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Big Crown Records

El Michels Affair – Return To The 37Th Chamber

$38.00

Big Crown Records

El Michels Affair – Return To The 37Th Chamber

$38.00

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“In 2015, El Michels Affair were the penultimate link in a particularly weird chain: A$AP Rocky’s track, “Wavybone,” sampled their 2009 instrumental cover of Raekwon’s 1994 RZA-produced “Heaven & Hell,” which itself sampled Syl Johnson’s 1974 song, “Could I Be Falling in Love.” But if “sample of a cover of a sample of a soul song” seems like a bizarre game of hip-hop telephone, it’d be harder to think of a more fitting participant than the El Michels Affair. The NYC lo-fi funk band became the live backup for a Raekwon tour in 2005, the same year their debut Sounding Out the City was released, and by the time Enter the 37th Chamber dropped in ’09, they’d actually gigged with members of the Wu-Tang Clan enough to have an all-instrumental album of Wu-beat covers make all the sense in the world.

Return to the 37th Chamber isn’t a more-of-the-same sequel, though. The sound is familiar—grimy psych-soul renditions of Wu and solo member classics like “4th Chamber” and “Verbal Intercourse” are reproduced with a live-band fidelity that hews close to the spirit of the original productions while getting a little room to sprawl—but they bring a few new ideas to the plate.” – Bandcamp

Item description:        

Artist:

El Michels Affair

Title:

Return To The 37th Chamber

Label:

Big Crown Records

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album

Pressing:

US

Release Date:

14th April 2017

Genre:

Hip Hop, Funk / Soul

Style:

Funk, Soul

Catalog No:

BC017-LP C

Condition:

New