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THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The Damn Straights EP

THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The Damn Straights EPNever a man to have merely a single iron in his fire, Lack Of Afro’s Adam Gibbons follows the release of sixties soundtrack/ cinematic soul-influenced Here We Go EP with an entirely different project in collaboration with rapper Herbal T who constitutes the other fifty per cent of The Damn Straights. Nominally hip-hop, the EP features nearly as much rock guitar as a Beastie
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THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The World’s On Fire (Let It Burn)

THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The World's On Fire (Let It Burn)Producer and multi-instrumentalist Lack of Afro hooks up once more with emcee Herbal T to become The Damn Straights and they announce their partnership with the single The World’s On Fire (Let It Burn). Imagine a scuzzy funk-rock-hip-hop take on Eminem’s My Name Is… taking a lyrical WTF! look at the state of things and you’re ballpark. Turns out the track was actually recorded
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HERBAL T: Lo-Fi Blow Dry (2014)

Lo-Fi Blow Dry Herbal TRating: ★★★★★ Herbal T is a name that will be familiar to anyone who’s checked out any of the last couple of Lack Of Afro LPs. The rapper has collaborated several times with the UK producer and multi-instrumentalist, often in conjunction with his twin brother Wax. Particularly high profile (not to mention dope) was the trio’s noisy, uptempo funk-based banger P.A.R.T.Y. which was
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LACK OF AFRO: Music For Adverts (2014)

Music For Adverts Lack Of AfroAdam Gibbons, a.k.a. Lack Of Afro is back, lean and mean for ’14 with a fourth studio LP. And while his DNA may have cruelly denied him the chance to ever sport a halo of kinked black hair, the twelve track Music For Adverts nevertheless reveals again that here is a man who possesses a sizeable amount of funk and soul. Not to mention a little disco, some hip-hop, a touch of sixties rnb and a
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LACK OF AFRO feat. WAX & HERBAL T: P.A.R.T.Y. (2013) + video

Rating: ★★★★★ If your record is a slam dunk of an uptempo, b-boy breakin’ banger on which former Def Jam rapper Wax and his twin brother Herbal T bring their game and it’s going to get an ad synch with any company – it might as well be Adidas. Either that or Puma anyway. Here it’s the former, as slab of funk-based insanity PARTY (the hip-hop highlight of Lack Of Afro‘s 2011 LP This Time) is
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KAZAHAYA: Bon Voyage (feat. Camp Lo)/ Remember Hip-hop 2012 (feat. D-Stroy, Wax, Herbal T & Braille)(2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
For last year’s Soul Is Yours LP, Kazahaya reprised his epic hip-hop dancefloor mash-up Remember Hip-Hop with live rappers as opposed to samples and now here it is on this sexy little seven inch from Breakin Bread who released the original (which is still in the box) three years ago. New lyrical fire is supplied courtesy of Wax and twin bro
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KAZAHAYA: Soul Is Yours (2011)

Rating: ★★★★★
Right, this is just taking the piss – there have been more decent hip-hop albums and projects out this year than in the last five years put together which makes 2011 officially the year that proper hip-hop was resurrected. And here’s Japanese producer Kazahaya with the latest proof of that in the shape of Soul Is Yours. The LP is a ten track set of which nine have guest vocalists on rhyme detail
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LACK OF AFRO: This Time (2011) + ‘A Time For’ video

It seems Lack Of Afro’s recent single was a spot-on indicator of what to expect from Adam Gibbons on his new full length effort This Time which supplies things catering for all needs broadly soul/ funky from the coffee-table to the dancefloor – or from the atmospheric to the banging if you’re sensitive to the term ‘coffee table’ – some people are you know – it’s all the espresso – makes them uptight. Anyway – let’s see how he did on his ‘difficult third’ album.
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