"Music defies time,” says artist/producer Eric Hilton. “It can linger in the present moment, move forwards or backwards. Music can be part of all these realities.” And on his new EP “Present Past & Future”, the Thievery Corporation co-founder takes the listener from inner city sidewalks of the 1970’s to the edges of the Universe….and back.
Sonically, “Present Past and Future” shifts between jazz-tinged drum-n-bass and laid-back urban funk, with a dusty ambience throughout that will tick the “trip-hop” genre box for many. But Hilton’s crate-digging vinyl connoisseur aesthetic brought disparate influences into the creation of this new record, with nods to trumpeter Donald Byrd, jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, and legendary American record production team the Mizell Brothers.