In reclaiming the title phrase itself – “Reclaim Australia” has threatened to become synonymous with xenophobic, racist factions of the Australian population – A.B. Original’s dual MCs Briggs and Trials wield humour and heavy bass to shred white Australia. That this album is necessary is heartbreaking for what it says about the world. Samples of politicians talking about Indigenous Australians as “savages” don’t feel like an anachronism, they feel miserably current, and Archie Roach opening the album by reflecting on the civil rights fight makes it clear: however long folks have been fighting, far too little has changed.
Reclaim Australia is out now via Golden Era/Universal