Posts Tagged ‘groove


Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear: Free Stream

Thievery Corporation has been around for a while and they have a strong underground following; their beats are infectious and clever; it was not until recently that I actually learned about them and felt it was worth sharing with HiFi readers.  

Theivery Corporations music historically has been a culmination of electronica and root beats that offer a variety of auditory twists and turns that provides a very pleasing listening experience; rarely have vocals been introduced that have overshadowed the beats, but this new album offers something different with vocals being much more in the mix.  This new album named Culture of Fear offers an excellent assortment of crisp, clean, and sharp rhythms that break away from the mundane dated instrumental albums of the past;  it has the feel of an album that has a timeless sound that can be well kept in a collection for years to come. If you are familiar with the Beastie Boys instrumental album “The Insound from Way Out” this is an excellent addition and complimentary type album, again, this album provides a excellent addition to an existing collection of  instrumental beat albums.

The founders of Thievery Corporation were interviewed on NPR this past weekend.  Both founding artists  were surprisingly very down to Earth about their success; they were not arrogant, nor self-depricating on how their music has evolved and how they’ve gained success as a lesser known musical act.  The interview mainly focused around what past musicians have influenced them and who they decided to collaborate with on this recent album; especially since it strays from the norm of prior releases.  I’ve been on a bend lately with instrumental beat albums such as those offered by Thievery Corporation, Hooverphonic, Portishead and another group who uses Middle Eastern & South Asian cultural rhythms with modern beats called Balkan Beat Box.   Instrumental beat albums offer a fun exploration and variety of creative groove rhythms, beats, effects, and sounds while keeping a constant tempo.  These albums offer excellent background music at a party, when cooking, or just relaxing around the house.  

Unfortunately the free stream was for a limited time and is no longer available as of 9/8/11


Robert Walters 20th Congress – B3 Groove Reborn

Riding the wave of my newly found favorite website ( I have been having a field day exploring the vast quantity of good music from both musicians I have been very acquainted with and those that I’ve never heard before.  There are some artists that I have heard about  but honestly had never been presented the opportunity to learn more about; luckily offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the artists and their music.

One such band that I feel compelled to enlighten the masses about is Robert Walters 20th Congress, simply the the best Hammond B3 groove I’ve had the pleasure to listen to compared to the likes of Joey DeFrancesco, Galactic, and the late great B3 groove masters Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff.

Robert Walters sound is a culmination of both Jimmy Smith and late Cannonball Adderly; soulful groove with a twist of Herbie Mann (on the song Fathom Five).  You can catch an incredible live show on for free streaming audio or better yet, free download for your personal music stash.

There are two shows avialable on and I highly recommend the Funkyard Festival (Long Beach, CA) recorded in 2001.  Highlights on this set are Fathom Five, Almendra, and Orange Peel, honestly they’re all really good and I’m sure you will find your favorites. The show is a non-stop groove fest, check it out and tell us what you think!

Robert Walter might be a name familiar with some who have listened to The Greyboy Allstars.

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