There must be something in the air!
Recent releases in the history of DJ-Kicks by the likes of Andrea Parker and Kemistry & Storm have given the series the ranking it deserves among the world’s best compilations, and have secured an impressive fan base. Whereas the ladies treated us to somewhat harder fayre (Electro, or Drum ‘n’ Bass), fans of a more chilled, cultivated groove can feast their ears upon this. American duo THIEVERY CORPORATION from Washington DC follow in the footsteps of previous DJ-Kicks releases by Rockers Hi-Fi and Kruder & Dorfmeister (The US version of which THIEVERY CORPORATION have been touted as for several years) by computer-editing their heavily dub-influenced set and adding a singer. Complemented with various snippets of world music, easy listening and bossa nova, THIEVERY CORPORATION’s set is an exciting addition to the DJ-Kicks series, and can already be feted as one of its best contributions.
Behind the name THIEVERY CORPORATION are Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, who also run a club in Washington and the record label Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL). For a few years now they have been responsible for building up a truly stylish scene around these institutions, which flocks to enjoy their club nights proferring a steamy mix of bossa nova, samba, dub, hip-hop, downtempo beats and jazz. THIEVERY CORPORATION literally wear their musical elegance on their sleeves, thus being dubbed as two of the "best-dressed men in showbiz" by Spin magazine. Following the release of two 12"s, they achieved international acclaim with their debut album "Sounds of the Thievery Hi-Fi". Its release on ESL was already a genuine (import) hit