Thievery Corporation

Recording at the Consulate studios in Washington D.C., Thievery Corporation have managed to blossom in the heart of the empire, a city the duo often refer to as the real Babylon. The group is a major presence in a scene legendary for fierce independence, musically and politically from genre-defining pioneers such as Chuck Brown and Fugazi to grassroots organizations such as Positive Force and the Future of Music Coalition.

 

Formed in the summer of 1995 at D.C.s Eighteenth Street Lounge the now world-renowned venue that is still a creative incubator for DC underground music—Eric and Rob bonded over strong drinks, dub, bossa nova and jazz records, then decided to see what would come of mixing all these in a recording studio. The duo caught the ears of underground DJs with their first two offerings, "2001 Spliff Odyssey" and "Shaolin Satellite" and with their 1997 debut LP, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, they had already begun to define a new genre of electronic music and connect with an international community of like-minded souls. Though the terminology has varied (downtempo, chill out, leftfield and a myriad of other permutations), they have been at the top of the game ever since.

 

After the warm minimalism of Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, Garza and Hilton raised the production value significantly with the highly acclaimed The Mirror Conspiracy, which contained the seminal international hit "Lebanese Blonde," which was featured on the Grammy winning and platinum selling Garden State Soundtrack. The next corporate offering was the conscious and thought-provoking The Richest Man in Babylon, which raised the stakes just as record bins began to be flooded with imitators. Released in February of 2005, The Cosmic Game broke new ground for Thievery with high profile collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Perry Farrell, and David Byrne contributing outstanding performances to an album that pushed Thievery's signature sound in new directions.

 

With the renowned club and record label, acclaimed compilations, legendary live shows, and sales of over one million albums to date—every single one of them self-produced and independently distributed—Thievery Corporation are undisputed standard-bearers of electronic music, and among the most adventurous and compelling artists extant. In the words of Rolling Stone: Together, Hilton and Garza explore foreign cultures with wide-eyed curiosity and a taste for the unexpected. Then they lock themselves in a studio and record songs that tell stories of a better world.

 

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FEATURED TRACK

The Heart's a Lonely Hunter (Thievery Corporation Remix)

Thievery Corporation (featuring David Byrne)

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Written and Produced by Garza, Hilton, and Byrne
Credits: Published 2005, Garza y Hilton Musica (BMI) and Malu Music dba/ Moldy Fig Music. Licensed courtesy of ESL Music.
Original Version appears on Thievery Corporation album The Cosmic Game, 2005.