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.
Heavyweight vinyl produced by Big Crown in 2017.
1. 4th Chamber
2. Iron Man
3. Shaolin Brew
4. Pork Chop Express
6. Drums For Sale
7. Shadow Boxing
8. Sipped Up
10. Verbal Intercourse
11. Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
12. You're All I Need
13. The End (Eat My Vocals)
14. (Bonus Track) Iron Maiden