With their down tempo rhythms and world flavored beats, Thievery Corporation has been at the forefront of the electronic music scene for well over a dozen years. In the last few years however, Thievery has become synonymous with the rare-groove sound that has made its way to the mainstream through various high-profile compilations and films, such as Zack Braff’s coming-of-age classic Garden State in 2004. These days, wherever there is an upscale lounge or dimly-lit dorm room, there is Thievery Corporation.
Luckily, the music hasn’t suffered.
On their new album, entitled Radio Retaliation (out September 23 on ESL Records), Thievery expands their sound as they pull from a more varied global landscape featuring new collaborators such as Nigeria’s Femi Kuti, Brazil’s Seu Jorge, India’s Anushka Shankar, and Slovakia’s Jana Andevska, among others.
Recorded in their hometown of Washington DC, the album is, according to Rob Garza, “a more overt political statement”. This is hardly surprising as the Thievery Corporation have a reputation for being socially conscious through their support of such causes like Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam America. Earlier this summer, the group curated the Outernational Music Tour, which included the presence of representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme to educate the audience about the global food crisis.
For those of you who live to see the music you love live, the band will embark on an international tour with a 15 member live band kicking off October 10th in Greece, but in the meantime here’s a sample of some of their classics.