A Tribe Called Red defies easy categorization. If you chucked Major Lazer into a blender with Deadmau5 and garnished it with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s back catalogue, you might have a rough, grossly oversimplified idea of their sound. It’s hard-driving electro with references to hip hop and reggae, but primarily it’s got heavy flavours of First Nations traditional music. Somehow it’s the music of the future and the entire history of Canada, all in one. You might have to hear it to understand, but trust me, it frigging rules. Their self-titled debut and 2013’s Nation II Nation were both contenders for the Polaris Music Prize. A Tribe Called Red plays at
Club One Dusk Lounge on July 18th. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook page.