Review: reasures From The Temple was designed as a companion piece to Thievery Corporation's 2017 album The Temple of I & I, a set famously recorded at Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica. It contains a mixture of previously unheard material originally slated for inclusion on its predecessor and all new remixes of album tracks. As you'd expect, the mood is dub-wise, soulful and humid throughout, with skanking dub cuts and soulful reggae jams nestling side by side with more up-tempo dancefloor workouts (see the dubby deep house beauty of "Guidance" and the breakbeat-driven bustle of "Music To Make You Stagger"). Most of the finest reworks come from TC, whose revisions mostly join the dots between digital dub and "Sleng Teng" style ragged riddims.
Review: The alter-ego of Brooklyn DJ Alex Gimeno, Ursula 1000 is back with the intergalactic booty-spank of "Rocket". With heavy and dirty vocoder vocals and a phalanx of exotic sounds, this really thumps hard. Telephunken smooth things out with a new drum track of highly funky loops and some added brass breaks. Smalltown Romeo bust out the tech-house synths as well as some brilliantly rumbling bass on their mix, while Mike Dextro brings it round full circle into a radical dubsteppin' overhaul.
Review: Ursula 1000 have always been a bit of a musical oddity, capable of delivering everything from tongue-in-cheek lounge grooves and downtempo beats to booty-shaking funk breaks. This latest excursion for Thievery Corporation's ESLM label is another curiosity - a kind of cheeky electro-lounge jam with a strange spoken word vocal from French chanteuse Isabelle Antena. Despite being hard to pin down it's excellent, and comes with a trio of floor-friendly remixes. Of these, it's The Pinker Tones' kitsch Hammond funk/lounge music rework that stands out, though Linntronix's mid-90s pop-house take is also great fun.