Berlin-based producer Adam Longman Parker releases Colored, his first full-length LP as Afriqua for R&S Records. The album is a celebration of the unifying power of Black culture through the prism of electronic music. Colored is a natural culmination of Parker’s stylistic spectrum, spanning from house and techno to experimental and abstract electronica.
His heightened attention to production quality was inspired by seminal records in the canon of Black music, including work by Quincy Jones, Roy Ayers, and Weldon Irvine (who also hailed from Hampton, Parker’s hometown in Virginia). Colored, however, is a distinctly “un-nostalgic” album and these classics served more as archetypes of musical achievement than bases for imitation.
From the ritual chants on Shout, to Motown’s African roots on Upstream, and the George Clinton-era psyfunk of Space Dookie, Colored ’s diverse musical influences read like a lesson in Black music history. This panoramic approach extends to the album’s collaborators as well— lyrical wizard and J.Cole collaborator Salomon Faye, Belgian Afro-pop vocalist Zap Mama, LCD Soundsystem bassist Tyler Pope, and Parker’s brother, producer and songwriter Ruven.