Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Some of you will recognize the music immediately as the title track kicks in as "that song Jay Z sampled in Roc Boys", but I assure you, Menahan Street Band is much more than that. If you're a fan of soul, Motown, funk, jazz, and all things fun, then you need to listen to this band. Looking for a soundtrack to your summer, whether it be back yard BBQs or chilling on a rooftop? This is it. Here's a short bio:

"The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Antibalas and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush."

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This album features Menahan Street Band backing the vocal styling of Charles Bradley. If James Brown and Otis Redding decided to hijack a body, the result would be Bradley. If you can't get behind this record...just stay in your bedroom. Society is better off without boring people.

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