The DC based electronica duo of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza – collectively known as Thievery Corporation – pays homage to Jamaican dub on the new album, The Temple of I & I, set for a February 10, 2017 release on ESL Music. Thievery Corporation cites the sounds and philosophy of Jamaican music as a huge influence since the debut EP, Sounds from Thievery Hi-Fi; going straight to the source was the next logical step. The album title is based on the Rastafarian concept of I and I, or unity between all people and the divine. “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. “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.”
Hilton and Garza traveled to Port Antonio, Jamaica’s Geejam Studios in February 2015 to immerse themselves in the island’s vibes in hopes of truly capturing its spirit. While there, they found the vocalist of their dreams in former model and beauty queen Racquel Jones. Hilton describes Jones’ vocals as “pure lyrical fire” and “impressive.” The group kicks off a 10 date US tour December 7 in Atlanta, with a second European leg starting February 15 in Lisbon, Portugal. Two singles from the album, “Let the Chalice Blaze” and “Letter to the Editor” are available for streaming now on Spotify. The Temple of I & I is available for pre-order now.