ALBUM REVIEW: Kokoroko – Could We Be More | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Brownswood Recordings

Released: 05.08.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expansive and ambitiously omnivorous, Kokoroko’s long-awaited debut is brilliantly consistent in its jazz-kissed reimagining of Afrobeat, which nimbly weaves a diasporic melange of influences into lush grooves and uplifting chorales. Melodically sinuous yet intrinsically rooted in classic-hued textures, Could We Be More pivots on the London-based eight-piece’s deft maximation of their dynamic capacity for bucking tradition with an infectious youthful verve.

Adroitly harnessing the collective’s zesty flair for fine-pearled effervescence into a seamless mosaic, this record oozes rich-toned musicality – Ewà Inú and We Give Thanks both revel in ebullient Yoruba flavours, whilst War Dance is by turns roof-raisingly febrile and simmeringly soulful; elsewhere, Something’s Going On’s ostensibly ominous moniker belies the propulsive potency of its swoonsome polyrhythms. Get familiar!

 

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