Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Get Your Funk On

Lack of Afro is Adam Gibbons, a 26 year-old funk aficionado based in London who has been learning and playing music since he was just a kid. Under the name Lack of Afro he creates a slightly assembled brand of funk music, as modern as it is retro, one that features live instrumentation mixed in with samples and programmed beats in a big bowl of funky, jazzy, feel-goodness. His debut LP Press On was released by Freestyle Records, well known for their taste in everything from funk, hip hop and soul, to afrobeat, breaks, disco and house.

Jelly Jazz says: "His debut LP is everything it should be, packed full of super strong dancefloor funk with that modern touch that makes it so alluring and instant. Conceptually this is isn't that new, referencing old funk and jazz and adding breaks and beats, overplaying live parts and assembling it all into music for the floor, it's been done many times over the last 25 years or so. But what makes this record stand out is it's feel. There's lots of soul in this, and I don't mean soul music, I mean that unobtainable-if-you-ain't-got-it kind of soul, that knack that makes a producer write music that gets right inside people and won't let them go. There's also the underlying 'guts' within the music, the requisite and then some amount of 'ugh' that let's you dig into your groove on the dance floor."

Freestyle says: "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."

Here's another one for you, and it's absolutely filthy. A collection of 21 of the best funk tracks ever produced in the lone star state, lovingly unearthed by DJ Gerald Short for his Jazzman Records label, which specializes in re-releasing hard-to-find jazz, funk and soul records. I've been sitting here watching football on mute all day with this album bumping through the surround sound as the soundtrack. Great stuff. Half-way through it you want to go back and start it all over again.

The Austin Chronicle says: "Sometimes you have to cross an ocean to find something good in your own back yard. Such is the case with Texas Funk, released last fall on London-based Jazzman Records. Archiving 20 obscure Lone Star funk sides (and one from nearby Shreveport) from the late Sixties and early Seventies, Texas Funk unearths a largely unknown stratum of Texas music history. Geographically speaking, funk was all over Texas three decades back. From Longview to El Paso, energetic, club-honed groups waxed killer singles in limited pressings that command premium prices today. While often quite obvious in their emulation of established acts like Sly & the Family Stone and War, there's something unique about all of these groups."

Dusty Groove says: "This is the kind of funk they've been hiding from you all these years -- the real deal, the heavy stuff, the type of work that's made driving around the country looking for rare 45s so worthwhile! This material's the kind that makes a trip like that happen -- super-rare funk from Texas, dug up by the Jazzman posse, and given the stamp of approval by DJ Shadow! The package is a perfect introduction to the lost heritage of Texas funky work -- as it not only includes 21 searing tracks of funk (some of the best we've heard compiled in a long time!), but it also features a breakdown of the different scenes in the state, and a full set of notes on each tune, complete with an image of the original 45! The whole thing's unbelievable."

Stones Throw says: "Texas Funk, now available domestically for the first time, is the definitive look into the funk hotbed that was the late '60s and early '70s Lone Star State. From tough, urban centers such as Dallas and Houston, to the sparsely populated dots of Pasadena and Longview, one message rings clear – this expanse offered up musical hopefuls who offered “black gold” equal or better to their major label peers."


Jeff said...

Nice choices from the Texas collection. Thanks!

Michael Corleone said...

Love the post, big ups!

Mr. Curiosity said...

Cheers guys, glad you're into it.

Dirty D said...