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THIEVERY CORPORATION Announce “The Temple of I & I” for Feb. 10, 2017

November 18, 2016 - New York, NY Portrait shoot with Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton credit Jen Maler

“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains Eric Hilton of DC-based electronic band THIEVERY CORPORATION about their new album THE TEMPLE OF I & I  (release date: February 10, 2017 via ESL Music). “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.”

Rife with inspired sounds of the island, The Temple of I & I kicks off with “Thief Rockers”, easing the listener into a reverb-heavy tropical sway that introduces Kingston-newcomer, vocalist Racquel Jones. “I met her on my first trip to Port Antonio and she played some demos at Geejam. She had actually used Thievery Corporation as her demo backing track, and it was a perfect match when I heard it. We’ve been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, you’d never expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery could come out of her. It’s impressive,” explains Hilton.

Thievery Corporation is releasing two tracks today – “Let The Chalice Blaze” which was premiered by PROHBTD and the album track “Letter to the Editor” which premiered on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Listen here:

“Let the Chalice Blaze”: http://open.spotify.com/album/77ZpSjfN3ca4LKcIRMhV5r

“Letter to the Editor”http://open.spotify.com/album/3thNyzuE1MldEo4sIcjKQG

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”

TOUR DATES

Dec 07       Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Dec 08       The National – Richmond, VA
Dec 09       Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Dec 10       The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 12       State Theatre – Portland, ME
Dec 13       House of Blues – Boston, MA
Dec 14       College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
Dec 15       9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Dec 16       9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Dec 17       9:30 Club – Washington, DC

Europe
Feb 15      Lisbon Coliseum – Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 17      Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain
Feb 19       Fabrique – Milan, Italy
Feb 20      Kaserne Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Feb 22      L’Alhambra – Paris, France
Feb 24       Astra – Berlin, Germany
Feb 25      Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic

Feb 25     Megaclub – Katowice, Poland

Feb 26       Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
Feb 28       Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 01      Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 02       Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 04       Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Mar 05       The Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom

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