Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Galactic: New CD Due in February

I'm still trying to decide how much love to give to "Dark Water," the first single from Galactic's forthcoming album ya-ka-may, due Feb. 9 on the Anti- label.

The New Orleans funksters are joined by great hometown soul singer John Boutte on the track, which opens with synthetic-sounding drums (Stanton Moore + programming?), deep-reverb bass and cello licks before all drop out, wah/overdriven guitar drops back in and the rhythm starts chugging forward. Next: bluesy six-string scorch, start-stops, vocal stacks and more.

Click here to download the track.

Galactic's latest, their second on Anti-, is another collaboration, and the guest list is impressive: Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, the Rebirth Brass Band and emerging underground bounce artists Cheeky Blakk, Big Freedia and Sissy Nobby.

"It's based on very specific beats that the rappers rap over," Moore told Billboard about the tracks built on bounce, essentially New Orleans-bred hip-hop. "We've taken some rappers that work within the bounce genre and then we've done something differently. We haven't even created bounce music with them. It's our own interpretation, creating something that's new."

For more of the Billboard story, click here.

The band's tour in support of the CD officially kicks off Feb. 3 in Boston. But Stanton and the boys are coming to my neck of the woods - Florida - in early January, following their New Year's Eve show at Tipitina's.

Anti-, by the way, is having a very good year, with stellar 09 releases from Tom Waits, The Swell Season, Joe Henry, Bettye LaVette and - not least - Booker T. Jones, whose Grammy-nominated Potato Hole features back-up by the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young.

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