EL MICHELS AFFAIR

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El Michels Affair first appeared in 2002 for a 12″ single on Soul Fire records entitled Easy Access Parts 1 & 2. The release was a loose collaboration between Soul Fire session musicians that featured saxophonist and organist Leon Michels. However, the style and sound of El Michels Affair, which was later coined “cinematic soul”, came about when Leon Michels and Nick Movshon, fellow band mates from The Mighty Imperials, began recording music in Michels’s bedroom studio. Leon Michels had purchased a Tascam 388 (a home recording 8-track module from the early eighties), and began experimenting with music that purposely strayed from the cookie cutter funk that began to saturate the market at the time. Taking influence from all types of music, Michels and Movshon began to create new type of soul music that blended the cinematic quality of soundtrack records with the recording aesthetic of early reggae, and the read more...
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR Sounding Out the City album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Sounding Out the City
Funk Jazz 2005
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Enter the 37th Chamber
Funk Jazz 2009

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EL MICHELS AFFAIR Walk on By (A Tribute to Isaac Hayes) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Walk on By (A Tribute to Isaac Hayes)
Funk Jazz 2009

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Easy Access
Funk Jazz 2002
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Detroit Twice / Too Late to Turn Back
Funk Jazz 2003
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Creation / Behind the Blue Curtains
Funk Jazz 2005
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C.R.E.A.M. / Glaciers of Ice
Funk Jazz 2006
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Duel of the Iron Mic / Bring the Ruckus
Funk Jazz 2006

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EL MICHELS AFFAIR Walk on By (A Tribute to Isaac Hayes)

EP · 2009 · Funk Jazz
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El Michels Affair continues to put a comtemporary spin on classic funk with the release of "Walk on By: A Tribute to Black Moses". This 27 minute set begins with "Shaft" and "Walk on By" the two obligatory standards. Well played and full of life. El Michels turns "Run Fay Run" into an Afrobeat classic. "Hung Up On My Baby" is a late night classic, and "Red Rooster" is deeply funky. My favorite song on the disc.

An uneventful yet fun "Bumpy's Lament" and a short edit of "Walk on By" finish the album. Short and sweet, this album is as cool as an Arnold Palmer after a hot 18 holes.

4+ stars

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