El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber (Vinyl)


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El Michels Affair - Return To The 37th Chamber (Vinyl)

Please note, this pressing has 4 random cover images that we have no choice of when stock arrives from our o.s supplier. The image we have is based on the last cover we received.

Return To The 37th Chamber is El Michels Affair's 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 reinterpreting 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 hiphop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.

El Michels Affair tackles some classics like 4th Chamber and Wu Tang Aint Nuthin to Fucck Wit, as well as some deeper cuts like Ol Dirty Bastard's Snakes, Raekwon's Verbal Intercourse, and Shaolin Brew, WuTang's contribution to the St. Ide's Hip Hop endorsement campaign from 1994. This time El Michels 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 WuTang Clan. Lady Wray 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. Interspersed throughout the record are some original interludes that are like the 'rug that ties the room together,' giving Return To The 37th Chamber a cinematic narrative that makes it a proper El Michels Affair record and not just a collection of covers.

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.


  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. WuTang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F' Wit
  12. All I Need feat. Lady Wray
  13. The End

Type: Vinyl

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