With five nods, A.B. Original are best-placed to win big. And the hip-hop pairing of rapper Briggs and producer Trials have form. Their politically-charged debut Reclaim Australia (Bad Apples Music/Golden Era Records) won the 12th annual Australian Music Prize in March, recognizing the best Australian album of 2016. At the AIR Awards, A.B. Original are up for best independent artist, best independent album or EP, best independent single (for “January 26” featuring Dan Sultan), breakthrough independent artist of the year, and best independent hip-hop album.
With a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album and victory in Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll among his spoils for 2017, Flume (aka Harley Streten) will hope to add to his trophy collection with nominations for best independent artist; best independent dance/electronica album (for Skin via Future Classic); and best independent single and best independent dance, electronica or club single (for “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai).
Having collected the prestigious J Award for his debut album Utopia Defeated (Liberation/Universal) and more recently claimed the coveted APRA Song of the Year title, D.D. Dumbo (real name Oliver Perry) earns AIR Award nominations for best independent artist, best independent album or EP, best independent single (for “Satan”) and breakthrough independent artist of the year.
The AIR Awards took a hiatus last year, but it’s set to take place for the first time in Adelaide, South Australia at the Queen’s Theatre. Nominations for best independent label will be revealed soon, organizers say. Visit Air.org.au for more.