Ottawa producer Memetic weaves a sonic tale based on record stores that dot the local bus route


'Rideau 2 Richmond' Memetic

DJ and producer Memetic (real name Kwende Kefentse) is a Canadian urban theorist, a Cultural Planner for Ottawa, and a cofounder of TIMEKODE, the capital’s most popular dance-floor event.

In 2014, technology-based art collective Artengine commissioned local musicians to craft soundtracks for a handful of Ottawa bus routes.

After realizing that the majority of Ottawa’s used record stores are dotted along the number two bus route in downtown, Memetic decided to go digging for records in these eight stores and create an album based on his finds.

RIDEAU2RICHMOND (so named for the streets that start and end the route) is a Dilla-like excursion with twenty-eight stream-of-consciousness tracks that at times include bass and synth played on top of the myriad samples.

You can purchase the download, LP, and T-shirt, as well as streaming the album below.

To add visual context to Ottawa’s number two bus route and its record stores, Memetic and friend Colin White shot a short video, premiering here:




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