Thievery Corporation - Culture Of Fear

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Culture Of Fear is the sixth studio album by American trip-hop group Thievery Corporation, released in June 2011 via Eighteenth Street Lounge Music.

Thievery Corporation is a Washington, D.C.-based recording artist and DJ collective consisting of Rob GarzaEric Hilton, and their supporting artists Rob Myers, Loulou Ghelichkhani, Natalia Clavier, Frank 'Booty Lock' Mitchell, Mr. Lif, Jeff Franca and Ashish Vyas. Their music style mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip hop, electronica and Brazilian, including bossa nova.

When Eric Hilton and Rob Garza came together to form Thievery Corporation in 1995, the two Washington D.C.-based musicians and DJs were breaking new ground. Taking inspiration from British trip-hop artists like Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead, Thievery Corporation successfully combined down-tempo electronica grooves with reggae and R&B sounds to create songs that were both musically challenging and great to dance to. In addition, Hilton and Garza have always written lyrics that reflected the duo’s radical politics while still maintaining a groove that makes their missives palatable.

The collective’s old fans will likely find a lot to enjoy on Culture Of Fear . Their trademark mixture of real instruments, electronic textures and phrases that encapsulate everything from Brazilian bossa nova to old-school Jamaican dub are solidly intact. The juxtaposition of grooves is still profound and disturbing when it needs to be and light and dreamy when the going gets tough.

The title track is the best song on the album. Voiced by hip-hop artist Mr. Lif, the song encapsulates all of the politics and justifiable paranoia that have been Thievery Corporation’s stock and trade from the outset. It is a crucial, cutting edge song that is, by itself, reason enough to buy the album.

There is some great guitar work on Culture Of Fear  from Frederico Aubele and Robbie Myers that gives some dimension and immediacy to the electronic sounds. TC Thievery Corporation regular LouLou Ghelichkhani adds some lovely vocals, her silken voice lifting songs such as “Where It All Starts”. Similarly, rising Nigerian superstar Sleepy Wonder contributes some very impassioned vocals to “Stargazer”.

At their best, Thievery Corporation created a true cultural melting pot of sounds. Their music never comes off as gimmicky when they plunder West African or Indian classical themes. The fluidity and grace they demonstrate on album after album truly set them apart from other musicians working in the electronica field. Collaborations with the best artists in world and alternative music have elevated Thievery Corporation to a level of musical integrity that few electronic musicians have ever achieved, much less maintained throughout their careers.

Culture Of Fear  has a feel of familiarity but the grooves are still powerful, dense and spiritual.

Check out the tracks: “Culture Of Fear”; “Take My Soul” and “Is It Over”. 

This double album 2LP record set is a 2014 reissue is on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the USA.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Web Of Deception (Feat. Tamara Wellons)

4:32

A2

Culture Of Fear (Feat. Mr. Lif)

3:12

A3

Take My Soul (Feat. Lou Lou Ghelichikhan)

3:51

A4

Light Flares

3:01

A5

Stargazer (Feat. Sleepy Wonder)

3:44

B1

Where It All Starts (Feat. Lou Lou Ghelichikhan)

3:21

B2

Tower Seven

7:48

B3

Is It Over? (Feat. Shana Halligan)

3:22

B4

False Flag Dub (Feat. Chris “Ras Ruma” Smith)

3:04

C1

Safar (The Journey) (Feat. Lou Lou Ghelichikhan)

1:43

C2

Fragments

4:10

C3

Overstand (Feat. Chris “Ras Ruma” Smith)

3:40

C4

Free (Feat. Sylvia Bernice Eberhardt)

4:02

D

Blank

 

SKU 887158874826
Record Label Eighteenth Street Lounge Music
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number ESL 177LP
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 28 June 2011
Barcode # 887158874826
Shipping Weight 0.4500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Plain Black Paper Inner Sleeves, Repressing
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Trip Hop
Genre Downtempo
Genre Dub
Format VINYL LP

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