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Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation

2009-01-07 17:06
Radio Retaliation
It's an unapologetically subversive set with the almost total absence of patentedly laid-back, 'global' grooves sidestepping those annoyingly airy espresso sipper's soundtracks for some pretty fiery political consciousness-raising regarding capitalism's moral bankruptcy, African genocide and other Fourth World atrocities.

Good news is that the Corporation has also shelved any temptation towards watering down the politico sales pitch for Western ears. Roots-ready mixes of Afrobeat heir Femi Kuti ("Vampires"), Brazilian songwriter Seu Jorge ("Hare Krishna") and Slovakian siren Jana Andevska ("Beautiful Drug") rub shoulders with Chuck Brown’s sci-fi fried blues-hop erotica ("The Numbers Game") and Anoushka Shankar's sublime live Indian sitar strategies ("Mandala"). The arty, eco-friendly recyclable cardboard fold-out liner notes boasting T-shirt ready quotes from the likes of Chomsky and John Lee Hooker is a nifty collectable touch too.

American downtempo production hipsters curate an instant iPod playlist of impeccably funky mixes of 'world music' stars that's the perfect soundtrack to talk politics to.

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