Today, Thievery Corporation release their latest album, The Temple of I & I. The duo took inspiration from the warm musical environment of Port Antonio, Jamaica, and the group’s Eric Hilton expanded on that influence in today’s Talkhouse Weekend Playlist. Listen along for grooves that make Hilton smile, pure Brazilian brilliance and tracks that make Hilton want to head back to Jamaica right now.
– Dave Lucas, Talkhouse Marketing Manager
Mystic Moods Orchestra – “Cosmic Sea”
This is the type of music that could have only been created in the era of studio groups: late 1960s to mid 1970s. Here we find drums, bass, electric piano, clarinet, guitar, box and an orchestra used to the fullest effect. Epic.
Those Norwegians – “Dom B Sensi”
I’m loving this ’80s vibe spiced with filters and dubbed-out effects. Something about this groove just makes me smile.
Alton Ellis & Tupac – “Nothin’ Like Rocksteady”
My favorite mash-up ever. First time I played it was at Eighteenth Street Lounge at 3 a.m. I played it three times in a row because the crowd lost their minds and wanted to hear it again and again.
Sizzla – “Just One of Those Days (Dry Cry)”
The definition of a “big tune.” Makes me want to head back to Jamaica right now.
Linval Thompson & Trinity – “I Never Run I Never Hide”
This record is $50 to $100 if you can find it. I’m still looking for my copy! The music is courtesy of the Revolutionaries, one of Jamaica’s all-time greatest studio groups.
Jorge Ben – “Que Pena”
The most popular version of one of my all-time favorite songs. The Gal Costa y Caetano Veloso version is equally exquisite. Pure Brazilian brilliance.
Femi Kuti – “You Better Ask Yourself (Jose Marquez Remix)”
When we did our Thievery Corporation collaboration with Femi on “Vampires” I felt like he really appreciated the commentary in our lyrics. Then this song appeared on his next LP and I knew he was taking that message to a whole new level. I simply love the lyrics and power in this song.
William DeVaughn – “Be Thankful for What You’ve Got (FKJ Remix)”
I didn’t think it was possible to improve upon such a masterpiece. FKJ do a beautiful treatment of one of the greatest soul anthems of all time.
Royal Flush – “Rotten Apple”
A much-overlooked ’90s hip-hop cut that belongs next to any Gang Starr or A Tribe Called Quest tune. A masterpiece from deep in the crates.
Louise Vertigo – “Le Femme Fin de Siecle”
One of sexiest tunes from the golden era of ’90s trip-hop. I can never get enough of this French gem.