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Thievery Corporation Premiere “Ghetto Matrix”

DC-based electronic duo THIEVERY CORPORATION teamed up with CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND to premiere the grooving, soulful, psychedelic “Ghetto Matrix”. The new track is from their upcoming LP THE TEMPLE OF I & I (release date: February 10, 2017 via ESL Music) and features vocals from Boston hip-hop artist, Mr. Lif, whose mellow flow harkens back to the days of Digable Planets, and A Tribe Called Quest. Consequence of Sound said, “Thievery Corporation and longtime hip-hop collaborator Mr. Lif reflect on the destruction and decay brought on by greed, employing a nice balance of magnetic confidence and smooth thoughtfulness on the downtempo number.”

“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains band member Eric Hilton about their new album. “On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment – to feel the pulse of the place.”

Infused with the culture and rhythm of Jamaica, The Temple of I & I is an extension of the dub ethos and aesthetic that they’ve harbored since their debut EP Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi, except this time, they dove headfirst into the rich and warm musical environs of Port Antonio, Jamaica and surrounded themselves with the island’s magic. Kicking off in February 2015, Hilton, Rob Garza and their DC-based live rhythm section settled into the deep part of Jamaica – Port Antonio – and began recording in Geejam Studios. “People couldn’t believe Robbie Myers, our guitarist, wasn’t Jamaican,” laughs Hilton. “I think they’re used to people coming down from London or LA to record rock and pop records, and they were thrilled that we had such a handle on their sound. It felt like the respect was mutual. It was beyond gratifying. High Grade ganja and bottles of Appleton rum started to show up on the reg.”

You can also check out “Letter to the Editor” which premiered on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The song features the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery of Kingston-newcomer, Racquel Jones. Find it here.

The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people’s consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation’s message since day one”

Thievery Corporation is Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The Temple of I & I will be released on February 10, 2017 via ESL Records.

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