THIEVERY CORPORATION unveil video for ‘Letter to the Editor’

DC-based electronic duo THIEVERY CORPORATION share the grooving, soulful, psychedelic “Ghetto Matrix”. The new track is from their upcoming LP THE TEMPLE OF I & I (release date: February 10, 2017 via ESL Music) and features vocals from Boston hip-hop artist, Mr. Lif, whose mellow flow harkens back to the days of Digable Planets, and A Tribe Called Quest. Consequence of Sound said, “Thievery Corporation and longtime hip-hop collaborator Mr. Lif reflect on the destruction and decay brought on by greed, employing a nice balance of magnetic confidence and smooth thoughtfulness on the downtempo number.”

“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains band member Eric Hilton about their new album. “On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment – to feel the pulse of the place.”

Infused with the culture and rhythm of Jamaica, The Temple of I & I is an extension of the dub ethos and aesthetic that they’ve harbored since their debut EP Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi, except this time, they dove headfirst into the rich and warm musical environs of Port Antonio, Jamaica and surrounded themselves with the island’s magic. Kicking off in February 2015, Hilton, Rob Garza and their DC-based live rhythm section settled into the deep part of Jamaica – Port Antonio – and began recording in Geejam Studios. “People couldn’t believe Robbie Myers, our guitarist, wasn’t Jamaican,” laughs Hilton. “I think they’re used to people coming down from London or LA to record rock and pop records, and they were thrilled that we had such a handle on their sound. It felt like the respect was mutual. It was beyond gratifying. High Grade ganja and bottles of Appleton rum started to show up on the reg.”

The Temple Of I & IYou can also check out “Letter to the Editor” which premiered on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. The song features the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery of Kingston-newcomer, Racquel Jones. Find it here: blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/2016/12/track-premiere-thievery-corporation-letter-editor

“The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people’s consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation’s message since day one”

Thievery Corporation is Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The Temple of I & I will be released on February 10, 2017 via ESL Records.

TOUR DATES
Europe
Feb 15 Lisbon Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 17 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 19 Fabrique, Milan, Italy
Feb 20 Kaserne Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Feb 22 L’Alhambra, Paris, France
Feb 24 Astra – Berlin, Germany
Feb 25 Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 26 Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
Feb 28 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 01 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 02 Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 04 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Mar 05 The Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom

ELLEN TV STAR LYDIA LEE RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE ‘BLUE’

Counting Ellen as one of her biggest fans, Korean singer Lydia Lee starts 2017 with her stunning debut single ‘Blue’, released worldwide today via Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and YouTube.

About as pure pop as it gets, Lydia eases effortlessly into main single ‘Blue’, opening up her incredible range with practiced control as the single grows and blossoms with each passing second. Like a living entity, the orchestral sections swell, bubble and dance underneath her powerful vocals, rushing towards goose-bump inducing moments that will have fans instantly reaching for the repeat button.

Also released as the official B-side is bonus single, DJ Ken’s remix of ‘Paralyze Me’. A jaunty, delicate, infectious ditty, Lydia’s voice struts across acoustic guitars, shuffling percussion parts, dancing piano and sleazy jazz elements. Riotous, confident and fun, it’s hard to believe that Lydia is still just a teenager, having only just left school.

Lydia is already known to millions of music fans around the world. In November 2015 her video cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’ exploded virally across the Internet, racking up over 8 million views on YouTube in just a matter of days. Spotted by Ellen, the multi award-winning TV superstar flew the teenager to the States to perform the track live in front of a global audience.

With ‘Blue’ and ‘Paralyze Me’ just the first in what promises to be a spine-tingling run of original pop music, the world looks set to discover a brand new star in the making.

NEW TRACK + VIDEO: Barclay Crenshaw shares ‘The Real X-Files’ featuring Lady Chann taken from forthcoming debut album

Hot on the heels of his debut mixtape, Barclay Crenshaw kicks off 2017 with his third single “The Real X-Files”, featuring the instantly recognizable and raw vocals of Lady Chann, taken from his forthcoming self-titled debut album out January 27, 2017.

Staying true to otherworldly experiences portrayed on the album, the video shot and directed by The Bow (Markus Hofko), is a journey through North Africa’s desert creating an epic visual for ancient alien abductions and explorations of time and space.

The enchanting Lady Chann appears in the video with an ominous cloak using mystical powers to control mysterious shape shifting orbs while taking the track to a whole new level with her grime riddims and sultry voice.

The self-titled debut album is a left-field departure from his better-known alias, Claude VonStroke, and sounds like a mixture of gold rope chains and new age enlightenment. Modern organic beats mixed with gorgeous melodic moments and a fair bit of grit create an experience that is eclectic, expressive and expansive. Coded art furthers the sense of mystery and the unknown, harking to the past while searching into the future. Guests include a wide array of artists, from Mr. Carmack to Brainfeeder affiliates The Underachievers and even a Cool Kids reunion with Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks.

Barclay will accompany the album with a 11-date debut US tour kicking off at LA’s Low End Theory and making stops in Miami, New York, Chicago and more.

Aisha – Fake

Aisha showcases her creative and unique British spin on American style RnB. The self admitted perfectionist believes that the UK scene is dominated by urban rap and grime and lacks more soulful RnB sounds, which is what has prompt her to create ‘Fake’.

‘Fake’ follows the story of Aisha’s ex-boyfriend, a compulsive liar, who cheated of her compatible times. She perfectly depicts the relationships storyline and expresses her emotional anger with confidence and elegance.

Aisha grew up listening to American RnB and soul artists such as Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans and Alicia Keys, which shines through her single in regards to her vocal projection and control.

THIEVERY CORPORATION Announce New Album The Jamaica-Infused THE TEMPLE OF I & I

“The innovation, spirit and power of Jamaican music is a constant source of creative manna for us,” explains Eric Hilton of DC-based electronic band THIEVERY CORPORATION about their new album THE TEMPLE OF I & I (release date: 10th February, 2017 via ESL Music). “On the musical map, Jamaica is an entire continent. Frankly, we could have spent a year there, soaking up the vibes in the air and the strength and resilience resonating from the people. And for us, the only way to connect with this rich source of inspiration was to work in that environment – to feel the pulse of the place.”

Infused with the culture and rhythm of Jamaica, The Temple of I & I is an extension of the dub ethos and aesthetic that they’ve harbored since their debut EP Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi, except this time, they dove headfirst into the rich and warm musical environs of Port Antonio, Jamaica and surrounded themselves with the island’s magic. Kicking off in February 2015, Hilton, Rob Garza and their DC-based live rhythm section settled into the deep part of Jamaica – Port Antonio – and began recording in Geejam Studios. “People couldn’t believe Robbie Myers, our guitarist, wasn’t Jamaican,” laughs Hilton. “I think they’re used to people coming down from London or LA to record rock and pop records, and they were thrilled that we had such a handle on their sound. It felt like the respect was mutual. It was beyond gratifying. High Grade ganja and bottles of Appleton rum started to show up on the reg.”

Rife with inspired sounds of the island, The Temple of I & I kicks off with “Thief Rockers”, easing the listener into a reverb-heavy tropical sway that introduces Kingston-newcomer, vocalist Racquel Jones. “I met her on my first trip to Port Antonio and she played some demos at Geejam. She had actually used Thievery Corporation as her demo backing track, and it was a perfect match when I heard it. We’ve been waiting years to find a conscious, brilliant, female Jamaican singer and MC. As a model and former Miss Jamaica contestant, you’d never expect the pure lyrical fire and tough delivery could come out of her. It’s impressive,” explains Hilton.

Thievery Corporation have released two tracks as a taster to the forthcoming album – “Let The Chalice Blaze” and “Letter to the Editor”.

“The Temple of I & I is a place of worship that exists only in our imagination; a place where all people are chosen people and the unity of living things is possible,” explains Hilton about the album’s title. “So much of the world is divided into tribes and belief systems that have imprisoned people’s consciousness and allowed a few to control the many. Culture can be a blessing and a curse. Humanity transcends tribe and culture. This has been a constant theme in Thievery Corporation’s message since day one”

Thievery Corporation is Eric Hilton and Rob Garza. The Temple of I & I will be released on 10th February, 2017 via ESL Records.

TOUR DATES
Europe
Feb 15 Lisbon Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal
Feb 17 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, Spain
Feb 19 Fabrique, Milan, Italy
Feb 20 Kaserne Basel – Basel, Switzerland
Feb 22 L’Alhambra, Paris, France
Feb 24 Astra – Berlin, Germany
Feb 25 Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 26 Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
Feb 28 Batschkapp – Frankfurt, Germany
Mar 01 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 02 Den Atelier – Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mar 04 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
Mar 05 The Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom

T2 THE GHETTO HIPPIE – “LET GO” (ft. Kam Franklin of The Suffers) // Feel-good hip-hop/pop

Who was the last stranger who made you smile? Turning some preconceived notions about hip-hop and rappers on their ear, T2 “The Ghetto Hippie” took to the streets of H-Town to slang positivity. This is the video for “Let Go,” T2’s newest single with the indomitable Kam Franklin of The Suffers. Preaching a message of letting go of the little things you cannot control and allowing respite for oneself, T2 gives us a little reminder of humanity. This one’s a must-share with friends and family who might need the positivity themselves.

Plenty more on the way from T2 in 2017 — stay tuned!

Hati – Pay Me

KAYZO “Born Again” Get’s Insane Remix From Rising Bass Act

Berlin based indie/electro soul act Lion Sphere release debut EP ‘The Infinite You’

Berlin based four-piece Lion Sphere are one of the most exciting German newcomers of 2016. Today they release their eclectic indie-rock-tinged, future-soul EP The Infinite You, following on from singles ‘Caravan’ and ‘Sisters’.

Gathered from all walks of life and multiple cultural backgrounds, Lion Sphere’s four members create wonderfully intricate music. Lyrically, the 5-track offering explores the concept of having “multiple versions of yourself, which are often mirrored by people around you” says lead singer Joel.

“Some you have control over, some hide in the unconscious and burst out in extreme situations. When faced with a difficult circumstance you’ll often find yourself developing a new layer of personality to deal and learn from your situation”.

The band blend thumping electronic fragments with heavy hip-hop grooves, spacious guitar licks and raw, soulful vocals to create a mixture of genres which don’t quite sound like anyone else, and this is what sets them apart in the German musical landscape.
The music is a mesmerising fusion of dreamy melodic detail, airy synths, jazz infused drums and a satisfyingly throbbing bass presence.

Sun City – Castaway (ft. Yeo)

West Australian duo Sun City return to us this week with a brand new summery treat called ‘Castaway’, which features the voice of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Yeo, and is just the first taste of their forthcoming ‘Daytona EP’.

‘Castaway’ is a much-welcomed return for Sun City as they give us a nice little intro into the new material they’ve been busy working on. Their aim was to create a chilled but upbeat track with warm coastal-summer vibes, and with the use a variety of different synths coupled with tropical percussive elements, this is something they have achieved 100%.

The track opens with an easy steel drum intro as Yeo’s voice begins to tell a tale of relinquishing control. They’re soon met by a smooth uplifting beat, warm tropical percussion and a variety of crisp synth sounds that all come together to give ‘Castaway’ its chilled summery groove.