Formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, The Halluci Nation are a duo of Tim “2oolman” Hill and Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas, First Nations artists who mix electronic sounds with traditional indigenous musical styles. They originated their sound at Electric Pow Wow club nights in Ottawa and have continued to wow me with their albums and singles over the years. On this latest release they are joined by many guest artists and venture into different styles like hip hop, dubstep, and R&B, although the electric pow wow remains at the base of it all.
Album: Welcome 2 America Artist: Prince Release Date: July 30, 2021 Label: NPG Favorite Tracks:
“Welcome 2 America”
“Stand Up And B Strong”
“When She Comes”
“One Day We Will All B Free”
Thoughts: Recorded in 2010, this is the first posthumous album of previously-unreleased songs by Prince. Backed by by bassist Tal Wilkenfeld and drummer Chris Coleman, the album contains funky tracks reminiscent of P-Funk as well as earlier Prince music. Lyrically, the songs focus on topical issues of 2010, many of which feel relevant still in 2021. The problem is that as a protest song writer, Prince has no subtly. He observes a lot of America’s problems but really has nothing to say about those problems. With that being said, it’s a solid album by a great artist and his collaborators, even if it pales besides his best work. Rating: ***