Adam Gibbons is one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, Adam first found acclaim as Lack of Afro. As well as Lack of Afro and The Unity Sextet, Adam is one half of The Damn Straights, a duo he formed with US rapper Herbal T.
He has enjoyed consistent success with his Lack of Afro moniker, 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, not surprising when tunes like Roderigo and the near classic The Outsider had blazed across dance floors all over Europe. With elements of Funk, Soul and Jazz blended with tight breaks and Adam’s distinctive production, Press On proved irresistible and won him many plaudits.
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 artist 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 the album This Time in 2011 saw Lack of Afro continuing to work with Wax & Herbal T (making the huge track “P.A.R.T.Y” that was subsequently used by Footlocker & Addias for a worldwide ad campaign) & in 2012 Lack of Afro released a two-disc Remixes & Rarities album which featured his 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 came out in January 2012 and features Adam on various instruments with contributions from a host of musicians, including pianist George Cooper & saxophonist Charlie Hearnshaw. This album pricked up the ears of many tastemakers and fans alike, including Jamie Cullum and Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2). Less than a year later, Adam (with George Cooper on the keys) 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.
His fifth long player, Music For Adverts followed in 2014, cementing his reputation as one of the hardest working musicians 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, proving that his was very much a career in the ascendancy.
Adam’s music has been featured on countless compilations and appeared in TV (CSi, Entourage, The Mindy Project amongst many others), 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 & co-wrote the theme tune for Mixology, a brand new sitcom for US TV network ABC.
Under his various guises, this musical troubadour has now released seven albums and has produced, remixed or mixed tracks by a total of 67 different artists. It is safe to say that he is a man very much in demand.
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