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What impressed me most about the first time I heard Galactic's debut was that they were very clearly a New Orleans funk band, but their sound was neither an extrapolation of The Meters nor of the New Orleans brass band tradition. It was just a different sound, drawing on the emerging acid jazz scene, swamp grooves, Dr. John's voodoo sounds, and classic 70's funk, merging it all into a sound that was uniquely their own. Their first album, Coolin' Off, is still their best studio effort, and it is a masterpiece of tight, jazz-influenced funk. The key to the success of Galactic is the brilliant drumming of Stanton Moore. Funk is all about the rhythm, and Stanton Moore understands that the key to laying down the rhythm is not to play bombastic fills without so much as a millisecond between the beats (the way rock drummers do). The key is to leave plenty of space between the beats because it is in that space that the rest of the musicians have room to work. The rest of the band, of course, are great too, and the occasional vocals of Theryl "The Houseman" deClouet give it a great old R&B sound, but Stanton Moore is the glue that holds the band together. I say this as someone who generally doesn't like drummers very much, so that should tell you something about how solid the rhythm section is here, and how critical they are to the sound.
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