Hip hop

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Stephen Fitz­patrick

Re­claim Aus­tralia AB Orig­i­nal Golden Era The an­nual lather of ex­cite­ment over whether Triple J might move its Hottest 100 count­down away from Aus­tralia Day came ear­lier than usual this year. A Septem­ber flurry of head­lines and think pieces about the pol­i­tics of in­va­sion fol­lowed a Change.org pe­ti­tion to shift the date, although within barely more than the stan­dard 24-hour mod­ern news cy­cle ABC management had re­sponded with a cur­sory “yeah, nah” (while still say­ing the mat­ter was un­der re­view). Craftily, within all that noise, was an out­stand­ing track from Abo­rig­i­nal hip-hop pair AB Orig­i­nal called Jan­uary 26. Co-writ­ten by and fea­tur­ing in­dige­nous singer-songwriter Dan Sul­tan, it pulls no punches. “I re­mem­ber all the blood and what car­ried us / They re­mem­ber 20 recipes for lam­ing­tons (yum),” MC and pro­ducer Daniel “Tri­als” Rank­ine barks out. Ev­ery track on Re­claim Aus­tralia, the first al­bum for the su­per­duo of Ngar­rind­jeri man Tri­als and Yorta Yorta per­former Adam Briggs, is a vari­a­tion on the theme of de­fi­ance. And ev­ery track is an old­school gem. Word-heavy with driv­ing basslines, it fea­tures guest spots from in­dige­nous singer­song­writer Thelma Plum, Si­etta vo­cal­ist Caiti Baker, ABC ra­dio hip-hop pre­sen­ter Hau Latukefu, Ge­of­frey Gur­ru­mul Yunupingu (on the pair’s ABC TV Clev­er­man theme, Take Me Home) and vet­eran Archie Roach, who opens af­fairs by com­par­ing the al­bum with the leg­endary land rights marches of the 1970s: “Lis­ten­ing to your al­bum, it just re­minds me so much of those old days, and brings back that time when we did pump our fists in the air,” he says over a jaunty, jan­gling gui­tar riff. “Be­cause you had to be in their face. You had to be in their face.”

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