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El Michels Affair

Multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels was a teenager playing in the Mighty Imperials, the Meters-inspired house band for Brooklyn label Soul Fire, when he started El Michels Affair, a more flexible retro-oriented act that pulls from vintage, groove-oriented funk, soul, Afro-beat, and jazz. El Michels Affair began in 2002, when they made their recorded debut with the "Easy Access" 7" single. As Michels involved himself with a multitude of other pursuits, including membership in Menahan Street Band and the Expressions, a long-term affiliation with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and session work with artists ranging from Dr. John to Lana Del Rey, the musician kept his Affair operational with a handful of albums and over a dozen singles and EPs scattered into the late 2010s.

After El Michels Affair established themselves with singles on Soul Fire and Daptone subsidiary Misty, the founder of the former label sold his studio and equipment to Michels, who, along with partner Jeff Silverman, started the Truth & Soul label. El Michels Affair's Sounding Out the City, released the following year, was the label's first full-length. Later that year the band backed Raekwon at a live event, which sparked a tour with the rapper and other Wu-Tang Clan members. Additionally, El Michels Affair started a series of instrumental singles that re-created Wu-Tang classics and collaborated with Raekwon on a new version of "The PJ's," originally produced by Pete Rock. This activity culminated in the band's second album, Enter the 37th Chamber, released in 2009 on Fat Beats. Several short-form releases, including an Isaac Hayes tribute, preceded another Wu-flavored set; Return to the 37th Chamber was issued in 2017 on Big Crown, another label co-founded by Michels. ~ Marisa Brown & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Return To The 37th Chamber

1. 4th Chamber

2. Iron Man

3. Shaolin Brew

4. Pork Chop Express

5. Snakes (Feat. Lee Fields)

6. Drums For Sale

7. Shadow Boxing

8. Sipped Up

9. Tearz (Feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks)

10. Verbal Intercourse

11. Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit

12. You're All I Need (Feat. Lady Wray)

13. The End (Eat My Vocals)

14. Iron Maiden

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Track List: Snakes (Single)

1. Snakes (Feat. Lee Fields)

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Track List: Verbal Intercourse

1. Verbal Intercourse

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Track List: Iron Man (Single)

1. Iron Man

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Track List: Tearz (Single)

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Track List: Strange Boy (Single)

1. Strange Boy (Feat. The Shacks)

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Track List: Enter The 37th Chamber

1. Duel Of The Iron Mics

2. C.R.E.A.M.

3. Mystery Of Chessboxin'

4. Can It All Be So Simple

5. Uzi (Pinky Ring)

6. Interlude

7. Glaciers Of Ice

8. Cherchez La Ghost

9. Criminology

10. Heaven & Hell

11. Bring Da Ruckus

12. Protect Ya Neck

13. Incarcerated Scarfaces

14. Shimmy Shimmy Ya

15. Outro

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Track List: Sounding Out The City (Deluxe Reissue)

Disc 1

1. Detroit Twice

2. Musings To Myself

3. Too Late To Turn Back

4. El Pueblo Unido

5. Behind The Blue Curtains

6. Ocho Rios

7. Yennicita

8. Creation

9. This Songs For You

10. Slide Show

11. Hung Up On My Baby

Disc 2

3. Little House

5. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Feat. Lee Fields)

7. Walk On By

8. A Little Sloppy

9. Blind Love

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Track List: Sounding Out The City

1. Detroit Twice

2. Musings To Myself

3. Too Late To Turn Back

4. El Pueblo Unido

5. Behind The Blue Curtains

6. Ocho Rios

7. Yennicita

8. Creation

9. This Song Is For You

10. Slide Show

11. Hung Up On My Baby

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Thanks for the 'new to me' jam Pandora. Wu-Tang instrumental s are sweet.
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Still dope
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Loven it soo
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So good. So incredibly good
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So smooth and timeless. Nothing beats musician on instruments
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Read the review .....drops the dope.k nowledge
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Are you kidding!!! Wow I want more of this :-)
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Tapped into the Soul 60's. 3m 14y
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My girls love this song
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Good muzic
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What a find - sounds like a beethoven of bop type precoscious genius.!
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jvandijkhors t 1 s
Found this group by watching a skateboard video and it has opened up a whole new genre for me. So smooth Im diggin it, love the horns.
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jcrawford.bi z
they use Protect Ya Neck everyday on National Public Radio. cool
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dman2040
This is seriously good! Very funky...
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keilah_clemo n s
Amazing music ...
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razor ramon thinks these guys are funky
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Their Issac Hayes tribute is off the hook as well. Their version of "Walk on by" is fantastic!
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Excellent band FUNK well delivered..
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this sheet right here is good

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