Khruangbin are a band inspired by non-Western music of many stripes, taking what they like from all sorts of cultures. Second album Con Todo El Mundo hones in on Iran and the Mediterranean in particular, whipping up some soulful funky storms as they do so. Con Todo El Mundo is released by Night Time Stories.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 25 January 2018
Pioneers of vibe, a lot of your enjoyment of Khruangbin will hinge on your own atmospheric contingencies: have you got the ambiance the way you, specific and dear reader, like it? Good. Following up on their beloved ‘The Universe Smiles at You’ release, the group continue their hodgepodge sound, which is akin to tangled fairy lights being delicately unfolded ‘til only the nice bright colours remain. On ‘Con Todo El Mundo’, they lean once again into the worlds of psychedelia and old-skool soul, while also citing Iran’s funk scene as a residing influence over the record.
It sounds snazzy and it flows with a seasoned reading of their core text: the funk on display feels homogenous, staying and slaying through the whole record of instrumental rock action. They trade their melodic and rhythmic movements as tightly as ever, suggesting that a different kind of psychedelic set up -- concise and narratively snappy songs that circle back on themselves -- need not interfere with making good, wondering jams. It's another fine experiment from a band attempting, perhaps questionably, to breathe in every type of music ever made.
9/10 Joe Customer review, 28th January 2018
Con Todo El Mundo (With All The World) is one of those albums where I'm very glad I took GCSE Spanish. It comes from the uber-cool Texan based band Khruangbin: from looking at a photograph of them lot you might assume that LA PRIEST had ran off to the states to form a band with the first people he found and kidnapped. No matter whether a theoretical crime was committed, they work so well at creating music smoother than I thought indie could ever go. If this were released at the tail of last year I'd say this'd easily be in my top five of the year - even top 3, perhaps, but even so, this is a great start to the 2018 season. It's all about the last tack, "Friday Morning," though - trust me! You'll be going "lalalalalala-la" with the song as well.
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