Con Todo El Mundo sees Khruangbin lifting inspiration from under-discovered funk and soul sounds of the Middle-East, particularly from Iran. Con Todo El Mundo is the sort of dazzling fuzz guitar and heavy drums mixtape that you wish someone would compile for you. For us, it is undoubtedly 2018s most heady soundtrack of classic soul, dub and psychedelia.
What made Con Todo El Mundo one of the years album highlights for us was the way that Khruangbin took the sounds of soul, dub and psychedelia, and transformed them into something that not only sounds incredibly fresh and exciting but also opened the door to many unfamiliar with the sounds being transmitted from this corner of the record shop. For those uninitiated, Khruangbin is made up of the self-titled globetrotting Texan trio Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums. The group's brand of global funk reaches into every corner of reverb-heavy psych and gives the much trawled through sound a modern, rather refreshing spin.
While it is undoubtedly an album at heart, those who haven't touched base with the group could do best to imagine it as the sort of dazzling fuzz guitar and heavy drums mixtape that you wish someone would compile for you, as an entry point to this style and sound, somewhere between Selda to Shoom revival playlists and beyond. Con Todo El Mundo is one of those gateway records, an eye and ear opener for those unfamiliar with this sound, a great representation of the moment when you hear something and think "wow, this is great, this is my new genre".
With Con Todo El Mundo is the perfect gateway in toward the wonderful sound world of this unique group.