As an individual who has been playing music my entire life, I’m always on the lookout for something that either touches me or makes me want to move. I’m a bit of a music snob, kind of a dick about it too. Although I happen to be married to somebody who doesn’t dance at all, I absolutely LOVE to dance. I’m always dancing, in fact. I’m the weirdo who dances up and down the aisles at just about every local grocery store I’ve ever set foot in, including here in Japan where it isn’t exactly looked at as something any normal individual might be caught dead doing around here. But I digress… At any rate, I drove for Uber & Lyft for about 4 years, and the one thing I was always well reviewed for was my musical selection. At first I only used my iPod until the doohickey that plugs into the phone-jack broke inside it, losing me my own personal playlist access. Fortunately for me and all my passengers, Uber added Pandora access to the app. As you may recall from my previous musical post, I’m a big fan of the JB’s. But here’s the most amazing thing about Pandora, which is also why it is my go to app for listening to music. I don’t have to work so hard to find some true gems when I use Pandora, as opposed to Spotify, of which I am most certainly not a fan. I have found some of the absolute most fantastic musicians on Pandora that I might not have found on my own, like this one that I found on my “The JBs radio” station, Lack of Afro. A multi-instrumentalist and producer by the name of Adam Gibbons from Exeter, England, going by the performance name of Lack of Afro has captured the full attention and respect of this music snob. Though it was the track, Rusty, that knocked me for a loop first, this is the track that got me jumping up to dance in my living room like I was at a club.
Lack of Afro is an absolute powerhouse of vintage soul stylings from across the pond. However, I’ve been saying for years that this world is a ever evolving flow of patterns of energy and information, of which there are vortexes. Wherever you go, people do music differently. But there’s just something about musicians in England and their connection with music. I suspect that it’s a vortex of musical evolution that comes from the fact that the U.K. is a global empire that made its way around the planet, taking on new subjects into the British Commonwealth to further evolve the culture of Great Britain. This is just my own hypothesis, but one I’ll stick to forever.
Lack of Afro put out his first 12″ single called Wait a Minute back in 2006, followed up by a first album in 2007 (Press On), then My Groove Your Move (2009), This Time (2011), Music For Adverts (2014), all released by Freestyle Records. Hello Baby (2016), Hello Baby – The Instrumentals (2016), and Jack of All Trades (2018), published by LOA Records.