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Editors’ Notes

New Orleans’s Galactic has been serving up its potent blend of funk, jazz, and rock for more than a decade. On From the Corner to the Block, they embrace rap like never before, enlisting an impressive roster of spitters, singers, and players. The band seems revitalized by the hip-hop milieu and delivers a consistently engaging, often thrilling album that deftly blends loops and effects with more organic sounds. Three of the MCs — Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab, and Lateef the Truth Speaker — come courtesy of Quannum Projects, the highly respected California collective. Bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore propel the lively “…And I’m Out,” featuring Mr. Lif, and the aggressive “Hustle Up,” featuring the Coup’s “raptivist,” Boots Riley. “Second and Dryades” slices and samples the Mardi Gras Indian chants of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, while the sultry “Squarebiz” fuses Ladybug Mecca’s prickly rhymes with Nino Moschella’s falsetto croons. “Tuff Love,” a pulsating, electrifying instrumental romp with young Trombone Shorty (on trumpet, of course), proves they’re still a mighty force with microphones turned off.

Customer Reviews

Future of the New Orleans Musical Tradition

This is a landmark album. Galactic has long been one of the brightest stars on the New Orleans music scene but their brilliant collaborations with both brass bands and local and national rap artists is genuis. A real flavor of the city worth every penny. Brings me right back to the corner every time.

The Galactic Funk is highly potent....

Wow!! I was very impressed with all the funky-sounds this band creates... Just put this Cd on at a house party and watch everyone get down.

It's no Crazyhorse Mongoose but...

Continuing the funk, these guys are always striving for a fresh sound. Nice collaborations as someone has mentioned, especially "Tuff Love" with Trombone Shorty. The rap stuff is ok but it's no Crazyhorse Mogoose! Still a funky album nonetheless.


Formed: 1993 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The New Orleans-based jazz-funk ensemble Galactic formed in 1994; originally an eight-piece, the group soon pared down to an instrumental sextet comprised of guitarist Jeff Raines, organist Rich Vogel, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonists Ben Ellman and Jason Mingledorff, and drummer Stanton Moore. Later adding Crescent City music scene vet Theryl deClouet on vocals, Galactic built a fervent local following on the strength of a relentless live schedule that included opening slots for group heroes...
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