EP Review: 'Grim Up North' by Smokin’ Coconuts
Ring masters of the weird and wonderful, Smokin’ Coconuts roll up with their brand-new EP ‘Grim Up North!
Unlike the EP’s ominous title, this compilation showcases a plethora of rhythmic beats, and quirky vibes that transport you back into summer.
The band bring their own unique showcase of Afro Caribbean musicality which will undoubtedly mesmerise and entrance their new and long-time fans.
You’ll have to buddy up for this one. It’ll get you moving and grooving that’s for sure.
Title track from the EP ‘Grim Up North’ is a blend of tropical wackiness that is anything but grim. Momentum is lost in the break down section with a quiet lull that perhaps lasts a tad too long for my liking, followed by what may, or may not be a trapped wasp that has been hypnotised by a smoking coconut to play a saxophone.
Thankfully, we’re soon back in the groove. And not a moment too soon.
If you’re like me and never shy of joining a conga, ‘Don’t you love me?’ provides you with the perfect opportunity to get one going!
The guys’ second offering has me feeling the love. Get ready to embrace a naughty burst of cascading summertime riffs.
’Don’t You Love Me’ is bubbling away with a brew of tropical, feel good vibes with jaunty bass and keys that shimmy along until they reach an organised chaos of a crescendo.
We’re loaded onto a train that’s heading for shindig central for the last stop on the the new EP, and we’ve got an ‘All Day Ticket‘…
Indulge in a romp of psychedelic shenanigans in this colourful kaleidoscope of sound.
Smokin’ Coconuts prove once again that they truly are the life and free-spirited soul of the party. With the bass thankfully more prominent this time around than on previous tracks, and a sassy-sounding trumpet serenading proceeding.
‘All Day Ticket’ whisks us away on another trip for a wild weekend or care-free get together.
“I’ve got an all-day ticket, and I’m gunner use it”.
And use it they do… it’s one hell of a ride!
Anyone who has been lucky enough to stumble across this band at a gig or festival (and danced like no-ones watching…tick!) knows exactly what to expect.
Their new EP, ‘Grim Up North’ is everything you’d expect from a Smokin’ Coconuts offering; a delightful confetti cannon of uplifting sounds inspired by a variety of African, Punk and World music with a few bizarre twists and turns along the way, enrapturing our senses with a carnival atmosphere that these guys do so well.
P.S. No wasps were harmed in the writing of this review.