The Texan trio, Khruangbin, comprised of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums, return following their luscious 2016 debut, The Universe Smiles Upon You. With a sound that is again rooted in soul, gospel, psychedelia and dub, Con Todo El Mundo takes what the debut album presented and spans it across new landscapes – it’s the sound of crate-diggers and music obsessives at their finest. Whereas the debut turned to Thai cassettes for much of its influence, the sophomore effort looks closer at the Mediterranean and Middle East, in particular Iran, for its inspiration.
An instrumental three-piece that play Thai funk-inspired surf-rock – what’s not to like? We are certainly not the only ones who love their sound either as an overflowing crowd at this year’s Great Escape Festival proved, all trying to hear a glimpse of this mystical sound. Releasing one of the quiet gems of 2015 with their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, it’s safe to say we are obsessed. The band grace Komedia later this month for what is sure to be another spellbinding show – we put some questions to them to find out more about Khruangbin.