Artist: Thievery Corporation (aka Eric Hilton and Rob Garza)
Album: Culture Of Fear (sixth studio album)
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Label: ESL Music
Hometown: Washington, D.C., USA
Sounds like: Components of Bob Dylan social commentary, minced with the Gorillaz-brand of electronic funk topped with an atmospheric film soundtrack.
Oddities: Hilton and Garza were introduced by a mutual friend at a lounge in Washington, D.C. back in 1995. Their hit “Lebanese Blonde,” was included on the 2004 Grammy Award-winning Garden State soundtrack. Since then the duo has remixed songs by Sarah McLachlan, Astrud Gilberto and The Doors.
What my ears hear: Perfect ambient music for a dinner party that will stir conversation. Electronic tunes, but not hard driving Trance by any means. The technology-based sounds are counterbalanced with elements of ballads, hip-hop and social commentary (while the messaging isn’t heavy handed).