Saturday, April 18, 2009

OPEN YOUR MIND CASE 6: El Michels Affair

It goes without saying that any album that bears the title Enter The 37th Chamber, would undeniably have some ties to the original nine from the slums of Shaolin. So it comes as no surprise that the aforementioned album by El Michels Affair, a NYC collective of session musicians led by saxophonist and organist Leon Michels, does in fact contain reinterpretations of some of the Wu-Tang Clan’s many classic gems.

Interesting to say the least, many of Enter The 37th Chamber renditions are nothing less than perfect; for the most part the renderings by El Michels Affair can easily be deciphered. It [Enter The 37th Chamber] includes reconstructed cuts from Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) amongst other notable albums from their [Wu-Tang Clan] vast catalogue.

More often than naught you will be transported back to a time when the Wu reigned supreme. Evidently, they received the Wu stamp of approval, as they backed Raekwon in the Metro concert series. How can hip hop be dead if Wu-Tang is forever? As the manifestation of this album’s interpretations proves that the original nine cohorts made timeless music. Pick up El Michels Affair’s Enter The 37th Chamber on April 21st


El Michels Affair - Cream

El Michels Affair - Criminology

El Michels Affair- Shimmy Shimmy ya

El Michels Affair- Can It All Be So Simple

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