For some bands, taking what they’ve done in the past and placing a new spin on it can be difficult. For Texas funk trio Khruangbin, it’s par for the course. On their new reworked dub album Hasta El Cielo (Con Todo El Mundo in Dub), the band takes the critically lauded album and reinvents it with an even funkier and groovier sound.
What truly differs here is flow, the way the album flows is very different from the original version. The dub qualities speed some songs up without deterring from the funkier side of things. “Mary Always” really takes the space induced vibes of the original and takes them to a new stratosphere while “How I Love” has this meandering tone where the chill is the biggest factor. “A La Sala” gets groovier, there’s a funkier taste on the track and it makes how your body moves to it be a completely different experience, and “Order of Operations” feels like a trip down into the dark depths of the ocean where it seems like you’ll never drown while staying at peace.
The two bonus track by Scientist add a lustre to the whole dub experience. “Rules” creates this outer lands world, where the sky is filled with shooting stars and you’re outside of a major metroplex away from the city lights. “Como Te Quiero” is slower, more focused and full of beaming breaths that just underneath the tones within. The whole release is a trip where your ears are fooled and the band expands on the space induced ride you originally were taken on.
Hasta El Cielo is available on multiple formats and in various bundles directly from Dead Oceans, it can be streamed on all streaming services or purchased in all online music stores. Khruangbin is on tour beginning July 21 in Chicago, IL for Pitchfork Music Festival until November 15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Popload Festival. Their complete tour schedule can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo by Andrew Cotterill.