Today I give you "Criminology," a vintage-inspired number that I stumbled upon recently and fell in love with immediately. The soundscapes in this track are beyond comparison to many funk-laden instrumental songs I've come across. The influences here date back several decades, with reflections of retro soul that is sifted through a filter of hazy, almost psychedelic gloom.
Currently signed to Truth & Soul Recordings, there is a good chance you might have heard of El Michels Affair through the musical grapevine. They've been directly sampled for a Ghostface track (their "Musings to Myself" formed the backbone of "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita"), they've backed up the Wu-Tang Clan and various solo members in a live-show capacity, and they've recorded new backing tracks in the studio with Raekwon (namely a 2007 remake of his noir-soul Pete Rock collabo "PJ's").