Record: A.B. Original – Reclaim Australia
Featuring the likes of incredible guests Archie Roach, Dan Sultan, Hau, Thelma Plum and the late Gurrumul; Briggs and Trials released their 2016 breakout record via Hilltop Hoods label, Golden Era records in November.
It’s a team favourite at Foundry Records, and whether you’re a hip hop head or not, the record hits home with tracks like January 26 calling to arms those in support of changing the date of Australia Day, and the whole album forcing us all to take a hard look at relations of Australians of all colours. Beyond the strong and necessary message that creates the foundations of this album, there is a level of playfulness as these two veteran wordsmiths take us on a 12 track lyrical journey using truth, humour and rhythm.
It’s our album of the week thanks to its hard hitting lyrics, head bopping beats and because any lyric, beat or voice that says racism sucks deserves a helluva lot of attention, for months, and years after it’s release.