Thievery Corporation

Using its dubby, bass-heavy template as a backdrop, Thievery Corporation's fourth album, The Cosmic Game, introduces toasting in its gentlest incarnation through guests such as Sleepy Wonder ("Warning Shots"), Notch ("Amerimacka"), and others. These vocalists are set off by Thievery's signature blueprint of Caribbean inspired beats and bass, which sit easily beneath high-profile contributions from the Flaming Lips ("Marching the Hate Machines [Into the Sun]"), Perry Farrell ("Revolution Solution"), and David Byrne ("The Heart's a Lonely Hunter"). Whether the sounds are from Jamaica, the Middle East, or South America, it is Thievery's distinctive reggae vibe that holds The Cosmic Game together.

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