This one’s full of dub from front to back, but then again what did you expect from a band that camped out in Jamaica’s Geejam Studios to track the album. True to form there’s been very little conventional promotion for ‘The Temple of I and I’, the latest studio album (their eighth) from the D.C. duo Rob Garza and Eric Hilton otherwise known as Thievery Corporation. So much so that we can’t even offer you a YouTube / Soundcloud link to listen (officially) to any of the tracks, so you’ll have to read our review and take DV’s word for it that this is a worthy musical investment. You can of course listen along on your favourite paid for online platform like Apple Music.
The formula of rich basslines driving the tracks forward through a sea of gentle horns and waves of splashy delay is consistent throughout. It’s all delivered with the style that can only come from a band with many years of experience working in the music industry. The vibe of the album takes you on a journey which could be represented by an inverted bell curve (time on the x-axis, darkness of sound on the y-axis) with its darkest moment being the track ‘Time + Space’ with its French / English vocal courtesy of Lou Lou Ghelichkani.
The guest vocalists provide an extra dimension to the tracks, allowing connection through words as well as the expertly crafted soundscapes. Sink deep into the lyrics on the second pass, there’s much food for thought courtesy of the likes of Mr. Lif, Puma, Notch and others.
Dust off the soundsystem, tune those bass bins, sit back with a Dark and Stormy, enjoy. It’s a surefire recipe for success.