ME­NA­HAN STREET BAND

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

The Cross­ing Dun­ham

If you dig the mu­sic of Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones or other soul king­pins, you’re also dig­ging the work of the Me­na­han Street Band. The Brook­lyn col­lec­tive , founded by Thomas Bren­neck and fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians from El Michels Af­fair, The Dap-Kings, An­tibalas and Bu­dos Band, seem to hit the funk and soul sweet spot ev­ery time. In­deed, many hip-hop acts have taken no­tice: Jay-Z turned Make the Road by Walking into Roc Boys, and his lolly helped pay for the stu­dio where The Cross­ing was recorded. Th­ese tight, moody, sump­tu­ous in­stru­men­tals are widescreen, cin­e­matic pace-set­ters, with de­tailed, punchy, tex­tured play­ing taht draws you in and al­lows the drama to un­fold. Ex­pect the Me­na­han Street Band’s list of cred­its to ex­pand yet again. mena­hanstreet­band.com

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