There are certain things that you can expect when any new Galactic project arrives—a strong spirit of collaboration, excellent musicianship and production, and, of course, a heady dose of funk. The New Orleans band—an institution at this point—delivers on all of those fronts with their latest EP, Tchompitoulas. Clocking in at around 20 minutes, the six songs here showcase the Galactic ethos right away, kicking off with the instrumental “Big Whiskers,” a three-and-half-minute guitar-and-organ explosion that immediately digs into the outfit’s Meters side. From there, they continue fine-tuning the hip-hop and soul blend they have explored for years. “Making Cents” is a Jurassic 5-esque jam that finds the band teaming up with Florida indie-rapper Eric Biddines, who drops quick rhymes over some mid-tempo beats and saxophone lines. “Float Up” veers more into pop territory, with newish Galactic vocalist Anjelika “Jelly Joseph” offering a positive anthem about getting ahead while creating a dichotomy in her lyrics: You’re either with or against her. “Ny to Nola” is the most experimental track on the album, a fitting finale driven by drummer Stanton Moore that features New Orleans musician Glen David Andrews. But the standout collaboration is “Ready for Me,” which finds Joseph and Cuban rapper Cimafunk trading verses while the band lays down an uptempo groove. Although this is a short-and-sweet offering, if you have the funk and soul itch, then this certainly will scratch it.