Best of 2016: Central

From our Best of 2016 issue, the best albums from Quebec and Ontario. Read reviews of all these albums in the Central section.

Editor’s Pick: A Tribe Called Red – We Are the Halluci Nation

Indigenous DJ trio A Tribe Called Red returned with an immense 15-track masterpiece on We Are the Halluci Nation, taking traditional rhythms and beats of pow wow and transforming them into the powerful backbone of electronic- and dubstep-inspired anthems. This album is global; the Halluci Nation extends beyond political borders. It delves head-on into the ongoing impact of colonialism with poignant interludes by author Joseph Boyden. With appearances by acclaimed throat singer Tanya Tagaq, as well as Yassin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), Lido Pimienta, and more, ATCR has created the most crucial album of the year, one that all Canadians need to hear. – Matías Muñoz

Best of the rest of Central

Jazz Cartier – Hotel Paranoia
Creep Wave – Winter Sucks
Diana – Familiar Touch
Drake – Views
Hooded Fang – Venus on Edge
Kaytranada – 99.9%
Majid Jordan – Majid Jordan
She-Devils – She Devils
Un Blonde – Good Will Come To You

Read all the reviews here.

Press photo of A Tribe Called Red by Matt Barnes