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El Michels Affair Sounding Out The City

Warning: the dusty, instant vintage grooves of El Michaels Affair may be corrosive to your working knowledge of blue-eyed soul, especially after rocking the house backing Raekwon this summer. From 2004's super funky "Detroit Twice" to the Isaac Hayes cover "Hung Up On My Baby," these cats lay down dynamite instrumental soul with just enough distortion and tin can reverb to rival Sharon Jones' Dap-Kings (ironically, the two bands share interchangeable members). Revamped from the defunct Soul Fire Records, Truth & Soul is poised to peddle its relics to the masses. Putney Swope is somewhere smirking right about now.

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