After 2018's Con Todo El Mundo blew everyone's collective mind, Khruangbin have turned to legendary dub producer Scientist to freeze that album's tracks in time. Doing this has enabled the band to find the spaces in their music, and make them wide screen. Hasta El Cielo offers a different perspective on the band's psych sound.
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Limited Vinyl LP £21.49 ALNLP50DUBY
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Dear reader I am losing my mind. I threw this record on, and thought, hang on a minute, this feels familiar. And yes, I know Khruangbin aren’t trying to hide it that ‘Hasta El Cielo’ is a dub version of ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ but… they probably could’ve tried a bit harder. There is no denying that the production here is ‘dubby’ but it’s as if they used the least amount of dub to ensure that the records feels dubby.
I have half a mind to copy and paste the review we did for ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ and replace some of the words with “dub” but I figured that as it has been a year and a half it probably wouldn’t land the way I hoped. So instead you get this. Me sat at my desk feel exasperated and confused. I just can’t believe they got away with it.
So please if you will, imagine the Khruangbin you know and love, with a bit less funk, with slightly chunkier bass, and some reverb. That’s what you’ll get here. And while I’m impressed at the efficiency with which they manage to transition from ‘not dub’ to ‘dub’, I’m kind of struggling to see the point of it.
For those of you who haven’t listened to Khruangbin, they do a kind of sand blasted, wordly slow funk. Anchored as they are by their bassist, the dub connection kind of makes sense. But their music already did the things you want from dub; it’s heavy and slow and spacious.
It’s one thing to dislike an album, it’s something else to wonder why it exists in the first place.
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