Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man in Babylon

Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton and Rob Gaza lay down the mellow grooves with The Richest Man in Babylon. The latest tracks from this duo draws respectfully from a variety of influences, including jazz, world music, soul and electronica. The world music influences are especially strong. There’s afro-beat, Persian, and Indian influences throughout. By combining these influences with their psychedelic downtempo electronica, Thievery Corporation creates a unique style.

On The Richest Man in Babylon, Thievery Corporation works with a talented group of new and old collaborators. Sleepy wonder, Lou Lou, Shinehead, and Emiliani Torrini all contribute. On “Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes”, Torrini adds a dreamy vocal to a downtempo rhythm track.

“Facing East” has a very eastern vibe, with what sounds like santur tablas, and electronics that have a bit of a bhangra feel.

Throughout, the production is slick, even when it’s emulating lo-fi effects. The mix of world influences, along with an ambient electronic edge, further develops the unique style that Thievery Corporation showed on its earlier albums.

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