From stomping voodoo rock to jungle disco, ratbag rocksteady to cinematic exotica, The Escape is a tropical getaway masterminded by Rufino and the Coconuts, taking you far away to a beguiling destination full of goodtimes, island-holiday sleaze and jungle adventure. It's one of the most intriguing, humorous and downright enjoyable releases you'll find this year.
Led by Rufino, well known to audiences internationally through acclaimed ensemble Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, the Coconuts are a band of castaways, troubled geniuses and misfits formed in the fertile rhythm-rich jungles of the tropics.
The EP, the Coconuts' first longer playing release, is 5 tracks ranging through wild stories of the band's curious island life.
- Lead track Tonton Macoute is a dark driving tale of narrow escape from a paramilitary militia in 1970s Haiti;
- The ethereal sonics and pulsing rhythms of Conga set the scene under the stars of a magical riverside evening;
- The Cray is an uncanny tale of an obsessed crustacean fisherman and his aquatic quarry;
- Young Coconut picks up the goodtime pace again with a rocksteady celebration of eternal youth and tropical fruits;
- And the EP is brought to a fitting end by I'm Disgusting which, as the name suggests, takes the listener to a brooding, swaggering, deviant discoteque.
The Escape is about as much island fun and jungle terror as you can squeeze into a beach shack. The Coconuts conjure a special world of their own - at once beautiful, sinister and riotously entertaining.