Vels Trio and Miles Mosley live at Islington Assembly Hall



With influences ranging from Miles Davis to Thundercat, Vels Trio combine a wide palette of musical influences into an effortless, cohesive sound. Experimental, ambient grooves were concocted, with Jack Stephenson-Oliver oscillating between driving synths and piano, Cameron Dawson providing chugging bass lines and drummer Dougal Taylor yielding cymbal patterings and hard grooves. Yellow Ochre (Part 1.) was a highlight of the performance, beginning with an extended drum solo. An electronic wave of cosmic leaning sound, permeated by pulsing swells and intricate riffs, was created.

'Are y'all ready to get down?' Next was singer and double bassist Miles Mosley, who transported the audience to L.A., and alongside musicians from the collective known as the West Coast Get Down played a whirlwind fusion of jazz, funk, soul and rock. There was a real sense of community throughout the gig, as the high-calibre musicians had played together since they were in their teens. Mosley told us that the collective recorded 170 songs in 30 days, which spawned esteemed material such as Kamasi Washington's The Epic, and his own album The Uprising.

Mosley explained his father's dissatisfaction concerning Mosley's lack of double bass solos despite the expensive lessons he had as a child. On cue, Mosley launched into double bass acrobatics, where he crafted an ingenious extended bass solo. With use of electronic pedals and distortion, Mosley interchanged between bowing and strumming the double bass like a guitar, and played gritty Hendrix-esque lines.

Mosley was quite the rock star throughout the gig - from wearing sunglasses which were at one point hurled onto the floor, to spinning his double bass in between wild wah-wah solos, he commanded the lively crowd and sang with authority.

– Harriet Davis