LT009: VIBRATION BLACK FINGER
Our latest guest mix is a big one. Clocking in at a meaty one and a half hours, this is by far the most extensive mix we’ve dropped in terms of both its duration and contents, and we’re privileged to say it comes from spiritual jazz connoisseur, Vibration Black Finger.
Lascelle Gordon, the man behind Vibration Black Finger, has a background as colourful and dynamic as this mix, featuring stints as the DJ for post-punk pioneers A Certain Ratio in the 80s, as a member of the Brand New Heavies, Heliocentric World and Campag Velocet, and a wide range of other collaborations, such as astrojazz collective Woven Entity with percussionist Patrick Dawes. Most recently, the acclaimed Vibration Black Finger project has seen Gordon work with the best and brightest of contemporary UK jazz, with the release of a three track EP earlier this year and a debut full length slated for release in autumn.
In his own words, the core inspiration behind Vibration Black Finger is ‘1970s spiritual jazz with a post-punk attitude’, a perspective seemingly only attainable via the musical path Gordon has taken. This mix comes packaged with the same ethos behind it - a slow-burning, mind-bending assortment of records, individually disparate but collectively coherent, thrown together with the experimentalism of somebody confident in the power of their own selections. Crucially, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter campaign and continuing state violence directed towards black bodies, Vibration Black Finger weaves a topical political message into the mix, featuring songs from Herbie Hancock and Bayeté protesting the 1970 arrest of Angela Davis, and Nikki Giovanni's civil rights poem, 'The Great Pax Whitie (Peace Be Still)'. The inclusion of 'Martin's Funeral' can be seen in equal measure a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Trayvon Martin, while the centrality of spiritual jazz to the mix, as an artistic and cultural movement that developed in the historical and social context of the late 1960s and 1970s, further represents a celebration of black lives and history. The result is a mix for our times, a musical and historical commentary on many of the issues society continues to face today.
We hope you enjoy this as much as we do.
- Art Ensemble of Chicago - Certain Blacks ‘Do What They Wanna’
- Tortoise - Seneca
- Bill Cosby - Martin’s Funeral
- Herbie Hancock - Ostinato (Suite For Angela)
- Nikki Giovanni & The New York Community Choir - The Great Pax Whitie (Peace Be Still)
- Natural Essence - It’s You I Need
- Sun Ra - When There Is No Sun
- Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - Whispering Tenderness
- Alice Coltrane - Morning Worship
- Spiritualized - The Slide Song
- Bayeté - Free Angela (Thoughts… And All I’ve Got To Say)
- Chaser - Theme From Chaser
- Rotary Connection - Amen
- A.K. Salim - Kumuamkia Mzulu (Salute To A Zulu)
- Timmy Thomas - Funky Me
- Catalyst - The Demon (Part 1)
- Joe McPhee - Cosmic Love
- Catalyst - The Demon (Part 2)
- Kevin Ayers - Song For Insane Times
- Karin Krog - Maiden Voyage
- Arovane - Neel
- John Coltrane - Stellar Regions
- Charles Mingus - Moves
- James Brown - Never Can Say Goodbye
- Full Moon Ensemble - 43 W. 87th Street Sur Peut-Être