Wide ranging, eclectic and progressive musical outlook has always been the Lack of Afro approach. He harnesses disparate musical styles ranging from funk, soul and hiphop to create a contemporary yet retro musical escapade of dancefloor friendly funk.
His most recent album ‘Hello Baby’ was released in May 2016 to instant acclaim and has recently been nominated for BBC6 MUSIC’s ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2016. To date it has reached the top ten in the iTunes ‘R&B / Soul’ chart in 17 countries worldwide. Extensive radio play also, particularly on BBC 6 music with strong support from Craig Charles, Lauren Lavern, Nemone and Jo Wiley.
The new single will be ‘Take You Home’ (feat. Joss Stone) came out last October and continues to sell well. . You can see the albums’s highlights in this short video: https://youtu.be/cM6iH8494Qc
The previous album ‘Music For Adverts’ also did extremely well , reaching the top 10s in over 11 countries worldwide. Tracks from the album were subsequently licensed to Miller Lite, Spotify, E4 & over a dozen TV shows in the U.S
Lack of Afro producer, composer & multi-instrumentalist Adam Gibbons has enjoyed consistent success of this kind, releasing his first album, ‘Press On’ in the autumn of 2007. It was picked up on by some of the most respected names in the scene. Bonobo, Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles all rated it very highly – tunes like Roderigo and the near classic The Outsider had blazed across dance floors all over Europe. iDJ magazine called it “one of the finest albums of the modern funk era”.
He built on this acclaim with the release of ‘My Groove Your Move‘ in 2009, dispelling any talk of ‘the difficult second album’. His sound seemed to expand in every direction on the record, and he became the first UK producer to collaborate with US rappers Wax & Herbal T as well as recording with one of Australia’s finest soul singers, Roxie Ray.
The release of This Time in 2011 saw him continuing to work with Wax & Herbal T (making the huge track P.A.R.T.Y that was subsequently used by Footlocker & Adidas for a worldwide ad campaign) & in 2012 he released a two-disc Remixes & Rarities album which featured the Lack of Afro take on tracks by the likes of Kraak & Smaak & The Hot 8 Brass Band.
2012 also saw a new project come to life under the moniker The Unity Sextet, an all-instrumental jazz and hip-hop-inspired affair. The Unity Sextet LP was picked up on by many tastemakers and fans alike, including Jamie Cullum and Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2). Less than a year later, Adam followed this with the next phase of The Unity Sextet project, a solo album by Fat Thumbs Ronnie, (the keyboard player in the fictional band) entitled Time To Shine. He has since collaborated as one half of The Damn Straights (with Herbal T) and The Adam Coopers (with keyboard supremo George Cooper)
His fifth long player Music For Adverts followed in 2014, cementing his reputation as one of the hardest working producers around. Featuring the instant (and long sold-out) soul classic Recipe For Love, the album went on to be the most successful Lack of Afro album to date, reaching the top 10 on the iTunes Soul chart in over 9 countries and going top 5 in 4 others. Following the success of that album, Adam set up his own label, LOA Records, with numerous artists being signed worldwide.
Lack of Afro tracks have been featured on countless compilations and appeared on TV (CSi, Entourage, The Mindy Project), Film (Dumb & Dumber To, Magic Mike) and advertising campaigns (Adidas, Miller Lite, Google) and as ever he has a busy schedule of remixes from respected labels across the board. In 2014, he joined the composer team & also co-wrote the theme tune for Mixology, a brand new sitcom for US TV network ABC.
More recently Adam’s music has been featured on compilations from Universal and Sony Music.
He is currently working on the fifth Lack of Afro album, due for release on LOA Records in March 2016.