Lack Of Afro – Music For Adverts


UK - Reissue
Funk + Black Grooves + Soul
sharon jones, menahan street band
Lack Of Afro - Music For Adverts
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2021 Repress

A Wide ranging, eclectic and progressive musical outlook has always been the Lack of Afro approach. His latest material follows suit as he harnesses disparate musical styles ranging from funk, soul and hip-hop to create a contemporary yet vintage musical escapade of superb songs.

On his 4th studio album for Freestyle Records, the influences, sounds and musical textures are more eclectic than ever. Below, Adam talks us through some of the his favourite moments on 'Music For Adverts'.

First out of the box is the steaming funk killer Freedom: This time around I knew I didn't want an intro or a skit to start the album - I needed a strong, heavy opener - I had the melody for the chorus floating around in my head. It was then just a case of working with Jack Tyson - Charles on the rest of it and getting the vibe that the song required.

Long time Lack Of Afro collaborator Herbal T features on Brown Sugar: I had an idea of doing a disco track with an emcee on it, which you don't really hear often. This is actually the first time I've sung on a Lack of Afro track, adding my backing vocal warblings on the choruses! Special shout to George Cooper for the howlin' Hammond solo at the end too.

Of the gritty instrumental No Guts, No Glory Adam explains: I wanted to include 3 instrumentals as I always have a soft spot for them & it's what people know me for. The 'choir' was recorded by layering up my own voice in different octaves, nothing is auto-tuned, its all real. The studio allows me to do stuff like that but I could never sing live - I'll leave that to the proper vocalists.

'Proper vocalist' Jack Tyson - Charles again features on The Gypsy, which as Adam explains uses the classic song format to great effect: One of my favourite LOA tunes to date, Its in keeping with the album mission statement of wanting to write 'proper songs' instead of just grooves.

Another supremely radio friendly & catchy composition is the track which introduces Juliette Ashby; Making It Right, of which Adam informs us; the initial idea came from my good friend Flevans. George Cooper & I added the changes, Rory Simmons arranged the strings & Juliette Ashby came up with a really great vocal. It's most definitely different than a lot of LOA material, but that is no bad thing - sometimes you just have to get outside of your comfort zone and try new stuff.

The truth is that Music For Adverts is stuffed with beautiful audio gems of all varieties - from those 'proper songs', though tough nut, hard hip hop jams, deeply grooving funk - Lack Of Afro has mastery of many genres, production & various instruments, which is why this album is a fully formed tour de force through contemporary soul.

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A1. Freedom Jack Tyson-...Lack Of Afro03:40play
A2. One For The TroubleLack Of Afro04:03play
A3. Recipe For LoveJack Tyson-...Lack Of Afro03:51play
A4. CocoLack Of Afro04:28play
A5. Brown SugarHerbal TLack Of Afro03:05play
A6. The GypsyJack Tyson-...Lack Of Afro03:54play
B1. The ContenderLack Of Afro03:47play
B2. Missing MeJack Tyson-...Lack Of Afro03:39play
B3. No Guts No GloryLack Of Afro03:47play
B4. Making It Right Juliette AshbyLack Of Afro04:02play
B5. On The RoadJack Tyson-...Lack Of Afro03:34play
B6. Here We Go AgainWax,Herbal ...Lack Of Afro04:30play
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