As if you didn’t know already, the self-titled debut disc from A Tribe Called Red (Ian Campeau, a.k.a. DJ NDN; Dan General, a.k.a. DJ Shub; Bear Witness) dropped last week to a tidal wave-sized reception of popular support and critical acclaim. For good reason – this one-of-a-kind effort includes 11 tracks of high-potency dance floor-focused beats and invents a brand-new style of music – "powwow step," for its liberal use of samples pulled from a variety of powwow recordings, all of which focus on Northern American styles. However, this LP is also a killer brew of other beats, styles and influences, namely Afrobeat on Look at This; reggae and ragga jungle samples and rhythms rinse out liberally on Powwowzers, Red Skin Girl, Munchi Shottas and Moombahwow; while Good to Go and Intertribal N1 strip things down to Caribbean vibes, classic house samples and hyper-hardcore speed sample tweaking.
A Tribe Called Red