LateNightTales (2020) UK
Hot on the heels of Mordechai, the critically acclaimed third album from US psych-rockers Khruangbin, the Texas trio are set to become the latest act to present their own LateNightTales in the popular, long-running musician-curated album series. With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin's deep love of global grooves – from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae – Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas – are steeped in eclecticism.
Nazia Hassan's Hindi-disco "Khushi," produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute "Don't Go," a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus for Песняры and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with "Contigo" before hightailing back to Texas.
Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle plus, in the LateNightTales tradition, the band deliver an exclusive, horizontally brilliant version of Kool & The Gang's "Summer Madness," while the mix concludes with a spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller's atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie's "Gnossienne."