Record Roundup

Dip Into the 38th Chamber
Wu-Tango Clan
(FB Records, $14.99 /available: LP,CD, Download)

Wu-Tang Clans classic 1993 LP Enter the 36th Chamber has been a touchstone for not only modern rap but any adventurous music as well. Earlier this year the Brooklyn based funk outfit El Michels Affair released Enter the 37th Chamber a well received collection of instrumental versions of Wu-Tang classics. The success of the El Michels record has led to a sort of follow up, this time out it’s tango versions. The performers who call themselves the Wu-Tango Clan are an ad hoc band featuring members of The Tango Project and the Sons of Piazzolla. While tango and Wu might seem like an odd marriage of musical styles, the record works surprisingly well especially on “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” where the accordion playing shows a subtle depth not heard on the original recordings. Dip Into the 38th Chamber is not the only stylistic revisiting of the Wu-Tang Clan. Slated for release in early 2010 is a heavy metal collection, Hell-Tang Clan featuring members of Anthrax and W.A.S.P.

Available 10/13/09

    • Art Buchwald
    • October 14th, 2009

    I’m glad to know this’ll be released on vinyl as well. I’m a bit of a fetishist, you know?


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