Cocofunka Chúcaro

Cocofunka Chúcaro
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The Costa Rican band known as Cocofunka offer up a disparate mix of funk, Latin rock, reggae and soca influences with their latest project, titled Chúcaro. Noted for their psychedelic vibe, the band lean on more Caribbean sounds (read: reggae, soca) this time out, to smooth effect.
 
Exceptions to this rule is a track like the dreamy "Noche Tras Nocha" and pop-minded "Perseguidor," but numbers like "Aunque Llueva," "Alma Valiente" and "Temprano" revel in a reggae and soca-flavoured sensibility, all while maintaining their Costa Rican musical sound. The vibrant title track sets a joyful tone that is maintained throughout; as a whole, Chúcaro is a slow emotional burn, offering throwback Caribbean sounds filtered through a rock mentality and infused with a pop sensibility that makes it sparkle. (Independent)