No matter what sound he tries, Afriqua has no problem with the technical side of production. Whether he's making Djrum-school drum & bass or Sunwaves bombs, his work has the effortless polish of a producer who could probably churn out just about anything. He also has musicality in a traditional sense, both as an instrumentalist and an arranger. ~ Resident Advisor
Afriqua (AKA Adam Longman Parker) crafts his mercurial productions with an eye to the future and an ear to the past. At a young age, he straddled the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and hip-hop, studying piano works while developing his skills as a producer and DJ. Diving into turntablism and b-boy culture, he performed alongside pioneers Jazzy Jay, Grandwizard Theodore, and Grandmaster Caz, formative experiences that evolved into a natural versatility behind the decks.
Born and raised in Virginia, Parker was inspired by the productions of local legends The Neptunes, Timbaland, and Missy Elliot. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London by day, while receiving the essential nightlife education of institutions like Fabric and Plastic People. He moved to Berlin a few years later, embracing the city’s rich musical offerings.
His early productions as Afriqua caught the attention of independent labels including 2nd Drop Records, Souvenir, and All Inn, where he explored sounds both firmly within the house/techno sphere and unmistakably beyond it. 2017 marked the beginning of an exclusive relationship with R&S Records.
Standout tracks “Soul Correction,” “Chronic Cool,” and his R&S debut “Aleph” have been DJ and crowd favourites alike, and exemplify Parker’s approach to production: weaving deep samples into spacey sonic tapestries, honouring black heritage while propelling it into the future.
AGENT: Peter Beer