Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Industrial, Listen, Roots, Uncategorized, World Music


No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tanya tagaq

Like nothing you have ever heard. Tanya Tagaq combines Inuit throat singing with modern experimental and industrial electronica. “Uja” is from her current album ‘Animism’.

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Punk, World Music


No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tower of dudes

The first twenty seconds of “Make Your Own Culture” may leave you thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into a Greek wedding. But no, this is the crazy world of Victoria’s Tower of Dudes. They describe themselves as a gypsy punk accordion rock band. Who am I to argue? It’s zany, lively, irreverent, funny and always entertaining.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, World Music

[Listen] Elephant Stone- Child of Nature- (Om Namah Shivaya)

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Elephant Stone integrate Buddhism in their latest track “Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)” from their upcoming album Three Poisons. There’s a sort of holy feel to the whole song, like it’s speaking to a higher power.

Music, World Music

Music Alliance Pact- July 2014

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Here’s the July edition of Music Alliance Pact featuring songs from blogs all over the world! Right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 24-track compilation through Dropbox here. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, World Music

[Listen] Elephant Stone- Knock You From Yr Mountain

No Comments 03 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Just a little over a year ago, Elephant Stone released a great self-titled album but they’re ready to return with The Three Poisons on August 26th via Hidden Pony Records. In their new song “Knock You From Yr Mountain”, they maintain their signature hindi-rock sound that balances traditional Indian sounds with digestible rock music.

Music, World Music

Ride the Tempo Joins Music Alliance Pact – June 2014

No Comments 15 June 2014

by Tiana Feng

Hey everyone, Ride the Tempo is honoured to take over the spot of Quick Before it Melts in the Music Alliance Pact and be the Canadian representative. If you are unfamiliar with the pact, it is a monthly compilation with national contributions from blogs all over the world. We’re very happy to be part of this project and spread the Canadian music love. Continue Reading

Canadian, Interviews, Music, R&B/Hiphop, World Music

Let’s Go To Field Trip With: Zaki Ibrahim

No Comments 06 June 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

South African-Canadian singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim plays Day 2 of Field Trip this weekend. If you are the kind who likes their R&B fused with jazz and soul and everything else, give her Polaris nominated debut Every Opposite a listen before the show.

For now, check out my chat with Zaki as we talked about being the new kid in high school, performing while pregnant and photobombing Rob Ford. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, World Music

[Album Review] Alejandra Ribera- La Boca

No Comments 09 February 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Label: Pheromone Recordings

Alejandra Ribera’s “I Want” topped the popularity charts here at RTT for many weeks and I was eager to get my hands on her album to review. Unlike the single, the album finds itself trilingual – in English, Spanish and French. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Melissa Laveaux- Pie Bwa

No Comments 05 December 2013

by Tiana Feng
Here’s another tune from the lovely Melissa Laveaux whose EP Memory Is A Strange Bell is out now.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, New Age, World Music

[Album Review] Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Uzu

No Comments 12 November 2013

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: October 29th, 2013
Label: Paperbag Records

After their Polaris short-listed debut YT//ST, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have returned with Uzu. If you thought their debut was a bit too weird for your tastes, Uzu may change your mind. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Watch, World Music

[Watch] Destroyer- Bye Bye

No Comments 06 November 2013

by Tiana Feng

Ok now that I’m not so distracted by Rob Ford news, here are some chickens in Destroyer‘s video for “Bye Bye”.

Album Reviews, Jazz, Music, Pop, World Music

[Album Review] Maylee Todd- Escapology

No Comments 10 April 2013

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Label: Do Right! Music

I’ve seen Maylee Todd multiple times within a year before this album’s release as Ark Analog, Maloo, Henri Faberge and the Adorables, but it is what’s known as Maylee Todd that embodies the most energy and captured in Escapology. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic, World Music

[Album Review] Elephant Stone- Elephant Stone

No Comments 12 February 2013

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Label: Hidden Pony Records

It’s been 3 years since Rishi Dhir released Polaris long-listed The Seven Seas. Within it, he integrated Indian influences with middle-eastern vocal techniques, tabla and dilruba. In his sophomore release, and the band’s self-titled release, the line-up has changed but Dhir still maintains the stuck-in 80′s brand of hindi-pop rock. Continue Reading

Blues, Concert Reviews, Music, World Music

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival: The Record Company, Rusted Root 09/14/12

No Comments 17 September 2012

by: Laura Feeney

Despite their separate venues, Rusted Root and The Record Company brought similar enthusiasm and style to their performances on Friday night at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. These shows were not originally on my to-see list, but enthusiastic reviews persuaded me to take a chance. I soon found myself being swept up in lively, dancing crowds and losing track of time.


The Record Company’s Chris Vos (guitar) and Marc Cazorla (drums) [Photo: Scott Greer]

The Record Company is a newly formed modern blues-rock band from Los Angeles. The opening number set the tone for their performance: upbeat, energetic, and soulful. Frontman Chris Vos proceeded to introduce the band’s style as good time music and encouraged the audience to have fun. Their classic blues sound was highlighted through Vos’ raw vocals, soulful lyrics, and funky slide guitar solos. Transitions between songs were filled with singing or storytelling about the band’s connection to blues music. Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Tor- Glass & Stone

No Comments 04 April 2012

by Tiana Feng

Last year we posted the well loved track by Tor titled Aperture. The dude is back and about to release a full album titled Drum Therapy. Check out Glass & Stone off the upcoming album that demonstrates his use of Celtic samples and down-tempo beats. The result is a modern type of “world” music.


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