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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Beats
  • ASIN: B001SGFVFY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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With one foot in the Analog past and eyes firmly set on the future,El Michels Affair are among the leaders of a resurgent funk &soul movement from New York City. Led by saxophonist/organistLeon Michels and producer/engineer Jeff Silverman, El MichelsAffair began as a loose collaboration of soul session men (includingmembers of top-sellers Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, TheBudos Band, and Antibalas), releasing an acclaimed 2005 debuton their burgeoning label Truth & Soul (also the moniker for theduo as a production team). The buzz generated from that album led to Toyota (!) inviting themto do some promotional shows backing Wu-Tang Clan members,which led to more Wu-Tang gigs, which in turn led to a contract withFatbeats Records to do an album of instrumental Wu-Tang coversand interpretations.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TC on October 29, 2009
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If your first thought when hearing of this is that this is something along the lines of Dynamite Hack, (see Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap), forget that these are "covers" of the beats from a seminal rap album--this work stands on its own as an excellent down-tempo bit of acid jazz and chill. It's atmospheric, relaxed, and organic, and yet never schmaltzy; always delivering a groove that's sophisticated. It has a fantastic retro feel to it, but one that comes across as fully genuine. There is no forced-sounding attempt to be "nerdy old skool," even with the Kingston-like horns punching it up between the scratchy guitars and plinking acoustic piano. It seems clear that no one involved in the making of this felt they had anything to prove to anyone--it's confident, without being arrogant. They sound happy to be playing whether anyone gets what they're saying or not.

It works very well as a soundtrack to anything you want to add a level of urbanity to--cruising is a good activity, for example--but it's involved enough to also command your full attention. I'm very energized and excited by this album, and very few albums do that for me consistently or for more than the first few listens. Several months on of hearing this effort and I feel very confident that I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who wants some sophisticated chillout added to the mix of their life's soundtrack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cactus grooves on May 28, 2009
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Before listening to this album it was hard to imagine a soul/jazz/funk cover of Wu Tang's masterful '36 Chambers'...but this album takes a classic in exciting instrumental directions. The first two tracks are standouts which establishes the vibe for the album: a nice mix of strings, keys, horns, guitar, slick drums, and a few choice samples of martial arts movies to create a gritty but groovy atmosphere. I'm sure it helps to be a fun of Wu Tang's original album, but I don't think you'd have to be a fan of that album (or hip hop) to really dig this album. Head-noddin' goodness from start to finish. RIYL: anything from DJ Shadow to Medeski Martin Wood, any artists on the Stones Throw label.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Track 5 on June 11, 2009
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I'm not really a fan of Wutang or any hip hop, and that doesn't matter at all to enjoy this album. I've been listening to it all week, and I still can't get enough. It's funky and jazzy. If you enjoy good music, you should get this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on May 21, 2010
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Nice band. El Micheal's affair make modern soul jazz with hip hop beats,

Two things stand out. This band manages to make this music sound genuine without falling into formula. You are never going to mistake this for Jimmys Smith or McGriff, as the writing is fresh. This is close in spirit, but not sound, to Larry Young: take jazz organ and don't reinvent it but give it a sound that is a different take on the organism. In sound, I am reminded, in allusion and not xerox, of early Kool and The Gang.

The hip beats are mixed back: you are never going to mistake this for a 1963 Blue Note attack. But El Micheal's are smart: they really integrate a modern vibe--superimposing this is what makes most of these types of albums sound vapid and poises them to fail.

Worth checking out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.J.S. on June 9, 2010
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This album contains excellent instrumental renditions of Wu-Tang Clan songs! I love Wu-Tang music and find that this is great for driving through the city with all the windows down and relaxing to. I think El Michels Affair does a solid job of making these songs accessible to everyone and still being true to the original tracks. Wu-Tang fans will enjoy this and I believe someone who dislikes hip hop would even appreciate this album.

Hopefully, El Michels Affair comes out with another album like this because there is an incredible amount of Wu-Tang material.

This was worth every penny.
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