<Psychedelic World Music> The latest release by Simon Rossford’s [and Raja Ram] Shpongle is deliriously layered. Sound is zoomed in on, blown up into epic expanses. Opener Brain in a Fish Tank sets the scene for the audio movie that is Museum of Consciousness – consciously or not, the track references City of Lost Children by Jeunet, and it shares that French director’s visionary perception – his rich palette; his eye for subtlest detail. The album blooms with sound – from orchestral textures to snippets of found sound, guided always by relentlessly, at times diabolically, funky beats. Shpongle has created a sonic laboratory that accesses musical influences from across the globe, and seems able to access music past and future, to give the album its gleaming sheen. Ranging from chillicious – check the vast, smooth aura of The Aquatic Garden of Extra-Celestial Delights – to booty thumpin’, as with the frothing rhythms of Juggling Molecules, Museum of Consciousness is an experiment in beauty, one which succeeds soundly (ahem.) Music for the mind and the behind, which reminds of George ‘The Funkmaestro’ Clinton’s instruction: “Free your mind/ and your ass will follow.” Good stuff!