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Lack Of Afro - Press On

Lack Of Afro Press On
Lack Of Afro - Press On
(CD/LP) Freestyle Records FSRCD034, 2007-09-24

Tracklisting :
01. Intro
02. The Outsider
03. Rusty
04. Touch My Soul
05. For You
06. Pure Filth
07. Wait A Minute
08. Live At The Club
09. Mongrel Strut
10. When The Sun Goes Down
11. Roderigo
12. Where It's At

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Press Release :
Having dabbled in numerous instruments from a young age - he´s tinkled the ivories, blasted the alto sax, banged a few funky beats out on the drums and plucked a few tunes on the guitar - Lack of Afro certainly isn´t lacking in creative stock. This funky young dude has been going since the age of 7 and now, at 26, Adam Gibbons has all but earned an honorary afro with the release of his debut album, "Press On".

Adam Gibbons found his feet after getting into funk and soul whilst studying Music Technology at University and started to ply his trade in various bands around Exeter. Having posted a few tracks onto a friend´s website in 2006, word soon spread to the Freestyle offices, where he was instantly snapped up and released the huge selling "Wait A Minute" - the magnum funk opus included here. One of the label´s fastest selling 12"s, it has gone on to sell huge numbers worldwide and licensed to countless compilations. The follow up "Roderigo" also flew off the shelves and is still in huge demand to this day. Soon after this, the offers of remix work came flooding in - to date Adam has sprinkled his Afro magic on Diesler, The New Mastersounds, Eddie Roberts (NMS), Tim Wood (Social Beats) and is currently working on remixes for Nicole Willis and Flevans, as well as producing an entire album for US band The Diplomats of Solid Sound. His tracks have also picked up numerous radio plays, appearing on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, Xfm and many more.

Taking its cues from the heavy funk and soul of the 70s, and giving them something of an updated twist, "Press On" is without a doubt one of the finest albums of the modern funk era. Playing most of the instruments himself, Adam has created a contemporary classic. From the opening track you can hear a sincere and honest love of funk and an understanding of what works both on the dance floor and at home. Highlights include the does-exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin "Pure Filth"; the sublime genius of "Touch My Soul", featuring the voice of the late Steve Marriot; and the inspired cover of the Arctic Monkeys´ "When the Sun Goes Down" - already a firm favourite with DJs.

Already being touted as "the next Quantic" we´re sure you´ll agree that this young and talented producer has carved a new niche for himself. With the charm and musicality of funk pioneers such as The Meters, James Brown and Jimmy Smith, but with a contemporary twist, we´re sure this will find favour with fans of artists such as DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Breakestra, The Quantic Soul Orchestra and Mark Ronson.

Press On….Stand Up….and Feel The Funk!

Biography :
My name is Adam, but I record under the name Lack of Afro.

I started playing the piano at the age of 7, taking lessons from my gran. At school I saw some bloke playing the alto sax - it looked and sounded cool, so I took lessons. I did all the classical grades (no jazz grades back then sadly) by which time my uncle had bought a new drum kit which I took a shine to. He showed me some simple beats and that got me hooked. I learnt the rest by playing along to records in my lunch-breaks and at home in the garage (much to the annoyance of the neighbours, they didn't dig the Small Faces.). By the time I left school at 18 I knew a few chords on the guitar as well.

Fast forward to uni - I wanted to know about recording so Music Technology was the course that I found myself on. While I was there got into funk in a big way, playing a few instruments in a few bands and starting to write my own material. The three years flew by, I graduated and started writing music for various multimedia companies as a day job.

In July 2005 a DJ and producer called Flevans (respect son) picked up on a funk track that I'd written in 2003 called “Wait A Minute”. He played it at The Big Chill and apparentely it 'went off'. Thanks in no small part to funk nut and Root Down don Heavy Stylus, in January 2006 Shep from Freestyle Records heard “Wait A Minute” on The Root Down website. Before I knew what was going on, I was signed to Freestyle.

To date I have been fortunate enough to play alonside and/or support such artists as Maceo Parker, Quantic, Breakestra, The Rebirth, Flevans, The Baker Brothers and Jon Kennedy. The debut Lack of Afro single on Freestyle, “Wait A Minute” quickly sold out, picking up plays on Annie Mac’s Mash Up on BBC Radio 1 along the way (a big day when you hear your stuff on there). The follow-up single "Roderigo" went down even better (the first pressing sold out in four days), again appearing on Radio 1 with some people already putting it in their 'Best of' lists for 2007. I've completed remixes for Eddie Roberts (One Note Records) which was released on Record Kicks (went down well) and for Tim Wood on Socialbeats and am at the moment working on remixes for The New Mastersounds (One Note) and Flevans (Jack To Phono). Those funky peeps at Record Kicks have asked me to produce the forthcoming "The Diplomats of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes" LP, due out later this year, a challenge I'm looking forward to...

The debut Lack of Afro album "Press On", is very nearly completed and will be released at the end of this summer...

If you're into the music and dig what I'm doing then don't be shy and drop me a line. Unlike some other peeps, I always like to reply to my messages...

here are 2 new remixes in the player on my myspace remixes page here

These are 2 tracks that I’ve re-worked - one by Nicole Willis (ATC) called “A Perfect Kind Of Love” for a remix album (which will include one by Mr Scruff amongst others). It features drums and guitar by Mike Bandoni, aka Funk Shone (Skyline). The other is by newly signed Freestyle and ex-Tru Thoughts beatsmith Diesler and is called “Restless”, featuring Testament. Check ‘em out, both different but both heavy as always!

’ve finished remixing the New Mastersounds’ “Land of Nod”, and am half way through re-working “Idle Time”. One of these will appear on the forthcoming Record Kicks album “NMS Re:mixed”. Eyes peeled for that…


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Heavy Stylus Heavy Stylus ·  28 September 2007, 08:49

As a long standing supporter of LOA I concur that this is a bonafied classic of an LP. Props to young Adam for managing to put together such an excellent debut! From the opening horns of The Outsider through the cut and paste funk of Rusty and Mongrel Strut via the mod/indie tributes Touch My Soul and WTSGD, Press On is full of heavy grooves, dancefloor jazz and inspiring and intelligently structured drum patterns. This LP is worthy of a Mecury Nomination as far as I'm concerned.

James / Stylus

leizaboy leizaboy ·  02 November 2007, 07:28

Amazing Album!

Jinkz Jinkz ·  10 December 2007, 10:46

Fantastic album....I hate to throw sounds into genres but this is laden with a kind of mod-funk groove all the way through, but you're probably more than aware of that yourself :-)

Look forward to picking up more of your stuff, cheers for taking care of my ears!

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