I keep coming back to Galactic in the same way I keep coming back to Dave Eggers novels, Yuengling and my old Casco Bay Lines’ hoodie. Galactic are reliable, fun and valuable for a variety of situations. They also feature one of my favorite drummers, Stanton Moore.
Galactic is a 5 piece funk/jazz/fusion/hip hop backing band from New Orleans. Over the years, their sound has progressed from jazz heavy to groove heavy to a more subdued hip hop style when working with producer Dan the Automator and an eclectic gang of rappers and then most recently to a more wildin’ out Mardi Gras party band style. They’ve been joined by a variety of vocalists like the New Orleans blues/funk singer the Houseman, Living Colour’s singer Corey Glover, the Neville Brothers and rappers such as Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab, Mystikal, Ohmegga Watts, Chali 2na and more.
Heading into the weekend is one of the best times for Galactic, so here is the official Giddy Up America Galactic playlist.
Hustle Up f. Boots Riley
Hey Na Na
Blacked Eyed Pea
From the Corner to the Block f. Juvenile
Voyage Ton Flag
I Got It f. Lyrics Born
Move Fast f. Mystikal
Out in the Street
Think Back f. Chali 2Na
Action Speaks Louder Than Words
Doo Rag (live) f. Triple Threat DJ’s