Music has a tendency to go stale rather quickly. However, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation don’t seem to have issues with invitation. The DC duo has been in the epicenter of electronic music since their humble beginnings.
Thievery Corporation is starting 2017 off with a new album, The Temple of I & I. This album offers a downtempo, hip-hop, trip-hop sound with a floating Caribbean vibe. The entire record was recorded in Jamaica. “The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains Eric Hilton.
Two singles were released before the initial February 22 date. “Let the Chalice Blaze” begins with a catchy kick drum and then the signature Thievery Corporation baseline before entangling the listener with a piano melody. The track hovers in it’s melodic vibe from beginning to end. This song makes you feel like you’re lounging on the white sands of Montego Bay.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, “Letter to the Editor” brings forth Racquel Jones, a Jamaican hip-hop star. Racquel rhymes fast, the drum line is even faster, his voice determined and strong. The remaining instruments all melt and warp into a downtempo, trippy spiral. You can check out the rest of the tracks for yourself below:
Rob and Eric have a way with music. After twenty plus years in the industry, they are still bringing in new fans and not selling out. They are not slowing down either, (a European tour is right around the corner.) In a high flaunting world, it is nice to listen to something organic and melodic. No 2 cent drops of pulsating bass, a simply humble sound done right. The Temple of I & I does just that.