TUNES // Khruangbin – Maria También

Post by Misha

I’ve been pretty sick the last week, sleeping like 18 hours out of the day, watching old episodes of It’s Always Sunny for the other 6, and brewing huge mugs of tea out of fresh ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, honey, lemon, and coconut oil. My entire apartment smells of yellow heat. Drinking it feels like forcing a thick healing steam through every pore in my skin. Highly recommended for every cold this season. (Recipe below, in case anyone is interested.)


This new Khruangbin single is sort of like that tea. Heat. Vibrance. Clarity. Cross-cultural influences. A little bit of psychedelic hippie shit for good measure.

Maria También is Khruangbin’s first single since their breathtaking debut full length, The Universe Smiles Upon You. While that album was heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Thai funk, their forthcoming sophomore album Con Todo El Mundo takes inspiration “not just from South East Asia but similarly underdiscovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran” (from the artist’s Bandcamp page). The album will be released January 26, 2018. Preorder here. Until then, keep an eye out for new singles running up to the release.

Tea recipe

1/2in – 1in piece of fresh ginger, grated. (grated through littlest holes in the grater)
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t cinnamon
pinch of black pepper or cayenne
honey to taste
tsp coconut oil (optional)
large lemon wedge (optional)

put the ginger and all the spices in a tea strainer and steep for 10 minutes then add honey, lemon, and coconut oil (I read somewhere that fat will help the good things in the turmeric absorb, which who knows if that’s true but also it’s nice because it makes it kind of creamy. you can also use butter or milk but I’d avoid lemon in that case…)


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