Electronic artist Flying Lotus, singer-songwriter FKA twigs, Anglo-Indian jazz drummer Sarathy Korwar and synth-pop guru Vince Clarke were among the big winners when the indie community gathered on Wednesday night ( August 12) for the 10th annual AIM Independent Music Awards, held virtual for the first time.
Flying Lotus won best indie track (for “More” starring Anderson. Paak) and Korwar’s Come more best indie album.
“It feels like a real blessing to be able to get awards and recognition in this moment, when they make us feel our work is unnecessary and what we do is just, whatever. what ”, Flying Lotus (real name Steven Ellison). “So thank you for reminding that what we do is important.”;
Also during the night, FKA branches pack the best [difficult] Her second album was praised by critics Magdalene, reached number 21 on the Official UK Album Chart last November, and Moses Boyd won the UK’s independent breakout title.
One of the moments that stole the show was when Erasure reunited on stage for the release of his new single “Nerves of Steel”, a fitting moment when musician and keyboardist Vince Clarke received an award of recognition. in particular, a new category. Clarke is prized for his work in Erasure Mode, Yazoo and Hall of Famers Depeche and “his special contribution to the synth-pop realm,” said the organizers.
In the industry awards categories, Helen Smith, executive chairman of the lobbying organization of independent music companies IMPALA, was named the “Indie Champion”, and the great drummer Tony Allen is honored for its outstanding contributions to the music award.
Allen’s career was marked by a performance starring Blur and Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, and a separate performance led by Femi Koleoso of Ezra Collective.
A pioneering drummer, Allen died April 30 in Paris at the age of 79, leaving a considerable legacy.
The Nigerian artist is best known for his work with Fela Kuti and later, with Albarn’s project The Good, The Bad & The Queen, French electronics duo Air and others.
At the time of his death, Brian Eno hailed Allen as “perhaps the greatest drummer ever to live”, while the Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers declared him “one of the greatest drummers.” step by step on this earth. “
As part of the celebration of Allen’s life and work, Koleoso held a special concert bringing together famous UK jazz artists such as Nubya Garcia, Mutale Chashi, Tobi Adenaike, Elias Atkinson. , Richie Seivwright, Deschanel Gordon and Junior Alli.
Established in the UK in 2011, the AIM Independent Music Awards honor the brightest, best and innovators of independent music.
AIM Independent Music Award winners and nominees:
Independent breakthrough of the UK when affiliated with YouTube Music
Moses Boyd (Winner)
Best innovative packaging in association with Signature Brew
Digga D – Double Tap Diaries (Winner)
Hania Rani – Sheet music ‘Esja’
Locomotive – 1979
Sophie – Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides Remix Album
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter LP (Immersed version)
Special recognition awards related to Fuga – Vince Clarke (Winner)
The indie champion affiliated with MCPS – Helen Smith (Winner)
Small best labels related to primary production
Speedy Wunderground (Winner)
The best standalone mix related to Designscene
Lafawndah – Tourist X Nídia Rework (Winner)
King Of The Rollers – You Got Me (SPY Remix)
Makaya Mccraven – Gil Scott-Heron – We’re new again
Apparat – Outlier (Solomun Remix)
Marie Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)
A person to watch in conjunction with Bbc Introduction
Arlo Parks (Winner)
Best standalone video in association with Vevo
Black Pumas – Color
Bombay Bicycle Club – Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing but you)
Flying Lotus – Black Balloons Reprise (Ft. Denzel Curry)
Greentea Peng – Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)
The Howl & The Hum – The only male racer remaining on the island (Winner)
Zebra Katz – Moor
Creator Association Award with Amazon Music – AJ Tracey (Winner)
Good [Difficult] The second album with matching music
Floating Point – Crush
Fka twigs – Magdalene (Winner)
Joe Armon Jones – Switch to clear view
Life – Good Health Image
Moses Sumney – Græ
International breakthroughs linked with Deezer
Pioneer Award in Association with Evoke Studios – Little Simz (Winner)
PPL Award for Most Newly Played Independent Artist
Freya Ridings (Winner)
Best standalone album in association with Spotify
Brooke Bentham – Nothing every day
Everything is recorded – Friday Forever
Kidjo Ojua – Mixtape
Kim Gordon – No Home Record
Laura Marling – Songs for our daughters
Moses Boyd – Dark matter
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
The ninth wave – Infancy stage
Phoenix Da Icefire & Husky Brown – Panacea
Sarathy Korwar – Come More (Winner)
Best direct action in combination with innovative technology
Five Finger Death Punch (Winner)
Red Rum Club
Best independent tracking in linking to Facebook
AJ Tracey – Dinner Guest (Ft. Mostack)
Digga D – No dieting
Flying Lotus – More (Ft. Anderson .Paak) (Winner)
King Krule – Alone, Omen 3
Lauv – Modern loneliness
Sorry – Round Right Clock
Squid – Mud
The Sudanese Archives – Confession
Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela – We landed
Yves Tumor – The gospel for a new century
Best independent label in association with [PIAS]
Jazz Re: Refresh (Winner)
Excellent contribution to Merlin-related music – Tony Allen (Winner)