"If you're a musician, you ain't shit if you ain't workin'," Galactic singer Theryl "Houseman" de Clouet states matter-of-factly in his soulful Southern drawl. Performing an average of 250 club dates a year, the horn-fueled, rhythm-driven New Orleans funktet has been everywhere from friendless no-name bar gigs to multi-night sellouts in prestigious rooms like San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium.
Galactic has recorded on the go too, releasing CDs from hit-and-run studio time; tunes that evolved during nonstop coast-to-coast jams. But for its sixth release, Ruckus, the group pared down the touring and settled into a newly acquired hometown recording studio, where time and financial concerns took a backseat to a focused creative process. Inspired by hip-hop and electronica, they recruited acclaimed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. The collaboration resulted in 11 fresh, concisely crafted cuts that retain their trademark jazzy groove while exploring the "future funk" the band strives for.
West Coast neo-soul/house diva Latrice Barnett injects a sultry femininity into the mix for their Freezestyle 2004 tour. Expect a party vibe to motivate your backside.