Stream: Menahan Street Band “The Crossing”
The Menahan Street Band are an under appreciated, but spectacular, part of the Dap Kings crew. The band, featuring members of Antibalas, The Daptones, The Budos Band and the Charles Bradley band, focus on sultry instrumental grooves that transport the listener to a smokey club, bourbon in hand, from decades past. In a strange twist, instead of being reminded of the vintage soul-funk grooves that this music pays homage to when listening to The Crossing, I couldn’t help but think of what these horn punctuated jams would sound like in the hands of Madlib, Oh No or (the late) J Dilla. Some of the tracks are such deep grooves that they seem ready made for a (good) rapper to go to town on them, but all of the tracks seem tailor made to be cut up into stone cold beats. You can stream the record over at Rolling Stone HERE and the group bring their live show to Minneapolis tonight at the 7th Street Entry. The show will be kicked off with a DJ set by the good dudes at Secret Stash spinning some of their record collection.