Nothing straightens out a DJ’s Concord stylus like an obscure record, and the dollar bin in any grimy record store basement holds within its milk crates the promise of the next great find. But while diggin’ in the crates with good taste is a dangerous combination, obscure for obscure’s sake can be equally dangerous. Thankfully, the records selected for DJ King Britt’s The Cosmic Lounge Volume One, an intensely eclectic mixtape compiling 11 “lost” intergalactic free-jazz explorations of the early ’70s, aren’t so obscure as to render this a vanity project (though that’s still basically what it is). Many of them are merely lesser-known tracks from the subgenre’s gatekeepers who aren’t named Sun or Ra or both. Britt, postmodernist that he is, submits each of these jewels of his record collection as the seeds for his personal cosmology.
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