Khruangbin - 'Mordechai'

9/10

Since the release of their much-loved breakthrough record 'Con Todo El Mundo' in 2018, Houston-based outfit Khruangbin have been slowly working their way into the new music consciousness ever since. With many discovering their sound thanks to their collaborative EP with fellow Texan Leon Bridges at the start of the year, the psych-funk trio are riding a wave of buzz and expectation right now, which gives them the perfect opportunity to deliver their eagerly-awaited new LP 'Mordechai', a record that looks to bring back that classic funk sound through a modern lens.

With a broad and international base of influences, which includes East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub, 'Mordechai' is almost purposely designed to appeal to the widest audience possible, yet remain very niche in its sonic direction. This clash of intentions gives them a wonderfully eclectic sound that manages to create bold and captivating soundscapes, all through a familiar yet distinct guise. Never ones to make much noise in getting noticed, this new collection effortlessly swims its way from one light and upbeat composition to the next, creating a warm and inviting release throughout.

People still may not be 100% clear on the spelling or pronunciation of Khruangbin, but this music has such a universal attraction, it would be hard to find someone that isn't completely engrossed in it. From start to finish, 'Mordechai' plays as a wonderfully woozy and sweeping string of psych-funk delights, all written and performed in a way that will take you out of any humdrum experience in your life and transport you to a breezy wonderland where nothing matters aside from beats and rhythm.

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