Kiwi hip hop royalty Home Brew have announced that a new album is on the horizon.
Run It Back is set to land on December 8th, marking the Auckland group’s first official release together since their number one self-titled album rocked Aotearoa music a little over 10 years ago.
In the early 2000s, band members Tom Scott, Harry ‘Haz Beats’ Huavi, and Lui Gumaka took Home Brew to prominence after garnering a huge fanbase through their candid takes, catchy rhymes, and polished melodies.
Off the back of a series of sold-out shows in Wellington and Auckland this month, the group is also set to play a series of summer shows including Rhythm & Alps, Northern Bass, and Homegrown.
Home Brew fans have already been given a hint of what’s to come on the group’s second album with the title track dropping last week. With their smooth signature sound intact, “Run It Back” digs deep into the passing of time, filled with self-reflection and accepting of past decisions.
In an update on social media, Scott shared the significance of the record’s title and the growth that the group’s gained since emerging with their debut EP in 2012.
“The name comes from some hoops shit. It’s what you might say after you get beat. It’s like a shot at redemption,” he wrote. “You coulda got smacked 11-nill, but if you call ‘run it back’ then you start the game again from 0.
“You keep the same team, same rules, but you get a do-over. And if you’re lucky you might have learned something from the last game. After that call you don’t think about what the score was in the last game. You just keep it moving. So that’s what it is now. It’s 2023. Score’s reset. No complaints. We in a new space now.”
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Scott gave a special shout out to his fellow band member, Haz Beats, who produced the album, and acknowledged the wider crew who have been a part of the journey from the start.
Run It Back will be Home Brew’s first official release since their self-titled debut album hit the top spot on the New Zealand Albums Chart in 2012. Their debut album, which featured iconic tracks like “Listen to Us”, “Benefit”, and “Yellow Snot Funk”, re-entered the charts at number one last month after it was reissued on vinyl to celebrate the album’s 11th anniversary.