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El Michels Affair: Sounding Out The City

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    10 years ago, Truth & Soul released it's first full length record, Sounding Out The City. It was also Leon Michels' first full length record under the moniker El Michels Aair. At the time, the budding retro soul scene consisted of mostly organ quartets a la The Meters and of course, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings were in the early days of their ascent to world domination.

    Leon Michels, who was 18 when recording Sounding Out The City began, had just released Thunder Chicken, the first record by his high school band The Mighty Imperials. At the time of SOTC, Michels was just discovering early rocksteady, afrobeat, and 60's garage rock, which inevitably crept its way into the songwriting. He purchased a Tascam 388, an 80's 1/4" reel to reel 8 track intended for home recordings, and began recording music in a 10x10 box with no windows that also doubled as his childhood bedroom. Along with fellow Mighty Imperials Nick Movshon, Homer Steinweiss, and Sean Solomon, and Michael Leonhart, Thomas Brenneck, and some of the musicians from The Dap Kings, Michels recorded the LP over a two year period.

    Upon it's release, it received some rave reviews and the small deep funk community ate it up, but due to the lack luster promotion and distribution the rest of the world was slow to catch on to the instrumental gems featured on SOTC, which Michels appropriately labeled as "cinematic soul". However, in 2005 it found it's way into the hands of the people who were organizing a series of concerts for Scion that paired bands with MC's. El Michels Affair was contacted about playing one show with Raekwon The Chef of Wu Tang Clan fame. The show was such a success it led to a tour, and then to another set of concerts that featured multiple members of the Wu-Tang Clan. This eventually led to the release of El Michels Affair's second record, "Enter the 37th Chamber" which introduced them to a much larger audience and has been their most successful release to date.

    Michels has since gone on to produce and co-produce many of the Truth & Soul releases including the new Lee Fields record, Emma Jean. He shares songwriting credits with Adele, Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, Aloe Blacc, and has played on records by Ray LaMontagne, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys and Dr. John.

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    1. Detroit Twice
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    2. Musings To Myself
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    3. Too Late To Turn Back
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    4. El Pueblo Unido
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    5. Behind The Blue Curtains
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    6. Ocho Rios
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    7. Yennicita
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    8. Creation
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    9. This Songs For You
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    10. Slide Show
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    11. Hung Up On My Baby
    Producers: L. Michels
    Year: 2004
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    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2014 6:53:00 PM; Partial IP: 228.109.70)
    Location: Ontario,Can/
    Comment: This is a nice album from beginning to end, a few of their tracks were featured on the Soul Fire box set!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/14/2009 7:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 168.119.32)
    Location: STATEN ISLAND
    Comment: A GREAT FEEL GOOD ALBUM! IF YOU LOVE FUNK IT'S A MUST! BUY IT NOW B4 ITZ GONE P.E.A.C.E.
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