If, like many, you haven’t followed the work of Thievery Corporation all that closely since the heady days of 2000’s Lebanese Blonde, there isn’t much of a story to tell.
Almost two decades and several albums of variable quality later, the duo are still providing their laidback take on electronic and world music, the main difference between then and now being a greater reggae influence which shows in tracks like San San Rock and Waiting Too Long with Notch (sadly not of Minecraft fame).
Treasures From The Temple is a companion release to their last full-length, The Temple Of I & I, and two tracks from the latter featuring Racquel Jones are given subtle but more interesting remixes for the former.
The album is very cleanly produced, though at times it has an unfortunate tendency to become ignorable rather than interesting, Guidance and La Force De Melodie with LouLou Ghelichkhani being the chief offenders. However, the beat switch-up in the middle of Music To Make You Stagger – which turns it from a chilled dubby number to something approaching drum and bass – is very enjoyable, as are the chilly textures of Water Under The Bridge with frequent collaborator Natalia Clavier.
As a release it is definitely more for background listening, for there is nothing particularly radical here. But there is something to be said for Thievery Corporation sticking so determinedly to their niche long after the subgenre “chillout” has been consigned to history.