Galactic’s album, YA-KA-MAY, takes the old and new sounds of New Orleans and fuses them. Jazz, funk, and most recently hip hop, evolve together into one sound, infusing the classic party style of New Orleans music and the images of the bayou with a new era of music called bounce. YA-KA-MAY is also full of guest artists such as Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Allen Toussaint, Big Freedia, and Sissy Nobby that add even more color and culture to Galactic’s fourteenth release.
Leading into the album is an instrumental track, featuring The Rebirth Brass Band, reminiscent of Galactic and the New Orleans of yore entitled “Boe Money.” But then “Double It” hits hard, driving to places similar to the Crunk scene of the south.
The tracks are rhythmic and contagious, with heavy bass lines and messages/lyrics that are pounded into your psyche, like “Heart of Steel,” featuring the deep heart-and-soul voice of Irma Thomas. “Dark Water” and “Do It Again” are memorable tracks that are as dirty and funky as the hot weather of Louisiana.
YA-KA-MAY is melodic, ridden with bluesy lessons, but uplifting. Just try and sit still to this.
YA-KA-MAY is out now on Anti Records.