Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness

May 21, 2010 Long Play of the Day

Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness
(Impulse!, 1972)

Wow—talk about an album that cracks open your subconscious and consumes you. No wonder why Flying Lotus has been obsessively compiling a documentary on his great aunt the last couple years–because records like this are the missing link between Lotus’ psychedelic beatscapes and a bloodline that’s on a different plane than the rest of us. Whether you’re into free jazz or not, this is one rabbit hole worth exploring, a slightly mad downward spiral of loose grooves that’ll you want to keep locked down long after they fade into the shadows.

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