Lack of Afro: Jack of All Trades

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Lack of Afro is Adam Gibbons, who lacks both an Afro and the deep suntan normally expected from the sound of 70s funk. The name might be a joke but the music isn’t, as Gibbons belts out pukka-sounding 70s soul, funk and disco, with some hip-hop thrown in. The sound is either peak Earth Wind and Fire or the Jacksons, though the more modern self-awareness also reminds us rock/funk band Do Me Bad Things and Jack Splash’s PlantLife (Jack was once in a band called Semi Hendrix, which featured CeeLo Green).

The opening track here is a former single single Back To The Day, a Jackson five / Earth Wind and Fire soundalike. Elsewhere he does more soulful numbers, Don’t Do Me Over being the best. All thoroughly enjoyable and well done. Vocals come from a variety of people: Elliot Cole, Juliette Ashby, Wax, Alyssa Marie and Camila Recchio, Herbal T, Emma Noble and Nick Corbin.

Fans of Craig Charles might have heard Gibbons on the Funk and Soul Show on BBC6 Music.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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