WU-TANG REINTERPRETATIONS ALBUM FROM LEON MICHELS (THE ARCS, LEE FIELDS, LANA DEL REY, CHICANO BATMAN) OUT THIS FRI, APRIL 14 ON BIG CROWN RECORDS
Return To The 37th Chamber from El Michels Affair is out this Friday, April 14 on Big Crown Records and the album is the highly anticipated follow up to 2009's underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. Producer and multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels (The Arcs, Menahan Street Band, Lee Fields, The Shacks) recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting six 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.
Mass Appeal has an in-depth interview with Michels and is streaming the album in full ahead of its Friday release.
Hear Return To The 37th Chamber @ Mass Appeal
Return to The 37th Chamber tackles classics "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. "Iron Man" is a live band reworking of the "Iron's Theme" interlude from the Ghostface album, Supreme Clientele and you can watch the video HERE.
El Michels also 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 also 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.
The vinyl version of Return To The 37th Chamber is presented with four 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.
Pre-order Return To The 37th Chamber HERE
"Iron Man" Video: https://youtu.be/g6Lk6YRS5b0
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(Photo Credit: Emelia Ruiz-Michels)
El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber Track List:
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 and The Shacks)
10 - Verbal Intercourse
11 - Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit
12 - All I Need (feat. Lady Wray)
13 - The End (Eat My Vocals)