1981's An Eye For An Eye is, to this day, the only LP produced by Byrne & Barnes together, and it's as playful and fresh as the first day it came out. While it's a little more on the synth side of things, it reminds us of other blue-eyed soul artists such as Ned Doheny, and throughout its eleven tunes, there's plenty of romance, mystique and soul-ridden funk. Think of it as the prototypical bridge between a 70's jazz-funk LP and the beginning of pop music as we know it today. Blue-eyed soul at its finest!
You might say that Adam Gibbons is a fairly regular name, and you'd be right. This particular A.Gibbons has another side to him, though, one where he makes all sorts of crazy tunes under the moniker Lack Of Afro. Since the mid 00s, he's been releasing many variations of funk, soul and disco; the man is never afraid of a new challenge and loves the vintage sounds of the 60s and 70s. This new EP on the party-ready LOA is magnificent in its entirety; "Take You Home" is a lovely, soul-tastic pop tune guided by the imposing voice of Joss Stone, while Emma Noble delivers a deeper, more laid-back sort of wisdom on Gibbons' "Fires Glow". There is, of course, an instrumental of the former, and two remixes of the latter; the first sees Flevans inject a little house sensibility in the original's groove, while the second, by Pocketpoet, washes the tune in a gorgeous, lo-fi jazz coating. Lovely stuff.