Radio Juxtapoz ep 074: Khruangbin is the Future Sound of Soul
When Houston, Texas-based band Khruangbin came onto the music scene over the last decade, the breath of fresh air that came along with the trio was felt on the international stage. Their instrumental music was a combination of funk, soul, psychedelia and a bit of dub created an entire universe of visual aesthetic, and Laura lee, Mark Speer and DJ Johnson Jr were the faces of a whole new era of world music sound. Their albums, The Universe Smiles upon You, Con Todo el Mundo and Mordechai and Texas Sun with Leon Bridges have been on a constant stream in the Radio Juxtapoz universe, and with a release of Mordechai remixes this past week, we had a chance to chat with the band.
Khruangbin comes with a visual sound, a throwback and future leaning type of identity that is rare in today's streaming culture. When Radio Juxtapoz's Doug Gillen sat down with the band for episode 074 of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, he found a band that has expanded its palette and understanding of their own music but of the growing potential of where their sound can go. And of course, the visual culture that is associated with the band and how their identity is tied to the classic combination of music's relationship to art.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 074 was recorded via Skype in Margate, England and Houston Texas in late July, 2021. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz