Partially recorded in Los Angeles, Izumi “Mimi” Kobayashi’s Coconuts High is a perfect tropical fusion album featuring American studio legends Abraham Laboriel (Quincy Jones), Paul Jackson (Patrice Rushen), Alex Acuna (Weather Report), and Tower of Power alongside Japanese dub percussionist Pecker and guitar hero Masayoshi Takanaka. Across eight tracks, Mimi and crew touch on a variety of Latin/Caribbean genres including calypso, salsa, samba, and reggae all with an electronic/synth touch. There’s an interesting story here as well – B3 Lazy Love was actually recorded by Belizean reggae band Babylonian Warriors, who Kobayashi fell in love with after hearing the group open for UB40 at the Roxy in Hollywood.
– Phil Cho
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Calypso / Obscure Sound / Reggae / Samba