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Future Times boss Max D's Lifted ensemble explore the outer limits of cosmic, new-age jazz with another mind-expanding selection of blissed-out improvisations. A proper smoker's delight.
With a third album due next fall, the Lifted ensemble count down with the first in a series of EPs, a hazy, narcotic journey into the fourth world. Max D, Joe Williams (Motion Graphix), Matt Papich (Co La) and Jeremy Hyman (Ponytail) make up the core outfit, and here are joined by Dawit Eklund, Dustin Wong and Hirama, who trade sounds so levitational you'll end up on cloud nine whether or not you have access to herbal remedies.
If you managed to peep the group's last two albums on PAN ("1" and, um, "2"), you should know the vibe here. "3.3" continues the story, fleshing out their sound - that owes plenty to new age legend Jon Hassell and Move D's transcendent dub project Conjoint - in widescreen, exploring rounded grooves and coolly filtered bliss experiments. There's no heady concept here, no wall of text to wade through before taking a step inside - "3.3" is simply a mood. Sink into it.