The video for THIEVERY CORPORATION’s track, “Letter To The Editor” featuring Racquel Jones and directed by Richard Elgood, premieres on Afropunk today. Eric Hilton explains, “When we met first met Racquel Jones in Jamaica, she was shy, sweet Kingston girl. Then she dropped lyrical fire that burnt down the whole studio. This little video was shot indy-style on location in Kingston to give a small taste of the new Thievery Corporation LP, The Temple of I & I.” Watch here
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.
“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 is out now via ESL Records.
Feb 20 Kaserne Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Feb 22 L’Alhambra, Paris, France
Feb 24 Astra – Berlin, Germany
Feb 25 Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
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