Galactic: From the Corner to the Block

By: Sarah Moore

Galactic's signature funk meets hip-hip on From the Corner to the Block (Anti), their latest release. Featuring handpicked emcees such as Mr. Lif, Gift of Gab(Blackalicious) and Boots Riley (The Coup) as well as New Orleans' Juvenile (who lined up Galactic to back him on his appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show), Trombone Shorty, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, From the Corner to the Block is a party album breaking new ground for a quintet with a huge history.

The band was inspired to try and modernize the New Orleans sound after sharing bills with The Roots and Jurassic 5. Rappers were asked to pen lyrics about a corner, any corner. Most of the corners could have been any in the French Quarter, as a Nawleans flavor and fervor explode on this bombastic disc.

Produced in conjunction with engineer Count (DJ Shadow), Corner rocks and funks out with the shimmer of smooth, precise arrangements. Co-producer (and saxophonist) Ben Ellman says they "never set out to make a rap record," even though, with the exception of instrumental and DJ-manipulated tracks "Sidestepper" and "Fanfare" the album places the funk in the background music and pushes the MCs up front.

The title track oozes vintage Latin horns courtesy of New Orleans' Soul Rebels Brass Band alongside Juvenile's deep words and block party ambience. Stanton Moore's irreplaceable and unstoppable drumming keeps the soiree frenetic and happening, and Richard Vogel's keyboards remind the listener of Galactic's jazzy-funk leanings. The straight-up hip-hop "Think Back" features a dark, low Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), who recalls Grandmaster Flash with the ominous mood of Friday's character Deebo. The urban feeling gets glorified treatment as Chali spews lines like "But my girl at the time was heavy and pregnant" and "I used to live on 38th and Rhoads, a place the holds guns and gangs, pimps and hos." Most of his tongue twister lyrics would trip up a novice MC, making his speed and articulation quite noteworthy.

Sure to be a hit at the next cookout or dance party, Corner has all the major features of a successful crossover record: authority (guest MCs, Galactic's funk mastery, and producer Count), solid compositions, high energy and a modern outlook at two historic genres.

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[Published on: 9/20/07]

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Comments

jambeatnik Thu 9/20/2007 08:55PM
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jambeatnik

ANYONE WHO READS THIS... I JUST HEARD THE CD FROM START TO FINISH... UNBELIEVABLE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS... THIS ALBUM IS SO SICK IT'LL MAKE YOU GROOVE NO MATTER WHAT... ALL I AM WONDERING IS WHO WILL BE RHYMING DURING SHOWS

All Loving Liberal White Guy Fri 9/21/2007 01:25PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

I cant stand Juvenile. As a matter of fact, I loathe him but that one track he does on this album is probably the spiciest creole number on this whole record. Man, it's cookin'!

gmoo Sat 9/22/2007 10:30AM
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gmoo

This album is hot!

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Sun 9/23/2007 07:31PM
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I am a huge Galactic fan, and while I've always LOVED their live shows, I've always found their studio albums a bit lacking... until now! This cd is banging, can't wait to see them in NYC!

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galactic can do no wrong =)

grooveholmes Mon 9/24/2007 11:25AM
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grooveholmes

Just saw them a few weeks ago at Snowmass with Boots Riley and Gift of Gab there was litteraly like 50 people there. Boots definately held it down, I would say it wasn't their best show I've seen, but give them major props for mixing it up with the mc's. I'm sure the shows will get better though the more time they have to gel with them. I haven't checked out the new cd, but am looking forward to it. Isn't Ladybug from Digable Planets on it? peace

NICU1985 Tue 9/25/2007 11:18AM
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NICU1985

glad to hear all of these positive reviews...the album kicks alot of ass.

Ula Fri 9/28/2007 01:41PM
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Ula

Still not "The Houseman".....

redrustycar starstarstarstar Sun 9/30/2007 08:58PM
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redrustycar

Galactic has never failed me in a live show but this cd isn't the greatest if you are used to the get down funky beats they throw down. At shows I can't help but dance my heart out. It is just a personal thing, but I feel I could do without the outside artists. not my favorite album.