Photo by Dan Medhurst
7″ vinyl available on August 15th
There is always talk of the retro Funk and Soul revival. Some artists get it and pull it off well, some are mislabeled as such, and some artists just fit the bill exactly. Lack of Afro, aka Adam Gibbons is that guy. A musician, DJ, producer, and remixer who hails from Exeter, UK, but now is based out of London, Lack of Afro has taken the scene by storm with a string of 7″ records, production, and DJ sets (all 45 vinyl by the way). Gibbons has worked his production alchemy for artists such as Andy Smith, Wax (Def Jam), Steve White and Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene) plus over 40 remixes from artists from the Pharcyde to Tom Jones to Kraak & Smaack, The New Mastersounds and more.
I have recently been spinning the heck out of his reworking of Ray Camacho & The Teardrops “Si Si Puede” on Freestyle. Heavy, heavy stuff. His live Lack of Afro band is well known all over Europe, having graced the airwaves with the mighty Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6 and Mark Lamarr over at BBC 2. Known for a hard hitting authentic Funk sound in his music and production, Lack of Afro may not be a familiar name here in the States, but stay tuned, because the empire is expanding to the US.
The latest release from Lack of Afro is “Time For Lovin'” b/w “Numero Seenko” on Freestyle Records, from the upcoming release This Time. Available August 15th at your better record stores or online from Freestyle Records, one would be foolish not to get your hands on a copy of this. “Time for Lovin” features UK singer/songwriter Wayne Gidden. This smokey, (not just retro but real) Soul side rolls along beautifully like Motown in the Summer, while the uptempo hard Funk of “Numero Seenko” hits the groove even harder and will no doubt fill dance floors (with or without talcum powder). Seenko is just an exclusive to this particular 7″, so grab it while you can. Always innovating, collaborating, and keeping the Funk and Soul sound alive in 2011 and beyond, Lack of Afro is a renaissance man of sorts. Let’s hope as he expands to the States we can get a listen to the man (DJ set or live band) here in NYC. If we do, you can bet FMF will be there representing and bring back a full report to you. When I get the available live stream for this particular 7″, I’ll let you know. Until then, Keep Diggin’!
Check out some of Lack of Afro’s Work:
Funk Cover of Arctic Monkeys When the Sun Goes Down
Together at Last
The New Master Sounds – Idle Time (Lack of Afro Remix)