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Thievery Corporation

The Outernational Sound (ESL)

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You can tell that the Thievery Corporation has a colorful musical palette by listening to its original compositions. But this new mix collection shows just how far the duo's tastes go.

The album features three previously released tracks by the group itself, as well as selections by such recognizable names as Thunderball and Karminsky; other contributors include Boozoo Bajou, Major Force, Breakestra, Block 16, and the Troublemakers. At first glance, the artists seem to possess a similar downtempo style. But what Thievery takes from each song is unique, focusing on strains of music that are more international. The Eastern strings of Indian Vibes' "Mathar (Discovery of India Mix)," the soft hip-hop of Major Force's "Re-Return of the Original Artform," Alan Moorhouse's ancient Oriental chimes on "Expo in Tokyo," and the reggae vibes on Thievery's own "The Richest Man in Babylon (G-Corp Remix)" all lend a global feel. Though the tracks are loosely mixed together, they blend extremely well.

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