Thievery Corp Plans Its “Retaliation”


Fifth album features
international cast of guest stars.

By Blurt Staff


Thievery Corporation’s new studio album entitled Radio
drops September
23. As usual it will be issued on the band’s ESL Music label; it’s the fifth
from the mad-skillz production/DJ duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, who mash up
one of electronica’s more compelling blends of downtempo, hip-hop, dub/reggae,
Latin and afro-funk coming out of America today.
Plans are for
an iTunes digital pre-release Sept. 9 featuring an exclusive non album track
entitled “Philosopher’s Stone” available for the two weeks leading up to the CD
hitting retail outlets.



According to the
Corp squad,
The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of
Washington DC and the vibe is decidedly political which
is no surprise given the high profile presidential campaign happening this



is definitely a more overt political statement,” noted
Garza, in a statement. “There’s no excuse for not speaking out at this point,
with the suspension of habeas corpus, outsourced torture, illegal wars of
aggression, fuel, food, and economic crises.  It’s hard to close your eyes
and sleep while the world is burning around you.  If you are an artist, this
is the most essential time to speak up.”



Added Hilton, “Apart from a few independent bastions, there
is no musical or informational freedom on the US airwaves anymore.  They’ve
been bought up, consolidated and homogenized.  Radio Retaliation is about an exodus of conscious people who
are willing to acknowledge something is wrong with the ‘official version’ in
news and culture.”



It’s an
international thang, y’all, for the Thievery Corporation: this album’s g
include Nigeria’s afro-beat
heir Femi Kuti, Brazilian star
vocalist and guitarist Seu Jorge,
Indian sitar virtuoso Anushka Shankar,
Slovakian chanteuse and violinist Jana
, and Washington
DC’s own go-go originator Chuck Brown.  Also returning are
long time collaborators Sleepy Wonder,
LouLou, Notch, Zee, and Verny Varela.



The band plan to take their show on the road with an
impressive 15 member live ensemble for select dates in the U.S. and Europe this
fall and will also hit the festival circuit in the spring and summer of ’09. Announced
dates include: October 10 & 11 in Greece,
10/16 in Romania, 10/24 in Houston, 10/25 at the Voodoo Festival in New
Orleans, and 10/26 in Dallas.


[Photo Credit: Andrzej Liguz/]


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