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Thievery Corporation – Saudade

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2014 by dk

Thievery Corporation - SaudadeWhen they met in the mid-1990s, Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza instantly bonded over their shared passion for bossa nova. Dedicating their 1996 debut ‘Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi’ to bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Washington, D.C.-based duo have spent nearly two decades creating boundary-warping, complexly crafted electronic music partly inspired by bossa nova’s intricate rhythms and lush textures. Now, with their seventh studio album ‘Saudade,’

Thievery Corporation present their first release devoted entirely to the Brazilian-born genre that first connected them. “We always try to progress into something different and stretch our musical chops, and taking a whole album to dive into this one sound seemed like a really great way to do that,” says Hilton. Adds Garza: “It’s a bit of a departure for us, but at the same time these are our roots, this is what brought us together. It’s us coming full circle from electronic music back to something organic before we move on to our next chapter.”

Thievery Corporation – Saudade 

1. Decollage
2. Meu Nego
3. Quem Me Leva
4. Firelight
5. Sola In Citta
6. No More Disguise
7. Saudade
8. Claridad
9. Nos Dois
10. Le Coeur
11. Para Sempre
12. Bateau Rouge
13. Depth Of My Soul
Released on their own label ESL Music, ‘Saudade’ borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning “a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence.” “Saudade is the essence or feeling of true bossa nova,” explains Hilton, who names “those warm, soulful, melancholic vocals” as one of the elements of bossa nova that’s most alluring to him.

Drawing influence from classic Brazilian performers like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá—along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena—Saudade achieves its delicate yet deeply sensuous sound with the help of more than a dozen guest musicians. With each track sung by one of five female vocalists (including longtime Thievery cohort LouLou Ghelichkhani, newcomer Elin Melgarejo, Nouvelle Vague singer Karina Zeviani, Argentine chanteuse Natalia Clavier, and former Bitter:Sweet singer/songwriter Shana Halligan), the endlessly mesmerizing album also features such guests as U.N.K.L.E. drummer Michael Lowery, Argentine singer/songwriter Federico Aubele, and master Brazilian percussionist Roberto Santos.

RVSB (DJ Raff and Latin Bitman) Return To The Club With ‘Nightlife’ (March 4th)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2014 by dk

RVSB (DJ Raff and Latin Bitman) Return To The Club With 'Nightlife' (March 4th)RVSB, the hard-hitting collaboration between DJ Raff and Latin Bitman, is back with the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed debut, with a new album ‘Nightlife’ to be released March 4th.

Nightlife’ features guest appearances from Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads / Tom Tom Club) and Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation). Last year, RVSB performed at Lollapalooza, including a special set at the official Lollapalooza after-party with Dillon Francis and Flux Pavilion.

With major synchs in hit video games like EA Sports’ ‘FIFA 12’ and ‘Need 4 Speed,’ plus TV shows like Showtime’s ‘Dexter,’ CW’s ‘Nikita’ and ‘90210’, Latin Bitman and DJ Raff have also enjoyed major features in NPR, Billboard, LA Times, etc.

Both originally from Chile, Latin Bitman and DJ Raff’s critically-acclaimed solo albums have long been crowd favorites, recently debuting at #1 on the World Music charts at tastemaker station such as KEXP (Seattle).  Raff and Bitman have performed at major festivals around the world, including Celebrate Brooklyn in NYC, Cypress Hill’s Smokeout, SXSW and Lollapalooza

Download:AM & Shawn Lee – All The Love+TOUR

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2013 by dk

AM & Shawn Lee - Two Times[La Musique Numerique out 5/7 via Park The Van Records]
AM & Shawn Lee released their new album, La Musique Numerique, earlier this month.

Separately, the AM and Shawn Lee have been involved a lot of creative projects throughout the past decade: AM has toured with AIR, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Thievery Corporation, and ShawnLee has shared stages with Phoenix & Sigur Ros. Shawn Lee has also become one of hip hop’s most sampled artists, and has worked on tracks with everyone from Amy Winehouse & Leann Rimes to the Spice Girls!

Download:AM & Shawn Lee – All The Love

AM & Shawn Lee: Sounds of Summer Tour 2013
6/13: Seattle, WA Live on KEXP 9:30 am PST
6/13: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
6/14: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
6/16: Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
6/18: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
6/19: Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
6/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
6/21: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/22: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup
6/25: Los Angeles, CA Live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”
6/26: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
6/28: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
6/29: San Diego, CA @ The Griffin


Natalia Clavier New Album Release May 28th ‘Lumen'(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by dk

Natalia Clavier New Album Release May 28th 'Lumen'On May 28th, Nacional Records will release the new album from Natalia Clavier (long-time vocalist of Thievery Corporation). The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada (Ocote Soul Sounds, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout).
Here is a sneak peak of Natalia Claviers’ New album ‘Lumen’.


With a sultry mix of jazz/soul-inspired vocals in both English and Spanish, electronic textures and global influences, ‘Lumen’ further develops the sound Natalia Clavier cultivated while recording and touring with both Thievery Corporation and her husband, Argentinean singer-songwriter Federico Aubele. Natalia Clavier was ESL Music’s first female artist and the touring vocalist for Thievery Corporation, giving her opportunities to tour the globe performing at the world’s largest festival stages.

Rob Garza ‘Remixes’

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 27, 2013 by dk

Rob Garza 'Remixes'Two years ago, recording artist/producer/DJ Rob Garza started fielding requests from all manner of musicians to remix their material. In demand because of his prestige as one half of pioneering electronic-music duo Thievery Corporation, Garza began honoring those requests as a labor of love and opportunity to explore new directions with his creative output. After amassing more than a dozen remixes, Garza decided to compile the tracks into one single collection, “Remixes”.

“Remixes” showcases Garza’s mastery as an electronic musician and reveals his passion for left-of-center dance genres. “There was a lot of experimentation in coming up with these remixes, and they very much reflect what I’m drawn to as a DJ,” says Garza. Kaleidoscopic, but intensely groove-oriented, the 14-track album represents a dizzying number of sounds from all corners of the music world, unified by Garza into a lush, shimmering soundscape.

For Garza—who’s devoted much of the last 18 years to creating the richly textured, endlessly innovative electronica that’s defined Thievery Corporation —there’s a certain freedom in the limitations of remixing. “When you’re making original music, there’s more exploration involved and you never know what’s going to come out of it,” he says. “Remixing is more like piecing a puzzle together —I look at the elements that grab me, then pull the track apart and reconstruct it into something new.” In remixing Tycho’s “Ascension,” for instance, Garza zeroed in on “these cool, ethereal arpeggios I was grooving on,” stripped those notes away, deepened the beat, and ended up creating a blissfully hazy track that’s nearly trance-inducing.

Garza delivers infectious remixes of tracks by deep-house DJ Miguel Migs (“The System”), Afro-Peruvian/electronica act Novalima (“Festejo”), Latin-influenced neo-soul act AM & Shawn Lee (“Promises are Never Far from Lies”), dancehall veteran Sleepy Wonder (“World Citizenship”), ambient musician Tycho (“Ascension”), and electro-chanteuse Shana Halligan (“True Love). Also featured are Garza’s remixes of Gogol Bordello’s “Through the Roof and Underground” and Aubele’s “No One”—as well as a reworking of Thievery Corporation’s fiery, Afrobeat-infused “Vampires” with San Francisco-based collective Afrolicious.

For inspiration in his puzzle-piecing, Garza heavily mined the dance styles and sub-genres he’s discovered through DJ-ing in his newly adopted hometown of San Francisco over the past few years. “When I first came to San Francisco, I got more into the dance scene and also started spending a lot of time in Mexico, where there are some great DJs coming through,” says Garza. “There’s so much going on in terms of people taking influences from all these different genres—like house and dub and new wave and disco—and putting it all together in a way that’s very new and original and inspiring to my own music.”

Rob Garza ‘Remixes’

Release date: May 28

01. Tycho- Ascension (Rob Garza remix)
02. Sunwolf- Cherry Crush (Rob Garza remix)
03. Afrolicious- Give It All Up (Rob Garza remix)
04. AM & Shawn Lee- Promises Are Never Far From Lies (Rob Garza remix)
05. Miguel Migs- The System (Rob Garza remix)
06. Gogol Bordello- Through The Roof And Underground (Rob Garza remix)
07. Thievery Corporation- Vampires (Rob Garza remix)
08. Wax Poetic- Tonight (Rob Garza remix)
09. Sleepy Wonder- World Citizenship (Rob Garza remix)
10. Novalima- Festejo (Rob Garza remix)
11. Shanna Halligan- True Love (Rob Garza remix)
12. Federico Aubele- No One (Rob Garza remix)

The Archives-New Reggae from ESL Music (preview)+Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2012 by dk


Out Now on ESL Music

The Debut Release From The Archives, DC’s Seminal Roots Rockers Digs Deep into Reggae’s Past to Discover the Future

Produced By Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton Archives Captures The Band’s Fierce Live Energy and Socially Conscious Stance


The Archives began when Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton began a quest to explore the roots of reggae music. He asked keyboard ace Darryl “D-Trane” Burke to put together a cover band that would introduce club goers to the rock steady hits and obscurities of the pre-reggae era. When the group began writing original material, Burke contacted players he knew that could bring a progressive vibe to the music. “Everyone in the band has recorded and toured internationally with acts like Eek-A-Mouse, Culture, Gregory Isaacs and The Abyssinians,” Burke explains. “We weave together the best of foundation roots, rock steady, early dub and dancehall influences with arrangements that use funky throwbacks such as jazz flute, melodica and organ to create a classic, yet fresh and conscious sound.”

The band landed a two-year residency at the DC club Patty Boom Boom. Nightlong sets that often saw them playing 60 tunes or more allowed them to hone their sound and win an audience of dedicated fans. “It takes time to create new flavors,” Burke explains. “Playing weekly allowed us to simmer this stew and unify our sound. Now we’re comfortable in any situation and confident that we can step up and take it to the next level.”

The Archives feature vocalists Ras Puma, the charismatic singer on Thievery Corporation’s Culture of Fear, and Lenny Kurlou (S.T.O.R.M.). Mateo Monk (Sankofa Blackstar) plays guitar, flute and melodica; Burke (Moja Nya, Eek- A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs) is on keyboards and drummer Leslie “Black Seed” James Jr. (Culture, Eek-A-Mouse) and bass player Justin “Relentless” Parrott (Claudius Linton) round out the lineup. The songs were composed collectively and all band members contributed to the arrangements.

With Eric Hilton behind the board and Thievery Corporation’s head engineer, Chris “Stone” Garrett, adding his magic to the mix, the band laid down 13 tracks full of smoking soul and sufferation. Burke’s funky clavinet and James’s one drop drumming introduce “Ghetto Gone Uptown.” Puma and Kurlou alternate lead vocals and add smooth harmonies to the chorus of this lover’s rock jam. The vibe is mellow, but the lyrics are a serious examination of the country’s economic woes. Legendary dance hall DJ, producer and Thievery Corporation vocalist Sleepy Wonder sings lead on “Music Is My Prayer,” an ode to the healing powers ofmusic. His scat-infused vocal on this sweet, laid-back track owes a debt to the work of Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose.

Download The Archives- Ghetto Gone Uptown

Desi Hyson, singer and main songwriter of Al Anderson’s Original Wailers takes lead vocals on “Crime,” a melodic romp that calls for the legalization of ganja with a ska-like bounce in its rhythm. “More To Life” is a Black Uhuru style roots rocker with inventive drumming from James and a passionate vocal from Puma, calling for worldwide responsibility and compassion as an antidote for the planet’s anguish. Subtle dub effects set off Monk’s wicked guitar solo.

Album Track List

1. Who’s Correct? Ft Ras Puma
2. Ghetto Gone Uptown Ft Ras Puma, Lenny Kurlou
3. Crime Ft Desi Hyson
4. Nuff A Dem Claim Ft Ras Puma
5. One More Time Ft Lenny Kurlou
6. More To Life Ft Ras Puma
7. Melodica Funk
8. Boof Baff Ft Ichelle Cole
9. Message For The Messenger Ft Ras Puma
10. Music Is My Prayer Ft Sleepy Wonder
11. Sensibility Ft Ras Puma
12. Why Can’t We Live Together? Ft Lenny Kurlou
13. Blasting Through The City Ft Ras Puma
The band shows off its diversity on the song “Melodica Funk,” a rock steady instrumental that blends melodica, Monk’s Latin-flavored jazz flute and Burke’s Jackie Mittoo-style organ solos and the track “Why Can’t We Live Together,” a funky disco/reggae cover of the Timmy Thomas standard. They also shine on “Who’s Correct,” a bubbly rock steady groove featuring Parrott’s militant Augustus Pablo-style bass line and a serious message of religious tolerance and a dub heavy take on the Clash/Mikey Dread tune “One More Time.”

“Dali once said he learned to paint like the masters before embarking on his visionary quest,” Monk says. “We strive to play like the masters in our field, but we’re part of our generation. Modern sensibilities have developed since the golden era of reggae: better gear, more awareness of studio techniques, new approaches to improvisation, new paradigms for the concert experience and greater social consciousness. We are not a retro band. We’re a 21st century band with really deep roots and we want to contribute to reggae’s evolution. Same tree, new leaves.”

Moving Up (Se Me Siento Fine) feat. Freddy Livingston, Pina, Doggy Fresh by Los Transatlanticos

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2012 by dk

Fusing Latin American sounds with European electronic beats can often produce a bland and rudderless dross destined for derivative lounge compilations and deliriously dull playlists at pretentious after work cocktail bars. Not so with the aptly named 1st Trip, the superb sophomore effort from the equally aptly named “Los Transatlanticos”.

The story of Los Transatlanticos begins in 1996 when the Croatian Born and Berlin Resident Dean Bagar went on a trip to Bogotá, Colombia, where he met Pablo Gaviria and immediately bonded over a common love for Caribbean music. Taking time out from running both a record shop and a label Dean began taking increasingly frequent trips to Bogotá to record jam sessions with Pablo at a local studio, where they’d often be joined by Pablo’s brother, the instrumentalist Alvaro Gaviria. Before long the synergy between both became such that they decided to form “Los Transatlanticos”, named! in reference to both their musical approach and their forced long distance artistic relationship, and formed of mainly Colombian musicians and vocalists.

The outcome of the first meeting of Los Transatlanticos is 1st Trip, a musical fusion of the Caribbean and the European which owes more to Manu Chao’s rebel nonconformist spirit than Thievery Corporation’s slick aesthetical perfectionism – to the benefit of the listener and live audience both – made its live debut at the Berlin Worldtronic Festival in December 2011 to rapturous reception, and will surely herald in a very eventful year ahead for these Transatlantic music friends who will be no-doubt performing at a festival near you. Until then, you can enjoy the raw energy and extravagant sounds of Los Transatlanticos courtesy of BBE Records now. It’s time to jam.