Late Night Tales: Khruangbin - (2xLP Vinyl Compilation)

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Taking influence from 1960's Thai funk - their name literally translates to "Engine Fly" in Thai - Khruangbin is steeped in the bass heavy, psychedelic sound of their inspiration, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool.

The Texan trio, formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums, have spent 2016 playing non-stop; including a European tour with Father John Misty, supporting Maribou State at Koko, shows at Glastonbury, SXSW, Rough Trade NYC, Gottwood, Love International, The Great Escape, BST Hyde Park and opening the recent Massive Attack one-day festival in Bristol. The band are currently enjoying a 15 date tour of the US.

Ever since their first rehearsals, Khruangbin listened to a lot of different types of music on the long drives out to their spiritual home, a remote barn deep in the Texas countryside. Their favourites were 60s and 70s Thai cassettes gleaned from the cult Monrakplengthai blog and compilations of southeast Asian pop, rock and funk. This had a heavy impact on the direction of the band, the scales they used and the inflection of the melodies; which coupled with the spaciousness of the Texan countryside culminated in Khruangbin forming their exotic, individual sound...

Following Bonobo including Khruangbin's ‘A Calf Born In Winter’ on his 2013 Late Night Tales compilation, the trio signed to label offshoot Night Time Stories. ‘A Calf Born In Winter’ was released as a single in May 2014, four track EP ‘The Infamous Bill’ followed in October, with covers EP ‘History Of Flight’ on Record Store Day 2015. Their debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was released in November 2015 to widespread acclaim.


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Hot on the heels of 'Mordechai', the critically acclaimed third album from US psych-rockers Khruangbin, the Texas trio are set to become the latest act to present their own LateNightTales in the popular, long-running musician-curated album series. Having first come to prominence in 2013 when producerand D.J. Bonobo included Khruangbin's 'A Calf Born in Winter' in his own collection of songs for the series, the little known Houston trio had yet to release an album, but have since gone on to become international superstarsforming their own exotic, individual sound. "The LateNightTales series is such a special thing to be a part of because we wouldn't have made it if it wasn't for Bonobo's LateNightTales, because that's how we got into the LNT family - and got a break." With a mind-blowing selection of tracks that cross borders and cultures, Khruangbin's deep love of global grooves - from Asian pop to Nigerian reggae - Japanese mellow groove to Latina flavas - are steeped in eclecticism; Nazia Hassan's Hindi-disco 'Khushi', produced by British-Indian legend Biddu, South Korean rock band Sanullim who contribute 'Don't Go', a pair of African bangers from Nigerian Maxwell Udoh and Roha Band, from Ethiopia; a diversion to Belarus for ??????? and thence to Madrid for the strident vocal performance of Paloma San Basilio with 'Contigo' before hightailing back to Texas. Elsewhere, the Lone Star state reps proudly, with David Marez and Kelly Doyle plus, in the LateNightTales tradition, the band deliver an exclusive, horizontally brilliant version of Kool & The Gang's 'Summer Madness', while the mix concludes with a spoken word piece by Tierney Malone, accompanied by fellow Houstonian Geoffrey Muller's atmospheric banjo rendering of Erik Satie's 'Gnossienne'. "It's cool to think about what you would listen to late at night, as a band together, lighting a spliff, kinda vibe. We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible; so it was the globe and then home. We wanted to show the treasures from our hometown, or people from our hometown that the rest of the world probably doesn't know. That's what makes Khruangbin Khruangbin. The stubbornness about being so hometown-centric but what makes Houston is this this constant international influence. That's that gulf stream, bringing it right into Houston. So I guess that's kind of the theme.

By: NW-aye?

A1 Carlos Santana and Alice Coltrane– Illumination
Written-By – Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
A2 Brilliantes Del Vuelo– I Know That (When The Springtime Comes)
Written-By, Producer – Vuelo
A3 Nazia Hassan– Khushi
Written-By – Amit Khanna, Biddu
A4 Kelly Doyle– DRM
Written-By, Producer – Kelly Doyle
B1 Sanulrim*– Don’t Go
Written-By – Kim Chang-Wan*
B2 Maxwell Udoh– I Like It (Don't Stop) 6:35
B3 David Marez– Enséñame
Written-By – Roberto Manrique
B4 Gerald Lee– Can You Feel The Love (Reprise)
Written-By – Gerald Lee
C1 Justine And The Victorian Punks– Still You
Arranged By – Peter Gordon (8)
Producer – Jay Burnett, Peter Gordon (8)
Vocals – Justine (32)
C2 George Yanagi + Nadja Band*– 「祭ばやしが聞こえる」のテーマ
Written-By – Tokai Ryo*
C3 Песняры– Зачарованная моя
Lyrics By – I.Luchenok*
Music By – G.Buravkin*
D1 Khruangbin– Summer Madness
Mixed By – Steve Christensen
Performer – Khruangbin
Written-By – Alton Taylor, Claydes Smith, Dennis D.T. Thomas, George Brown, Richard Westfield, Robert Kool Bell, Robert Spike Mickens, Ronald Bell
D2 Paloma San Basilio– Contigo
Written-By – Silvetti*, Castillo*
D3 Roha Band– Yetikimit Abeba
Written-By – Neway Debebe
D4 Tiernet Malone / Geoffrey Muller– Transmission For Jehn: Gnossienne No 1
Lyrics By, Performer – Tierney Malone
Music By – Erik Satie
Performer, Arranged By – Geoffrey Muller
Producer – Khruangbin

"P.L.A." – Robert Wyatt
"Let's Get Lost" – Elliott Smith
"Cousin Jane" – The Troggs (from "Trogglodynamite")
"Musica" – Air/Alessandro Baricco
"Pavane pour une infante défunte" – composed by Maurice Ravel, performed by The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra (English: Pavane for a dead princess)

Was originally intended as the 14th release in the "LateNightTales" series (scheduled for 3 October 2005) but was delayed. The release was put back several more times, with intended release dates of 24 April 2006, end of June 2006 and 17 July 2006. Initially announced tracklisting and artwork were completely different to those on the final release.

℗ & © 2006 Late Night Tales

A first vinyl issue in 2018
'Half speed' mastered for optimum audiophile reproduction
Pressed on virgin 180-gram heavyweight vinyl

Includes bonus exclusive download code to Air's classic 'LateNightTales' 2006 mix as well as unmixed track versions in FLAC, WAV & MP3 formats.