Rob Garza was already recording under the name Thievery Corporation when he met Eric Hilton in 1995. Hilton had a profound effect on the acts output, channelling Garzas predilection for fast breakbeats into a more understated, down-tempo sound and bringing acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic. Combining dub, lounge, jazz, hip-hop and Latin ingredients, their initial 12-inches on their own 18th Street Lounge label suggested a European approach akin to Kruder And Dorfmeister, Nightmares On Wax, or even Air. In fact, they managed their label (and the club of the same name) from Washington, DC, recording within a stones throw of the White House.
The duos debut, Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi, was an underground success across Europe and the USA in 1996, boosted further by an expanded 4AD Records release two years later. Quietly compelling, Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi was a seamless blend of influences that exuded...