IT’S 4:20 SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD! Which makes right now a great time to take a listen to Coconut’s brand new self-titled EP released July 4th, 2014. With distinct influences from dub and reggae artists such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Sublime; Coconut brings some ‘dirty’ reggae jams to make a bright sunny day just a little bit brighter…
This EP is defined by fat, groovy bass lines, a soulful voice, and a very ‘herbal’ influence. The guys definitely try to give traditional reggae a 2010s update, and succeed.
The first track entitled “Little Bit” does a great job of defining the sound the duo is going for, and gives the listener a pretty good insight into what the rest of the EP has in store.
The first few songs lead the listener to believe this is a straight-forward reggae sound; however the track “Make It Quick” ft. The Nicest has some great hip-hop rhymes laid down. This is a great break in the EP and helps in not making all the tracks simply melt together sonically.
Keeping in mind this is an EP and not a full-length album…Coming in at just over 11 minutes, this EP leaves us wanting more! My only problem with this record would be that some of the tracks are very similar sounding and leads to a sort of repetitive feeling, although they are not identical songs.
All-in-all, I am very pleased with this record, great production value, and a great original sound. They recently played their first live show in over 5 years; hopefully we don’t have to wait 5 more.
Written by Christopher Siklosi