The 40 Best Singles of 2016 (Part Two): The Top 20

January 18, 2017

Our Top 20 Singles from 2016 represent not only what was a strong and diverse year in new music, but they also presented themselves to be solid indicators of the trajectories of some of our favourite new artists. From¬†NGAIIRE‘s “House on a Rock” to¬†B Wise‘s “No Questions”, through to huge international hitters in¬†Childish Gambino‘s “Redbone” […]

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The 40 Best Australian Albums of 2016: From Outlier to Reclaim Australia

January 16, 2017

Last week we delivered our Top 40 Albums of 2016, as voted by our contributors – some huge albums from chart dominating artists entered in, as did some breakthrough records from bands on the homefront we were still getting to know. We go another level deeper and look at the Top Australian releases as part […]

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The Top 40 Albums of 2016 (Part Two): The Top 20

January 12, 2017

Top 20’s are always hard to pull together. As we saw with the first part of our Best Albums of 2016 countdown, the list was looking to be a varied one, with records from bands including¬†Descendents,¬†The Hotelier,¬†Julia Jacklin and¬†NO ZU¬†all making the cut. As we look to the Top 20 records (as voted by our […]

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The 50 Best Hip Hop and R&B Songs of 2016

January 10, 2017

For Hip Hop, 2016 was the year of cosigning anything and everything. So called ‘mumble rap’ became a thing and there was a massive push back against the term ‘real Hip Hop’, championing newcomers like Lil’ Yachty and Lil’ Uzi Vert (who, like it or not, have been attached to the music and the culture) […]

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3rd Annual AU Award Winners Revealed: A.B. Original, Remi, NGAIIRE, Colin Lillie & more come out on top

December 15, 2016

What an absolute trip 2016 has been as we’ve immersed ourselves in incredible live music scenes around the country. We‚Äôve seen some stellar artists emerge from all corners, really making the year their own. As 2016 approaches its final weeks, the Australian industry and its artists have been celebrated in all different forms; from multiple […]

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NGAIIRE, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana take multiple nominations in this year’s AU Awards!

December 9, 2016

With just a few weeks left in 2016, the Australian music industry is by no means slowing down and heading into any type of hibernation for the holidays. With our summer festival season just ramping up, the last few months seem to have been¬†all¬†about celebrating some amazing talent doing amazing things both in the studio […]

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“Imagine if we had this record growing up?” Briggs & Trials talk Reclaim Australia

November 25, 2016

Today,¬†A.B. Original‘s highly anticipated and much publicised debut album¬†Reclaim Australia was officially unleashed on to the public. Over the course of¬†12 tracks, both¬†Briggs¬†and¬†Trials have made a definite mark on Australian music and as the bigots and uneducated internet trolls have continued to beat their chests and crack their knuckles, ready to take to their keyboards, […]

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Album Review: A.B ORIGINAL – Reclaim Australia (2016 LP)

November 22, 2016

Back in September, I sat opposite Briggs and Trials in Brisbane as they told me about Reclaim Australia, the debut album by their collaborative project A.B Original, and how it stood to shake up not only the Australian music industry, but our social community as a whole. Generally, you learn to take such grandiose claims […]

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Camp Cope, Gang of Youths & Tkay Maidza rack up nominations for the 2016 National Live Music Awards!

October 10, 2016

The nominees for the¬†National Live Music Awards have been announced around the country today, with 51 categories being unveiled across the board. Winners are to be announced on November 29th at events being run nationally, with both national and state-specific categories being voted on by a judging panel of industry professionals from right around Australia. […]

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West Thebarton Brothel Party lead the SA Music Award nominations for 2016

October 7, 2016

The nominees for the 2016¬†South Australian Music Awards¬†have been unveiled this week, with¬†West Thebarton Brothel Party striking out ahead with the most nods this year. Raking in an impressive¬†six nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Group and Best Release, the SA Music Awards have definitely recognised the huge year the seven-piece band have had. Not […]

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Trials and Briggs talk the impact of A.B. Original and their debut LP, Reclaim Australia, at BIGSOUND

September 19, 2016

BIGSOUND¬†2016 opened its conference stage for one¬†of Australian hip hop’s most polarising acts to come through and, as¬†Trials simply puts, explain themselves. For the¬†Funkoars legend and¬†Briggs, their 2016 collaborative project as¬†A.B. ORIGINAL¬†has woken the hip hop music community (and the wider music industry) up with some hard-hitting and unapologetic music that highlights¬†crucial issues facing our […]

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The 2017 Laneway Festival line up is here, with Tame Impala, Glass Animals, The Julie Ruin & more confirmed

September 14, 2016

In its 13th year in 2017, the¬†St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival¬†returns with some names that have graced its stages before breaking out overseas, some names who will be making their Laneway debut and some names that come with a solid whack of international hype backing them. We already knew that¬†A.B. Original¬†and¬†Nick Murphy (FKA¬†Chet Faker)¬†would be on […]

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Editor’s Wrap: Sose delivers her thoughts on BIGSOUND 2016

September 11, 2016

Oh,¬†BIGSOUND. You’ve done it again. Returning to Brisbane for my second time at the conference/music festival in 2016, I approached the trip with a list of my own personal non-negotiable, must-see artists, some recommendations from friends and a steely determination to not burn out too hard on the first night. That steely determination lasted until […]

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Music Video of the Day: A.B Original Feat. Dan Sultan “January 26”

September 8, 2016

Like an audible fist in the face, Indigenous Australian emcees Briggs and Trials, collectively A.B Original, are back to shake you awake with a powerful song and clip directed at one of Australia’s most contentious issues. With the video revealed at a recent BIGSOUND keynote, “January 26” is a bouncy, funk-inspired track that moves away […]

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Meet The Industry #002: Ben Martin (Adelaide)

September 5, 2016

In the second instalment of our new industry profile series, we head from the west coast down south to the home of¬†Golden Era Records. Based out of Adelaide, the hip hop label has been providing a platform for not only the¬†Hilltop Hoods to cultivate and release music, but their friends as well. Helping to foster […]

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Alex Lahey, Luca Brasi, The Belligerents, Tash Sultana and more for The Plot 2016!

August 24, 2016

THE PLOT¬†is back for another year, continuing to gain speed as one of the east coast’s best festivals for both emerging talent and some of our favourites. Returning to Parramatta for its third year in 2016, THE PLOT has got a slick little line up raring to go; from indie to hip hop and raucous […]

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Dan Sultan, A.B. ORIGINAL, Emma Donovan and more nominated for National Indigenous Music Awards!

July 14, 2016

The finalists for this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards have been revealed this morning, along with the full list of performers confirmed for the ceremony’s live music program. Artist of the Year nominees at this year’s NIMAs are¬†Emma Donovan,¬†Dan Sultan¬†and¬†Gurrumul Yunupingu, while¬†up for¬†Album of the Year are¬†Gawurra¬†with¬†Ratja Yaliyali, Gurrumul with¬†The Gospel Album¬†and Dan Sultan with¬†Open […]

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The 50 Best Hip Hop and R&B Songs of 2016 (So Far)

July 12, 2016

High profile releases from the likes of Kanye, Drake, and Beyonc√©, plus show-stealers from Chance the Rapper, Skepta, Anderson .Paak and dvsn have fleshed out what has been a very strong six months for hip hop and R&B. We’ve also seen emerging talents like Gallant and Joyner Lucas, comebacks from Fat Joe and Maxwell, and […]

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From Maitland to Bunbury – A look back on our time with Groovin’ the Moo 2016

May 15, 2016

And so, the dust has settled on another Groovin‚Äô the Moo tour. The international visitors have wrapped up their brief Australian visits, the local heavy hitters have returned to plotting the rest of their plans to dominate 2016 and fans around the country no doubt have been left with some brilliant memories of yet another […]

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Festival Review: Groovin’ the Moo – Oakbank Racecourse (25.04.16)

April 28, 2016

Ah, Groovin’ the Moo. The one festival on the Australian live music calendar that offers city slickers an opportunity to ‘head regional’ (even if, in SA, this means a half hour drive up into the hills), underage music fans can thrive on copious amounts of Red Bull and whatever else for the day and¬†everyone¬†can enjoy […]

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Live Review: Hilltop Hoods – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (16.04.16)

April 18, 2016

Hilltop Hoods hit their hometown over the weekend to celebrate the release of their latest album, Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung‚ÄĒtheir follow-up to 2007‚Äôs The Hard Road: Restrung. Joined by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Adelaide Chamber Singers and other special guests, the sold-out crowd was in for a monumental night. A.B. Original […]

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Briggs & Trials announce A.B. ORIGINAL project, release videos & debut tour dates!

March 29, 2016

This has been a collaboration we’ve been waiting to be officially announced for some time now, so the fact that¬†Briggs¬†and¬†Trials¬†have¬†finally gone and dropped details of their¬†A.B. ORIGINAL¬†project…we couldn’t be more excited. The two hip hop wordsmiths and fire live performers first came up with the idea to come together and make some brilliant music after […]

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