Thievery Corporation, The Richest Man In Babylon

Ken Micallef

By Ken Micallef

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The digital duo delves deeper into Brazil, Jamaica and the Middle East

Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza began their career spinning dance 12-inches around their native Washington, DC, but they've since spanned the globe in search of sultry samples to exploit and exotic cultures to explore. Following 1997's Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi and 2000's The Mirror Conspiracy, TC delve deeper into the sounds of Brazil, Jamaica and the Middle East, creating computer dreamscapes of smoky melodies, deep dub bass and downtempo rhythms permeated by an air of mystery. As renowned for their remixes as their original music, TC show off mastery of a myriad of styles in the simmering lounge fuzak of "Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes" (with dreamy Italian vocalist Emiliana Torrini), the Fela-like "Liberation Front," and the bossa nova breeze of "My Destiny." The rest of …Babylon concentrates on reggae/dub romanticism, but the spice is what makes it nice.