A loose-knit group of musicians drawn from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and the Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), the Menahan Street Band was assembled by producer Thomas Brenneck. Recorded in Brenneck's Menahan Street. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the conglomerate band blended a whole array of influences into a fresh approach to instrumental soul music that is as odd and quirky as it is familiar. The group's debut album, Make the Road by Walking, was released on Dunham Records, an imprint of Brenneck's own Daptone label, in 2008. After Jay Z sampled the album's title track for his hit single "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is…)", the band invested their royalty money from the song in building a studio. Brenneck launched the all-analog Dunham Sound Studios, and the band worked there for many months on the completion of their 2012 sophomore album The Crossing.
~ Steve Leggett