Review: It may be his umpteenth studio album, but "Domesticated" feels like Sebastien Tellier's "comeback" set- a feeling enhanced by the genuine sparsity of material from the swooning Frenchman in recent years. He says his aim while recording the set was to create a "new lush, futuristic pop sound", and to a degree he has succeeded. Variously informed by warm ambient, vividly coloured future R&B, downtempo synth-pop, Balearica, '80s synth-pop and the deeper end of the electrofunk spectrum, the resultant songs are immersive, comforting and undeniably warming. While it's perhaps not cutting edge in the way he intended, it's wonderfully polished, slick and entertaining, with Tellier's distinctive drawl remaining the focal point throughout.
Heavens Gonna Burn Your Eyes (feat Natalia Clavier)
Love Has No Heart (feat Shana Halligan)
Ghetto Matrix (feat Mr Lif & Natalia Clavier)
Passing Stars (feat Elin Melgarejo)
Until The Morning (feat Natalia Clavier)
Depth Of My Soul (feat Shana Halligan)
Sweet Tides (feat Lou Lou Ghelichakhani)
Lebanese Blonde (feat Elin Melgarejo)
Weapons Of Distraction (feat Puma)
The Forgotten People (instrumental)
Marching The Hate Machines (feat Frank Orrall)
Review: Back in 2017, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza and Eric Hilton performed a now legendary concert in their home city of Washington D.C in which their band was backed by a fully-fledged orchestra. Three years on, they've decided to commit the orchestrated alterations to album. The results are largely superb, with the pair's slinky dub, lounge music and hip-hop influenced grooves and traditional guest vocals now coming accompanied by orchestral arrangements that veer from the subtle and sympathetic to the swooping, soaring and grandiose. Some of the versions of Thievery Corporation classics are particularly potent, with "Weapons Of Distraction" and "Lebanese Blonde" - one of their most celebrated early cuts - standing out.