A Tribe Called Red ‎– We Are The Halluci Nation - 2016 First Nations Hip Hop EDM Electronic 2LP

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A Tribe Called Red ‎– We Are The Halluci Nation

Radicalized Records ‎– RDCL006, Pirates Blend ‎– RDCL006
2LP, Album Black Vinyl
UK, Europe & US
Electronic, Folk, World, & Country


A1 We Are The Halluci Nation
Featuring – John Trudell, Northern Voice

A2 R.E.D.
Featuring – Black Bear, Narcy, Yasiin Bey

A3 The Virus
Featuring – Black Bear, Saul Williams

A4 Before

A5 (Sila)
Featuring – Tanya Tagaq

A6 The Light
Featuring – Lido Pimienta



B7 Maima Koopi
Featuring – Chippewa Travelers, OKA

Featuring – Junior Ottawa

B9 Eanan
Featuring – Maxida Märak

B10 The Muse
Featuring – Jennifer Kreisberg



C11 Indian City
Featuring – Northern Voice

C12 How I Feel
Featuring – Leonard Summer, Northern Voice, Shad

C13 For You (The Light Part II)
Featuring – Lido Pimienta

C14 ALie Nation
Featuring – John Trudell, Lido Pimienta, Northern Voice, Tanya Tagaq

C15 Soon



D16 Stadium Pow Wow

Featuring - Black Bear

D17 Suplex

Featuring - Northern Voice



Companies, etc.

Recorded At – Halluci Nation Studios
Licensed To – Pirates Blend Records Inc.
Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.


Art Direction – A Tribe Called Red
Co-producer – Harry Knazan, Oscar Jimenez, PO Rioux, Tony Ragon
Cover – Christina Cassaro
Layout – John Wellman (2)
Mastered By – Phil Demetro
Mixed By – Dan Weston
Producer – Bear Witness (2), Ian Campeau, Timothy Hill
Recorded By – A Tribe Called Red, Harry Knazan, Oscar Jimenez, PO Rioux, Tony Ragon

Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 889853067220

( pitchfork) "

ack in 2008, A Tribe Called Red began a thoroughly popular night at a club in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. It is called Electric Pow Wow, and the group experiments with beats, singing, and samples to a frenetic audience. Combining the rhythms and traditional singing of powwow—music meant to accompany dancing—with an array of dance genres including dubstep, dancehall, drum‘n’bass, and electro, they create what has been labeled “powwow step.” Watching ATCR seamlessly jump from supercharged drums on a remix of Northern Cree’s “Red Skin Girl” to a sing-songy sample “Indians from all directions”—a clip from Jamaican dancehall artist Supercat’s “Scalp Dem”—underlines their iconoclastic politics in the name of First Nations. At the time, Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau has noticed, “We had a platform where people were going to listen to what we were going to say, and we should probably use that properly right now and just bring some sort of awareness.”

Their third album We Are the *Halluci Nation *ramps up the activism and accompanies it with some of the heaviest and most infectious sounds around. The patch on the cover of the album underlines the heart and beat of the album: “500 years and still drumming; Our DNA is the earth and sky.” Canada’s CBC radio promoted this album as “critical listening for all Canadians.” Given Canada’s history of cultural genocide, this is a given, but the statement should be expanded. This album is critical listening for everyone.

The Native producer and DJ crew are loud and direct about their politics. The words of the late Santee Dakota poet John Trudell open the record, defining their “Halluci Nation” as “the tribe that they cannot see” who “see the spiritual in the natural” vis-a-vis the oppressive ALie Nation, who “see the material religions through trauma [where] nothing is related, all the things of the earth and in the sky have energy to be exploited.” The record’s anti-colonial message is poetic and clear. This is dance music, which could also be classified as EDM, but it’s also a range of other genres. At its soul, however, this is music that demonstrates how protest takes on different forms and to connect the physically and spiritually displaced.

“We are the evolution, the continuation,” says Trudell in the title track, charting the course for an album and a philosophy that represents and respects indigeneity. Women’s voices are centered as much as men’s. Every song brings together a community of sounds and influences from various parts of the globe. The *Halluci Nation *is thus expansive and inclusive, from the *yoik *chants of Maxida Märak that sit atop the soft drums of “Eanan” to the rhythmic throat-singing of Tanya Tagaq on the infectious “Sila” to the pure pop bounce of Lido Pimienta on “For You (The Light Part II),” as well as features from Saul Williams, Shad, and Yasiin Bey.

The first single “R.E.D.” features rapper Yassin Alsalman (a.k.a. Narcy) and Yasiin Bey, whose recent border-crossing issues reflect the reality of “ALie Nation.” Narcy, an Iraqi-Canadian MC whose work has always been political, spits out the line “Coca-cola soul controller holy waters,” a five-word collage that both reveals and describes the popular impact of capitalism. The voices of the Black Bear Singers introduce the drum of the chorus, one that calls for “original nation.” It's a banging rap song that brings together the pan-African, Iraqi, and Indigenous."

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Sony Music
Color Black