Khruangbin’s Musical Fusion Aims to Unite

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KEXP talks to drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson and bassist Laura Lee of psychedelic funk band Khruangbin.

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Khruangbin’s unique brand of psychedelic funk draws influences from their hometown of Houston, Texas, as well as from around the globe, starting with their appreciation of Thai funk tapes from the 60s. This has helped the band gain popularity with audiences across cultures who can all find elements in their music to relate to. 

Drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson and bassist Laura Lee discuss how they developed such diverse influences, singing in 16 different languages, and their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. “We see music as a vehicle to highlight those similarities between people so people can stand together, listen to the same music together and experience it,” Laura Lee says.

Their third album, Mordechai, is out now on Dead Oceans.

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