Review: Lascelle Lascelles has a long musical pedigree: he was playing house at London's Wag club back in the late 80s, and went on to co-found Brand New Heavies before joining NME darlings Compaq Velocet. But what we have here is the second long-player (following on from 2017's 'Blackism') from his Vibration Black Project, for which the primary inspiration here is Afrocentric 70s freeform jazz from the likes of Sun Ra. As such, some of the tracks will be a little out-there for some, while others are really just short skits. But it's an album that's definitely worth approaching with ears and mind open, its finest moments sitting somewhere between trip-hop and 40s noir soundtrack vibes.
Review: Taking things back to the roots of bass music, Vibration Lab and Linval Thompson bring us the Tribulation Time EP - a beautiful lesson in dub music. The original track is all dubbed out vocal, swinging beats and chiming SFX, with a thudding b-line booming below. RSD ups the tempo to a jovial pace; Radikal Guru adds an enticing swing, whilst Riddim Tuffa brings out the instruments in the original and adds a reggae influence, and Adam Prescott draws out a more modern dubstep strand to the surface.