Today, Houston, Texas’ multilingual collagists Khruangbin have released their very own remix album, Mordechai Remixes on Dead Oceans, in association with Night Time Stories, Ltd.
Carefully curated by the trio comprised of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson, each remixer on Mordechai Remixes has a musical or cosmic connection to Khruangbin. Whether it be personal friendships or simply mutual musical appreciation, the selected artists’ reimagining of the band’s 2020 Mordechai album is pure kismet. Kadhja Bonet, who lends her creamy soprano flutters to “Father, Mother Bird” was a fan, along with house legend Ron Trent. Harvey Sutherland and Ginger Roots have both toured with the band, Anderson .Paak and NxWorries. collaborator Knxwledge sampled “White Gloves” on a mixtape, Natasha Diggs and Soul Clap are recent friends of the band, Quantic is a mutual friend of Bonobo who is crucial in the band’s origin story, Lee is godmother to one of Felix Dickinson’s kids and Bill Brewster, one half of the DJ duo Mang Dynasty, has known Lee for years. Plus, Brewster wrote the album’s inner sleeve gatefold notes.
Entering the tight-knit world of a Khruangbin song can be daunting task, though it has been done – previously in 2016, with the highly collectible EP on Boogiefuturo, the off shoot label of Bristol-based Futureboogie Recordings, with a special collaborative 12″ disc featuring remixes/re-edits from a veritable line up of cutting edge producers including DJ Milo, Maribou State and more. Khruangbin has created an entire universe in which they seem to function telepathically in the way the genre-bending music is composed, arranged and played to the audience. To mess with their delicate ecosystem can invoke feelings similar to that of an unwanted guest crashing a good-time party. But Khruangbin reassures, “We write our music to be interpreted; this is another wonderful interpretation of the music. There is something very vulnerable about letting others work on your music,” they continue. But through the correspondence with the different artists, we gained a bigger connection to the songs themselves.”
A recurring visual theme, and further tethering of the remixers to the band, Laura Lee has also hand drawn inner gatefold illustrations of each remixer. Also, over the past couple months Khruangbin has been in the process of releasing a very limited number of 12” records in select record stores. There has been zero promotion or announcement of these 12’s inches until now, and it’s one for the heads, honoring the electronic music sphere’s word of mouth tradition of releasing music.
There is lots to come from Khruangbin this summer and fall, too, including festival performances at Newport Jazz, two headlining shows at Red Rocks, three sold-out nights at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and Atlanta’s The Eastern, III Points Festival, Outside Lands and more.
The band recently announced a two-night run at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in March 2022, too, marking yet another milestone in a journey which will see them touring the majority of the next year, playing major festivals and showcasing their incredible, immersive live show that puts emphasis on the band members themselves. To watch Khurangbin perform live, after all, is to see them.
Mordechai Remixes Tracklist:
- Father Bird, Mother Bird (Sunbirds) – Kadhja Bonet
- Connaissais de Face (Tiger?) – Ginger Root
- Dearest Alfred (MyJoy) – Knxwledge
- First Class (Soul In The Horn Remix) – Natasha Diggs
- If There Is No Question (Soul Clap’s Wild, But Not Crazy Mix) – Soul Clap
- Pelota (Cut A Rug Mix) – Quantic
- Time (You And I) (Put A Smile On DJ’s Face Mix) – Felix Dickinson
- Shida (Bella’s Suite) – Ron Trent
- So We Won’t Forget (Mang Dynasty Version) – Mang Dynasty
- One To Remember (Forget Me Nots Dub) – Harvey Sutherland
Khruangbin 2021 – 2022 Tour Dates
Friday, July 30 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, Rhode Island
Sat, Jul 31, – Maha Festival – Aksarben Village, Omaha, NE
Sun, Aug 8 – Hinterland – St. Charles, IA
Sun, Aug 29 – Railbird Festival – Lexington, KY
Wed, Sept 15 – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Waller Creek Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
Thurs, Sept 16 – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Waller Creek Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
Fri, Sept 17 – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Waller Creek Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
Sat, Sept 18 – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q – Waller Creek Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
Mon, Sept 20 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Tues, Sept 21 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Sun, Sept 26 – Pilgrimage Festival – Franklin, TN
Sat, Oct 23 – Band Together Benefit – Raleigh, NC
Fri, Oct 29 – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA
Sun, Oct 31 – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
Wed, Nov 3 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Thurs, Nov 4 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Fri, Nov 5 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Thurs, Dec 2 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
Fri, Dec 3 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
Sat, Dec 4 – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
Wed, Mar 9, 2022 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
Thurs, Mar 10, 2022 – Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY