Khruangbin continue to expose us to various music cultures through their latest album.Dead Oceans, 2018
6.8 / 10
Con Todo El Mundo marks the second album from the trio Khruangbin. The project brings together three talents of different backgrounds: Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums. Together, they try to capture the essence of world music, taking influences from all over. It’s all to give you a sense of the culture that exists elsewhere. Some will twist this to their own political agendas, but really, it’s about the music, man.
For Con Todo El Mundo, the band’s music takes inspiration from South East Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, particularly Iran. You get a little bit of funk, R&B, and even some disco flourishes. The overall aesthetic is decidedly chill and even a bit romantic. Could you call Con Todo El Mundo some babymaking music? Most certainly. But I would also throw this on when hosting a group of friends. Someone might ask, “What is this playing?” And I would just reply, “Good music, man. Just good music.”