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Houston Trio Khruangbin Featured In NPR’s “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing”

NPR Music’s panel of public-radio experts can’t turn off new songs by Houston trio Khruangbin and more.

Houston trio Khruangbin takes inspiration from '60s Thai funk. KCRW DJ Anne Litt is in love with the band's song "White Gloves.
Houston trio Khruangbin takes inspiration from ’60s Thai funk. KCRW DJ Anne Litt is in love with the band’s song “White Gloves.

Periodically, NPR invites music experts from affiliate stations to say a few words about what they are currently listening to. The most recent edition of the resulting list, called “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing,” includes Houston’s own Thai-funk band, Khruangbin. Band members Laura Lee, Donald Johnson, and Mark Speer often work on their music together in a barn near Brenham. Learn more about Khruangbin in Anne Litt’s review below, and check out their track, “White Gloves.”

There’s softness in the trippy funk of Khruangbin’s “White Gloves” that has wrapped around me, and I have no intention of letting it go. Delicate psychedelics spin into velvety rock that’s rooted in ’60s Thai funk and surf music. It might not be what you’d expect from a primarily instrumental Houston trio, two of whose members started out playing gospel music together, but it works. Even the name Khruangbin, which means “engine fly” in Thai, adds another color to the band’s story and sound. After discovering the group through its contribution to Bonobo’s Late Night Tales compilation, I have Khruangbin’s debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, in my personal heavy rotation.

—Anne Litt, KCRW

Check out the rest of the list on NPR’s website.

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