After 15 or so years and five studio albums, Thievery Corporation themselves, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza, bring together 16 personally-selected favourites to act as a primer for their much-loved Washington DC-based outfit.
While failing to acknowledge their earliest work (no 2001: A Spliff Odyssey, Coming From The Top or 38:45 – A Thievery Number? Really?), their four main albums from the 00s are well represented. You hear the late Pam Bricker’s fabulous vocal on perhaps their most well-known side, Lebanese Blonde (known for its usage in Garden State); the “big star” collaborations from The Cosmic Game are overlooked in favour of tracks the calibre of the Notch-featuring, Amerimacka. 2008’s Radio Retaliation is well-covered, with vocalist Lou- Lou’s blank vocals on Sweet Tides providing an-end-of-evening indie disco moment.
The Thieveries rode the late 90s obsession with trip-hop and then the lounge wave well, emerging as their own discrete unit with a fervent fanbase. Groove here to their signature dubbed-up bossa nova. Rather lovely, and a great place to start.