Release Date: Jul 12, 2019
Record label: Dead Oceans
Genre(s): R&B, Reggae, Dub, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Instrumental Rock, R&B Instrumental, Deep Funk Revival
Khruangbin are a conundrum. The Houston band with a Thai name has skillfully showcased a crate digger's approach to global sounds, setting heads nodding by homing in on southeast Asian funk (2015 debut The Universe Smiles Upon You) before widening out into styles from Iran and the French Antilles (last year's Con Todo El Mundo). At the same time, despite Khruangbin's globe-trotting narrative, their more obvious sonic touchstones are among American music's most heavily sampled, whether the Isley Brothers' "Footsteps in the Dark" or the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache.