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.
“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 fromThievery 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.”