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El Michels Affair - Return to the 37th Chamber (Vinyl LP)

El Michels Affair - Return to the 37th Chamber (Vinyl LP)
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El Michels Affair - Return to the 37th Chamber (Vinyl LP)

The wait is over, Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair's highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. Churning out classic records since then for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and tons more, it is clear that EMA's signature sound is stronger and sharper than ever. This time, in addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, EMA pays homage to the production and sonic fog that makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving Return to The 37th Chamber it's own hazy sound. Adding to the unique fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, "John Carpenter" synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu's superlative vocals. From start to finish it's a dark trip that walks the line between RZA's timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.

El Michels Affair tackles some classics like "4th Chamber" and "Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fuck Wit," as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard's "Snakes, " Raekwon's "Verbal Intercourse," and "Shaolin Brew," Wu-Tang's contribution to the St. Ide's Hip Hop endorsement campaign from 1994. This time El Michels brings some of the Big Crown family along for the ride. Lee Fields handles vocal duties on "Snakes" and is joined by Shannon Wise of The Shacks for their version of "Tearz," which pays as much homage to the Wendy Rene sample as it does to the Wu-Tang Clan. Lady Wray makes an appearance on the cover of Method Man's hit, "All I Need," lending her vocal prowess to what gave the Wu one of their biggest hits of all time. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the "rug that ties the room together," giving Return To The 37th Chamber a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record and not just a collection of covers.

The vinyl version of Return To The 37th Chamber is presented with 4 different hand painted covers. The originals were painted on two sewn together flour sacks in Accra, Ghana by Heavy J and Stoger, two artists who are legends in the Ghanaian Mobile Cinema scene and regular contributors to the Deadly Prey Gallery's collection in Chicago. From the music to the presentation, this album is a perfect example of what can only be achieved through diversity. The end result is as much a kaleidoscope of influences and multiculturalism as the city it was recorded in. El Michels Affair is once again, "sounding out the city" that raised them, pulling elements of art and culture from across the country and around the globe to create an album truly unique in it's own right.

Tracklist

A1 4th Chamber  
A2 Iron Man
Guitar – Jacob PlassePiano – Vince John*Trumpet – Dave Guy
 
A3 Shaolin Brew
Mixed By – Nick MovshonTrumpet – Billy Aukstik
 
A4 Pork Chop Express  
A5 Snakes
Vocals – Lee Fields
 
A6 Drums For Sale
Drums – Max Shrager
 
A7 Shadow Boxing
Mixed By – Nick Movshon
 
B1 Sipped Up  
B2 Tearz
Vocals – Lee FieldsShannon Wise
 
B3 Verbal Intercourse
Organ – Toby Pazner
 
B4 Wu-Tang Clan Aint Nuthing Ta F' Wit
Drums – Homer SteinweissMixed By – Nick Movshon
 
B5 All I Need
Drums – Homer SteinweissMixed By – Nick MovshonVocals – Nicole Wray
 
B6 The End (Eat My Vocals)

 

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