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L.A.B. II - The New Album Out Now

21 December 2018 - 0 Comments

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Just over 12 months since the release of their debut album, L.A.B. return with L.A.B. II, their second studio album. As the album title suggests, II is the next chapter in the L.A.B. story, and follows on from a massive year since their debut’s release. II again sees 12 genre-bending tracks combining to create another album readymade for summer listening.


The fact that the album is even complete and ready for release in 2018 is testament to L.A.B.’s work ethic. II was again recorded at Wellington’s Surgery Studios alongside Dr Lee Prebble, and again saw the band spending 24/7 in the studio writing, recording and mixing. The band themselves have said this process has aged them, however it is from these rigorous recording sessions that the crazy ideas at 4am turn into what is heard on the final release.

The album again showcases a diverse sound that, while hard to peg down, is becoming increasingly familiar as L.A.B.’s sound. Reggae, funk, blues, soul, ballads and synth-heavy jams all appear throughout II, with the two-headed production team of Prebble and Brad Kora keeping the sound consistent.

L.A.B. II cements the band as one of the most diverse acts in New Zealand, one who not only move across genres effortlessly, but who own each genre they step into. The album further shows an act who are growing in confidence, putting their vast musical talent and experience into a project which sounds like nothing else.

L.A.B. Summer 2018/19 Live Dates -

December 30 - Coroglen Tavern w/ Katchafire
December 31 - Rhythm & Vines, Gisborne
January 1 - Bay Dreams Warm Up, Mount Maunganui
January 18 - Soundsplash Festival, Raglan
January 19 - Black Barn w/ The Black Seeds
January 27 - One Love Festival, Tauranga
February 23 - Electric Avenue Festival, Christchurch
March 22 - Homegrown Pre-Party w/ Salmonella Dub, Wellington

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