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Soul - Released May 8, 2020 | Big Crown Records

Producer and multi-instrumentalist fan of vintage, Leon Michels regularly returns to front his oddball band El Michels Affair, capable of reinterpreting instrumentals of classics like Enter the 37th Chamber by Wu-Tang Clan or cinematographic demonstrations of retro soul. A truly unique band who have recorded for artists like Adele, Dr John, Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc and fittingly Wu-Tang who embarked with them on a world tour… With “Adult Themes” released on Big Crown Records, a label cofounded by Michels, the gang from Brooklyn set covers to one side and concentrate exclusively on original compositions, all instrumentals, that echo composers from the sixties and seventies like David Axelrod, François de Roubaix, Moondog and Galt MacDermot. A combination of dark soul, convincing B-movie soundtracks, and funky jazz - a goldmine for rappers in search of samples.The melodic palette is vast, orchestrations are polished and psychedelia is scattered here and there. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Released March 26, 2021 | Big Crown Records

Leon Michels, producer, multi-instrumentalist, vintage fan and boss of label Big Crown, regularly returns to his super exotic group El Michels Affair, with the power to reinterpret a classic like Enter the 37th Chamber by Wu-Tang Clan as an instrumental or weave cinematic retro soul. It’s an outfit so singular that Michels was tapped to add his signature sound to albums by Adele, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc and, yes, Wu-Tang, who brought them out on a world tour… In 2020, with Adult Themes, the Brooklyn gang launched impeccable instrumentals echoing the work of ’60s and ’70s composers like David Axelrod, François de Roubaix, Moondog and Galt MacDermot. It’s a dark soul trip into faux stag-film soundtracks and funky jazz. One year later, with Yeti Season, he sets yet another original course between Turkish funk and soul made in India! From opening track Unathi, there’s no resisting the voice of Piya Malik, member of the group 79.5. Her Hindi vocals, also heard in Zaharila, Murkit Gem et Dhuaan, served as a compass for Michels. “When Piya started singing in Hindi, she had a different voice, a different tone. I knew we had to do something together”. Another singer, Shannon Wise of Shacks, features in Sha Na Na to further spice up this exotic, chic record, as unclassifiable as every Michels release. In this time of confinement, Yeti Season is the perfect escape. This funky Southeast Asian subcontinental treat, half easy listening, half psychedelic soul, is your ticket to ride! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 14, 2017 | Big Crown Records

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Funk - Released July 8, 2016 | Big Crown Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 25, 2012 | Fat Beats Records

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Funk - Released March 17, 2009 | Truth & Soul

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Soul - Released March 15, 2021 | Big Crown Records

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R&B - Released May 20, 2016 | Big Crown Records

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Soul - Released June 22, 2018 | Big Crown Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 24, 2016 | Big Crown Records

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Funk - Released January 12, 2021 | Big Crown Records

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Soul - Released June 1, 2020 | Big Crown Records

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Reggae - Released October 26, 2018 | Big Crown Records

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Funk - Released July 13, 2020 | Big Crown Records

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Funk - Released August 12, 2020 | Big Crown Records

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Soul - Released February 9, 2021 | Big Crown Records

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Soul - Released November 20, 2019 | Big Crown Records

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