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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 including the Meters, Maceo Parker, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. In 1996 Galactic issued their debut LP, Coolin' Off; upon signing to major-label Capricorn, they re-released the album two years later, soon followed by the all-new Crazyhorse Mongoose (after which Mingledorff left). Since then, they have released a slew of albums including Late for the Future in 2000, Ruckus in 2003, and From the Corner to the Block in 2007. The band itself released a pair of live albums of its sets at Jazz Fest in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, they issued their most ambitious project to date with Ya-Ka-May, a wholesale New Orleans recording featuring guest appearances by everyone from Irma Thomas and Big Chief Bo Dollis to the Rebirth Brass Band and Walter "Wolfman" Washington. Galactic decided to explore the various connections between New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras and the nearly nationwide Carnivale of Brazil. Carnivale Electricos did exactly that. Enlisting help from Cyril and Ivan Neville, rappers Mystikal and Mannie Fresh, Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Juan Pardo, the KIPP Renaissance High School Marching Band, and Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Galactic stretched itself toward Brazil's native samba by covering Carlinhos Brown's "Malagenha." They composed two tunes that bridged the continents: "Guero Bounce," fusing NOLA bounce and Brazilian rhythms, and "Julou," titled for the band's own outsider Mardis Gras parade. They also include the traditional Carnivale number "O Côco da Galinha" with the help of samba poet Moyseis Marques on vocals. Carnivale Electricos was issued on Mardis Gras Day in 2012; it was their last recording for Anti. Over the next couple of years, the band toured and its members either pursued solo projects or collaborated, both in the studio or on-stage, with other musicians In May of 2015, Galactic announced a label deal with Provogue and a new album entitled Into the Deep. Produced by Ellman and Mercurio, the set featured guest appearances by a range of vocalists including Macy Gray, Mavis Staples, and Maggie Koerner. "Right On," with soul singer Charm Taylor, and the title cut featuring Gray, were both pre-released in June; the album followed in late July. ~ Jason Ankeny & Thom Jurek
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Albums by
Galactic

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    Ya-Ka-May [Deluxe Edition]

    13 songs

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    Carnivale Electricos

    15 songs

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    Ya-Ka-May

    14 songs

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    From the Corner to the Block

    13 songs

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    Ruckus

    14 songs

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    Late for the Future

    12 songs

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    Crazyhorse Mongoose

    14 songs

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    Coolin' Off

    14 songs

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    Into the Deep [Deluxe Edition]

    1 song

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    Sugar Doosie

    1 song

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    Move Fast

    1 song

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    Heart Of Steel (feat. Irma Thomas)

    1 song

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    Dark Water (feat. John Boutte)

    15 songs

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    Vintage Reserve

    13 songs

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    The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans

    13 songs

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    We Love 'Em Tonight: Live at Tipitina's

    1 song

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    Into The Deep (feat. Macy Gray)

    1 song

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    Right On (feat. Ms. Charm Taylor)

    1 song

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    From the Corner to the Block feat. Juvenile digital single

    13 songs

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    Late for the Future

    16 songs

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    From the Corner to the Block

    1 song

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    Heart of Steel

    1 song

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    Dark Water

    14 songs

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    Jazz Fest Live 2008


Top Songs by
Galactic

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  2.   Bounce Baby
  3.   Crazyhorse Mongoose
  4.   As Big as Your Face
  5.   Heart of Steel
  6.   Move Fast
  7.   Voyage Ton Flag
  8.   Hey Na Na
  9.   Villified
  10.   Baker's Dozen
  11.   Church
  12.   Go Go
  13.   Karate
  14.   Gossip
  15.   ...and I'm Out
  16.   Think Back
  17.   Squarebiz
  18.   Boe Money
  19.   Hustle Up by Boots Riley
  20.   Carnival Time
  21.   Magalenha
  22.   Tighten Your Wig
  23.   Funky Bird
  24.   Doo Rag
  25.   Two Clowns
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Galactic

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    Mardi Gras

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