Although some may pin electronic duo Thievery Corporation (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) as the soundtrack to their cocktail infused late night soiree, the act has always drawn deep from the well of independent and confrontational music subculture their home town of Washington D.C. is known for, to produce an ever expanding globally conscious catalog of music that is difficult to classify. Their tenth studio effort, Temple of I & I, is inspired by the culture and rhythms of Jamaica and was recorded at Geejam Studios on the Island itself.
Hilton explains, "The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us. 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."
No strangers to collaboration, this time around Thievery Corporation enlists the immense talents of Zee, Racquel Jones, Notch, Mr. Lif, Lou Lou Ghelichkhani, Shana Halligan, Elin Melgarejo and Puma, to create yet another mystical and impassioned sonic brew. Preceded by the redolent anthems "Let The Chalice Blaze" and "Letter to the Editor."