El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber
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El Michels Affair

Return To The 37th Chamber

Truth & Soul
Release date: 14/04/17
genre: Funk
Format: LP
€24.99
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tracklist
1. 4th Chamber
2. Iron Man
3. Shaolin Brew
4. Pork Chop Express
5. Snakes
6. Drums For Sale
7. Shaolin Boxin
8. Sipped Up
9. Tearz
10. Verbal Intercourse
11. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin To Fuck Wit
12. All I Need
13. The End (Eat My Vocals)
El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber

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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 & 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 the 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 tha

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