June 13, 2005

Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Game

Get lost in The Cosmic Game Posted by Hello

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have had a whirlwind couple of years. Otherwise known as Thievery Corporation, the two DJs seem to be composing music constantly. The Cosmic Game, released on Feb. 22 this year, was preceded by Babylon Rewound on Nov. 2, 2004, and The Outernational Sound in Jun. 2004. With each release, they somehow manage to gain more and more popularity worldwide, yet maintain their cult status as underground artists to their fans. Their media campaign still consists of short European tours, small impromptu sets at their DC club, the Eighteenth Street Lounge, and word-of-mouth advertising by fans.

The newest release, The Cosmic Game, is a culmination of Garza and Hilton's influences. They continue to build on their acid jazz roots with psychedelic trip-hop, bassanova, and Brazilian percussion. The rhythms as well as the guest singers become more international with each album as Thievery enlists the talents of everyone from The Flaming Lips to Perry Farrell and Punjabi singer Gunjan. "Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun)" (MP3 clip) could be straight from Air's soundtrack to the Virgin Suicides, but with an enticing vocal by Wayne Coyne that lightens the mood. "Warning Shots" (MP3 clip) harkens back to the best of The Richest Man in Babylon, with its raggae-rap social commentary laid over a hypnotic beat. This body of work is enough to put one in a trance-like state for a couple of hours, and will probably cause iPod-toting background listeners to sit, if not lie down, for a while.

Click here to buy The Cosmic Game.
Click here to buy Babylon Rewound, 8 remixes of songs from The Richest Man in Babylon
Click here to buy The Outernational Sound