Today, cultural collagists and Houston trio Khruangbin and Brooklyn based DJ/composer Quantic release an Amazon Original cover of Booker T. & The M.G.s’ “Green Onions,” the iconic instrumental R&B hit from 1962. Available only on Amazon Music, Khruangbin and Quantic’s take on the track is serene and celebrates the song’s 60th anniversary. Flowing, crisp guitar rhythms are paired with natural sounding drum patterns to create an airy and ethereal masterpiece fit for summertime grooving. “Green Onions” by Khruangbin ft. Quantic is now available to stream on Amazon Music.
Listen here: https://khruangbin.deadoc.co/green-onions
“Green Onions” reached #33 on the pop chart the month of its release and was ground-breakingly influential to many acts of the era. It’s been featured in a number of movies and television shows like Twin Peaks, The Sandlot, Happy Gilmore, the Sopranos, American Graffiti and more and Khruangbin and Quantic’s smooth rendition breathes new life into the track with fresh production, lush soundscapes and even funkier basslines.
“A very nice rendition of the song,” Booker T. & the M.G.’s guitarist Steve Cropper says. “I really like the modern touch with the rhythm.”
Khruangbin is currently amidst their largest tour to date, The Space Walk Tour, which has seen the band play two sold out nights at Red Rocks, two sold out debut performances at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, an iconic Glastonbury performance with fellow Texan Leon Bridges, a sold out show at London’s Alexandra Palace and more. Pitchfork says their massive tour is “one of the most anticipated of the summer” and the band will join The Roots, Haim, The Flaming Lips and more for “The Big Climate Thing” festival at New York City’s Forest Hills Stadium in September.
Recently, Khruangbin joined Leon Bridges for their second collaborative EP together, the sultry, chart-topping Texas Moon, which garnered widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, Uproxx (“celestial, otherworldly and incredibly psychedelic…”), Vulture, FADER (“could easily sit next to Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ Barry White’s ‘Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby,’ and Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing”and more…”) and more. Upon release, the music debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums Charts, landed in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top 200, as well as the Top 5 on Billboard’s Album Sales, Vinyl, Alternative Albums and Rock Albums charts. NPR Music included lead single “B-Side” in their “36 Favorite Songs of 2022” round-up and calls the track a “groove straight out of acid Western.” Texas Moon is out now on Dead Oceans, in partnership with Columbia Records and Night Time Stories Ltd.
Fans can hear Khruangbin cover of “Green Onions” on the The High End playlist or by simply asking “Alexa, play the Amazon Original from Khruangbin” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals, featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.
Stay tuned for more music from Khruangbin this year.
Khruangbin is a three-piece band from Houston, Texas, formed in 2009 with Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar and Donald Johnson on drums. 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. By the summer of 2019, the trio had been on tour for nearly three-and-a-half years, playing to audiences across North and South America, Europe, and southeast Asia behind its acclaimed albums The Universe Smiles Upon You, Con Todo El Mundo, and Mordechai. Garnering glowing praise from The New York Times, W Magazine, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, The FADER, in 2021 Khruangbin released their very first remix album, Mordechai Remixes, on Dead Oceans, in association with Night Time Stories, Ltd. Each remixer on Mordechai Remixes has a musical or cosmic connection to Khruangbin including Kadhja Bonet, Ginger Root, Knxwledge, Natasha Diggs, Soul Clap, Quantic, Felix Dickinson, Ron Trent, Mang Dynasty, Harvey Sutherland. Khruangbin worked with Grammy-winning R&B singer/songwriter Leon Bridges, from Ft. Worth, for two groundbreaking collaborative EPs, Texas Sun & Texas Moon. Further extending the lone star state’s sonic possibilities, the sister EPs pensively examines Texas’ musical perception, while paying homage to the marriage of country and R&B that’s become synonymous with the region.