Vintage soul instrumental group El Michels Affair have released their highly anticipated studio LP, “Enter The 37th Chamber.” The album, full of adaptations of classic Wu-Tang Clan songs, was released April.
At the core of a movement that includes Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, and The Budos Band, El Michels Affair are among the leaders of a retro-soul and funk movement causing a stir both in the streets and on the charts. Led by saxophonist/organist Leon Michels (who’s song with Menahan Street Band was lifted by Jay-Z for “Roc Boys),” and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El Michels Affair comprises a collection of other musicians from The Dap-Kings, the Budos Band, and Antibalas. Although sharing similarities with these groups, the El Michels’ sound is its own – versatile enough to span genres including soul, funk, hip-hop, and punk rock. Always hard at work in the studio, El Michels Affair looks forward to stepping back into the spotlight to display that versatility on their new album, Enter The 37th Chamber. (Frank151)