Delivering their distinctive sounds of acid jazz and electronica dub beats, the long awaited reggae-heavy The Temple of I & I, lives up to everything that we expect and hope for from Thievery Corporation. Released under ESL Music, it is available on all of the usual online streaming outlets on Friday, 10 February 2017. This exciting release comprises 15 tracks of the finest electro-dub, acid jazz, and reggae wrapped into one album that you won’t be able to put down, featuring some of the freshest vocalist collaborators around, such as Mr Lif, Raquel Jones, and Notch, to name but a few.
The stand out tracks of the album are certainly the bass-heavy acid dub of Letter to the Editor and Road Block, both featuring Rachel Jones and hitting the spot on so many levels, as well as the spirited Ghetto Matrix, featuring Mr. Lif, which delivers the unique and vibrant Thievery Corporation sound we have come to love.
The Temple of I & I takes the listener on a rollercoaster of emotions and a musical journey. The first part of the record has its roots firmly planted in Jamaica with deep dub tunes and several outright reggae tracks, such as Strike the Root and True Sons of Zion, both featuring Notch. With a gentle transition to electronic acid jazz, the title track The Temple of I & I, rings in a series of easy listening lounge tunes, featuring Lou Lou Ghelechkhani, Shana Halligan, and Elin Melgarejo. Weapons of Distraction marks the switch back to deeper acid dub and reggae sounds. If you close your eyes, or squint a little, The Temple of I & I will transport you to the finest clubs in Europe’s capitals via an extended trip to Kingston.
This record firmly belongs in any self-respecting electronic acid jazz, reggae and dub lover’s collection. It upholds the traditions of sensual and emotive music that has made Thievery Corporation the household that they are. Thievery Corporation are playing set in Barcelona, Berlin, and London over the next few weeks, so make sure to catch them. If, like us, you can’t wait until the album gets released on Friday to get your dose of hypnotic dub mixed with techno and reggae, a preview to the album is available here. 9/10