John Humphrey Coconut

New Music Critique: John Humphrey Coconut

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John Humphrey Coconut and his funk bunch have fashioned a congestive, almost abrasive brand of funk that threatens to devolve into chaos at times but always manages to keep it together. “Hot Purple” is a good example of the band’s strengths. Stabbing saxophone and plenty of vintage vibes (such as wah-pedal guitar workouts) play prominent roles in this song’s arrangement, which craftily returns to its hook again and again. Another catchy track is “Midnight Funky Sex” whose repetition stuck to us like gum to a shoe. At the end of the day, despite nice work by all soloists, it is the outfit’s drummer who deserves special recognition. His unflagging foundation makes this whole thing work.

Contact: jhc@giantpulserecords.com
Web: jhcoconut.com
Seeking: Promotion
Style: Funk Rock