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Galactic – “Into the Deep (feat. Macy Gray)” (audio) (Premiere)

New Orleans jam experts Galactic are joined by Macy Gray for a soulful number in the form of "Into the Deep", the title cut off of their forthcoming LP.

In a review of Galactic‘s gig at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California earlier this year, PopMatters‘ Greg M. Schwartz calls the group “one of New Orleans’ best sonic flavors.” Although these road-worn instrumentalists have more than aptly proven their musical chops over the course of their 20 years together as a band, they are certainly capable of reining in the solos and focusing on songs. “Into the Deep”, which features Macy Gray‘s powerful pipes at the front of the mix, is a fine example of Galactic’s songcraft, and it bodes well for the rest of the forthcoming Into the Deep LP. Soulful and groovy without ever being overly flashy, “Into the Deep” is a snippet of Galactic at their most enthusiastic.

Galactic says to PopMatters about this spirited collaboration, “When we first heard Macy’s voice on the track, we knew we had the right fit. Her voice has so many layers of feeling; she can get across so much emotion in a short verse.”

Into the Deep is out through Provogue Records on 17 July.

Upcoming tour dates for Galactic:

June 3 /// Slowdown /// Omaha, NE

June 4 /// Summerfest /// Columbia, MO

June 5 /// Wakarusa Music Festival /// Ozark, AR

June 27 /// Electric Forest Festival /// Rothbury, MI

July 3 /// Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival /// Portland, OR

July 4 /// High Sierra Music Festival /// Quincy, CA

July 11 /// The Levitate Music Festival /// Marshfield, MA

July 17 /// The Pemberton Music Festival /// Pemberton, Canada

July 18 /// Sioux Falls Jazz Fest /// Sioux Falls, SD

July 24 /// Fuji Rock Festival /// Niigata, Japan

August 9 /// Summer Meltdown Festival /// Darrington, WA

August 12 /// Brooklyn Bowl /// Brooklyn, NY

August 13 /// Brooklyn Bowl /// Brooklyn, NY

August 14 /// Brooklyn Bowl /// Brooklyn, NY

August 15 /// Brooklyn Bowl /// Brooklyn, NY

August 16 /// Ridgefield Playhouse /// Ridgefield, CT

August 18 /// The Chicken Box /// Nantucket, MA

August 19 /// The Chicken Box /// Nantucket, MA

August 20 /// Infinity Hall Hartford /// Hartford, CT

September 5 /// North Coast Music Festival /// Chicago, IL

September 11 /// Lockn’ Music Festival /// Arrington, VA

September 19 /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre /// Morrison, CO

September 20 /// Belly Up Aspen /// Aspen, CO

October 2 /// Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival /// Live Oak, FL

October 3 /// Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival /// Live Oak, FL

January 6 /// Jam Cruise 14 /// Miami, FL