Galactic - Ya-Ka-May
Label: Anti- – 87002-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 09 Feb 2010
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Rock
Style: Blues Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Bayou Funk, Hip Hop, Conscious
A1 Friends Of Science
A2 Boe Money
Featuring – Rebirth Brass Band
Percussion – Louis "Becky" Clark
A3 Double It
Accordion – Steve Riley
Featuring – Big Freedia
A4 Heart Of Steel
Featuring – Irma Thomas
A5 Wild Man
Featuring – Big Chief Bo Dollis
Featuring – Allen Toussaint
A7 Katey Vs. Nobby
Featuring – Katey Red, Sissy Nobby
Featuring – Corey Henry, Trombone Shorty
B1 Dark Water
Cello – Mark paradis
Featuring – John Boutte
Guitar – Anders Osborne
B2 Do It Again
Featuring – Cheeky Blakk
B3 Liquor Pang
Featuring – Josh Cohen, Ryan Scully
B4 Krewe D'Etat
B5 You Don't Know
Featuring – Glen David Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band
B6 Speaks His Mind
Featuring – Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Mixed By – Dan Prothero
B7 Do It Again (Again)
Featuring – Cheeky Blakk
Bass – Robert Mercurio
Drums – Stanton Moore
Engineer – Ben Ellman, Count, Jeff Raines, Rich Vogel, Robert Mercurio
Executive Producer – Galactic
Guitar – Jeff Raines
Horns, Harp – Ben Ellman
Keyboards – Rich Vogel
Mastered By – Dave Kutch
Mixed By – Count
Producer – Ben Ellman, Chuck Brody (tracks: A4, A7), Count (tracks: A2, A3, A5, A8, B5, B7)
Programmed By – Ben Ellman
Recorded at Number C studio (NOLA).
Mixed at Chocula (SFCA) and Phantom Tollbooth (SFCA).
Mastered at The Mastering Palace (NYC).
© 2010 Anti, Inc.
Manufactured and distributed by Epitaph.
no matter what happens it somehow ends up back in New Orleans. The first time I heard Galactic was when they burst onto the scene with their excellent Meters-like debut album Crazyhorse Mongoose. Over the years they've adapted their sound more and more to the hip-hop/funk crowd with a lot psychedelic touches. This album comes full circle with all of that. This is a guest oriented recording but there's an interesting catch: most of the participants are going to be somewhat unknown and all come from the New Orleans area.
The biggest known guests are Irma Thomas and needless to say Allen Toussaint (is it really possible to make ANY album in that city without him?) and both are tremendous highlites in Irma's bluesy jam of "Heart Of Steel" and the chugging funk of "Bacchus". Even though no one else on the album is a big name there are some great new funk tunes in "Cinermascope" and "Speaks His Mind". These songs bring it all together not just from some hip-hop style rhythms to the Sly Stone,Miles Davis and Norman Whitfield that inspired them. It may sound something like The Roots but their is a difference.
These compositions are not only strong but never dwell in any way on "live music naturalness",a subject I've discussed many times in my reviews. There's excellent production throughout this entire album,from reverb to echo for some exciting funk sounds and not only that everything from blues,jazz even to the African style sounds that once came out of Congo Square. Even if it is a modern sound with some almost crunkish hip-hop influences here and there,even some profanity thrown in on "Do It Again" curtesy of Cheeky Blakk this album is an important reminder that funk is definately not the pure retro music it's often made out to be: that it's one of the most adaptable form of R&B from over the years and that it's always going to have something new to it and continue to offer the unexpected.
There are some great songs on here though I recommend..Boe Money (feat. Rebirth), Heart of Steel (feat. (the great!) Irma Thomas), Dark Water, & Do It Again.
BIG FREEDIA with GALACTIC - Double It
Galactic - Boe Money (feat The Soul Rebels Brass Band)
Galactic - Wild Man
in Tokyo, Japan
GALACTIC with Cyril Neville - Bacchus