Galactic-Into The Deep

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New Orleans group Galactic continue with their tradition of forwarding-thinking funk and refreshing talent.

Galactic’s instrumental jams, their bread and butter, remain vibrant, polished and creative.The Sly Stone-inspired, heaven-reaching “Higher and Higher”, featuring JJ Grey’s guttural voice, puts a chunky funk riff alongside a more modern industrial guitar noise. “Sugar Doosie” paints a vivid picture with its cacophony of blaring horns, hyperactive basslines and swirling drums.

Still, the standout acts are the album’s guest artists, with their big voices and even bigger personalities. Macy Gray enriches the title track-a lush, gospel inspired slow-burner with bright blues licks-with her raspy, weary-but-wise drawl. Mavis Staples shines on “Does It Really Make A Difference”, a soulful ballad whose simple, constant message wedges deep in the brain. Ms Charm Taylor, is all sass on “Right On”, an grooving, hip-hop grazing celebration that assaults your ears with all the different kinds of joyful sounds you expect to hear from Galactic by now.

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