Review: Former Brand New Heavies founder member Lascelles Gordon has delivered some of his most inspiring work since launching the jazz-focused Vibration Black Finger project in 2016. Each release to date has been superb, with the producer/percussionist being joined by a rotating cast of top-quality musicians, vocalists and collaborators. Sophomore set "Can You See What I'm Trying To Say" is, in our humble opinion, his strongest release to date: an inspired, imaginative collection of compositions rooted in obscure 1970s spiritual jazz but also informed by dub, post-punk, free-jazz, 23 Skidoo and smoky trip-hop. Throw in a swathe of field recordings used to add texture and atmosphere, and you have a stunning album that should be on everyone's shopping list.
Review: Lascelle 'Lascelles' Gordon is the creative powerhouse behind Vibration Black Finger, and once again here he excels on a second album that furthers his magnificent jazz sound. Obscure spiritual sounds of the 70s are the melting pot from which he mostly draws, with plenty of like-minded collaborates all contributing their own skills to the mix. Collective empowerment and personal development all enrich the album and its progressive message, and it was all put together from old ideas on tapes and DATs that he had worked on over the years. Instrumental segues stitch together the thoughtful vocal pieces and moments of real gusto help it stick long in the memory.
Review: Acid jazz survivor Lascelles Gordon struck gold when he established the Vibration Black Finger project in 2016. So far, the fluid collective's releases have been inspired, with Gordon giddily joining the dots between post-punk, spiritual jazz, electronica and much more besides. He's at it again here on a single that marks the project's first release for nearly 3 years. "Sweet Nothing", featuring the sumptuous and smoky vocals of Ebony Rose, is really rather wonderful; a laidback chunk of dubby post-punk soul rich in heavy bass guitar, spacey Moog lines and effects-laden guitars. B-side "Song For Enid", a more experimental-minded affair that sounds like Adrian Sherwood and African Head Charge covering Sun Ra, is arguably even better.