Welcome to Extended Play, an occasional feature where we review CDs we couldn’t squeeze into the magazine—even though many of us really are quite excellent squeezers. This week: the newie from NOLA outfit Galactic.
Can we describe this collection from the New Orleans quintet without using the word “gumbo”? Probably not. The funkateers have infused YA-KA-MAY with an abundance of varied flavors as they skillfully back a wide range of NOLA musicians, from legendary artists such as singer Irma Thomas and producer-composer Allen Toussaint, to young rappers Katey Red and Sissy Nobby, who both feature on the energetic, clattering, “Katey vs. Nobby.” The result is an often very tasty musical, uh, stew. B+ —Clark Collis
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