Anthony Albanese, former deputy Prime Minister, and current Federal member for Grayndler, has proved to us over the years that politicians can still be cool. From guest hosting an episode of rage, to previously saving Sticky Fingers from breaking up, Albanese has been one of the most prominent politicians in the world of music lately. But now, while serving as an ambassador for Record Store Day this year, Albanese has proven once again how hip he is.

You might remember a few weeks back, in preparation for his current stint as a Record Store Day ambassador, Anthony ‘DJ Albo’ Albanese put together a playlist of some of his favourite tunes. Unlike the tracks on current rotation in most political households, Albanese delivered a playlist that proves he’s definitely the one pollie you’d want to go a gig with. With tracks from acts like Joy Division, Blur, Smudge, The Dandy Warhols, and Sum 41, Albo cast a wide net, delivering one of the best playlists going around.

A couple of days ago though, future Aussie music legends Polish Club sent Albanese a lovely little care package which included their debut record Alright Already. Accompanying the record was a note which read “You call yourself an Ambassador for records do ya? Haven’t heard you talk about the greatest rock album of 2017 yet. Turn it up mate! Love, Polish Club.” Albanese took the note in his trademark good humour, and said he would reward the band’s initiative with a plug during his appearance on Network Ten’s Studio 10 on Friday.

True to his word, during his appearance on Studio 10, Albanese appeared behind the decks with his copy of the record, whilst spinning the Sydney duo’s track ‘Beat Up’. He gave the group a plug on air, prompted everyone to visit their local record store, before addressing guest panelist, pop star Johnny Ruffo, telling him that he should speak to his management about releasing his records on vinyl, after all, “If its not on vinyl, it doesn’t exist!” Check out DJ Albo’s appearance on the program below.

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