Menahan Street Band – Make The Road By Walking

Brooklyn based Menahan Street Band is straight funk/soul music and was formed by Thomas Brenneck in 2008, the same year this album was released. The group is comprised of musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and The Budos Band.

Their first single “Make The Road By Walking” was sampled by Jay-Z on “Roc Boys (And the Winner is…)” off The American Gangster album. Other hip hop artist went ahead and sampled a few of their songs.

El Michels Affair – Sounding Out The City

“Over 10 years ago, Leon Michels released his first full length record, Sounding Out The City. It was Michels’ first full length record under the moniker El Michels Affair. 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.”