Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Khruangbin

Khruangbin | Photo by Katie Tapman for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade live session is the band behind my favorite album of 2018 (so far, anyway). The road to Khruangbin’s formation is as swirling and easily-paced as the band’s music. Guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson originally met when they played in a gospel band in their hometown of Houston, Texas. Later, Speer met bassist Laura Lee while touring with another band and the idea came up to form a group focused on performing a mélange of globally influenced music. Once the trio was assembled, their fusion of Thai funk, jazz, film music and more immediately caught people’s attention. Earlier this year, Khruangbin released their second album, Con Todo El Mundo. The album is an expertly crafted blend of in-pocket grooves, textural vocals and the occasional funk breakdown. Before the first of two sold-out shows opening for Leon Bridges at the Fillmore, Khruangbin stopped by our studio for a career-spanning live performance.

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Watch Lushlife’s one-take reflection piece for “Totally Mutual Feeling” feat. Khruangbin

Lushlife at Johnny Brenda’s | Photo by Matthew Shaver |

Local rapper/producer Lushlife premiered the video for his collaboration with Khruangbin, “Totally Mutual Feeling,” directed by duo Lamar + Nik. A part of Lushlife’s Idols and Enemies project, we find him spitting his quick-hitting lines inside a mirror-infested room, following the camera through a minimalistic set of reflection. A trippy beat and heavenly vocals from Khruangbin keeps your ears on high alert, as this almost 2-and-a-half minute track flies by way too fast, landing as another solid tune from Philly’s expansive hip-hop scene. Continue reading →