Electronic artist Flying Lotus, singer and songwriter of FKA, Anglo-Indian jazz drummer Sarati Corwar and son-pop master Vince Clark were among the big winners after the Indian community gathered on Wednesday night (August 12th) for the 10-year-old AIM Independent Music Awards, held practically for the first time.
Flying Lotus recorded the best independent song (for “More” with Anderson .Paak) and Korwar’s More arriving brought out the best independent album.
“We feel like a real blessing to be able to receive a reward and be recognized in these times when they make us feel like our work is not essential and what we do is just anything,”
Also at night, FKA twigs are best packaged [difficult] second album for her critically acclaimed Magdalena, which peaked at number 21 on the UK’s Official Album Rankings last November, and Mois Boyd noted Britain’s excellent breakthrough awards.
One of the moments of the show’s theft came when Erasure reunited on stage for the premiere of his new single “Nerves of Steel,” a fitting moment as songwriter and pianist Vince Clark garnered a special recognition award, a new category. Clark was welcomed for his work at Erasure, Yazoo and the Hall of Famers Depeche Mode and “his outstanding contribution to synthesizers,” organizers said.
In the industry awards category, Helen Smith, executive chair of the independent music companies’ IMPALA lobbying organization, was named Indy Champion, and the late great drummer Tony Allen was posthumously honored for his outstanding contribution to the music award.
Allen’s career was marked by a performance starring Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Alburn and a special tribute curated by Femi Koleoso of Ezra Collective.
A pioneer drummer of afrobuti, Alan died on April 30 in Paris at the age of 79, leaving behind a significant legacy.
The Nigerian artist was well known for his work with Fela Kuti, and later for Albern’s The Good, the Bad and the Queen project, the French electronic duo Air, and others.
As he passed, Brian Hainaut praised Allen as “perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived,” while the Red Chili Pepper Flea named him “one of the greatest drummers to ever tour the earth.”
As part of the celebration of Alan’s life and work, Coleozo chose a special locket that brought together Nizia Garcia, Mutale Chashi, Toby Adenaike, Elias Atkinson, Richie Severight, Deschanel Gordon and Junior Ali.
Founded in the UK in 2011, the AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates the brightest, best and innovators of the independent music scene.
Winners and nominations for AIM Independent Music Awards:
UK independent breakthrough in association with YouTube Music
Moses Boyd (winner)
The best creative packaging in association with signature cooking
Digga D – Double Touch Logs (winner)
Chania Rani – Book for sheet music “Esya”
Motorhead – 1979
Sophie – Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides Non-Stop Remix Album
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter LP (cut edition)
Special Recognition Award in association with Fugue – Vince Clark (winner)
Indie champion in association with MCPS – Helen Smith (winner)
Best small label in association with a key production
Speedy Wunderground (winner)
Best independent remix in association with designs
Lafawndah – Tourist X Nídia Rework (Winner)
King Of The Rollers – You Got Me (SPY Remix)
Macaia Macraven – Gil Scott-Heron – we are new again
Apparatus – Outlier (Solomun Remix)
Marie Davidson – doing it (Soulwax Remix)
One to watch along with Bbc Music Presentation
Arlo Parks (Winner)
The best independent video in association with Vevo
Black cougars – colors
Bombay Cycling Club – Eat, sleep, wake up (nothing but you)
Flying Lotus – Repeat with Black Balloons (Ft. Denzel Curry)
Greentea Peng – Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)
The Howl & Hum – The only boy racer left on the island (winner)
Zebra Katz – Moor
Innovator Award in association with Amazon Music – AJ Tracey (Winner)
the best [Difficult] Second album combined with the right music
Floating points – crushing
Fka Branches – Magdalena (Winner)
Joe Armon Jones – Turn to Clear View
Life – a picture of good health
Moses the Sad – Græ
International breakthrough in association with Deezer
Pioneer Award in association with Evoke Studios – Little Simz (Winner)
PPL Award for Best Played New Independent Artist
Freya’s Ride (winner)
The best independent album in association with Spotify
Brooke Bentham – Nothing every day
Everything is recorded – Friday forever
Kidjo Ojua – The Mixtape
Kim Gordon – No home recording
Laura Marling – A song about our daughter
Moses Boyd – dark matter
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
The ninth wave – childhood
Phoenix Da Icefire & Husky Brown – Panacea
Sarati Corwar – more arrivals (winner)
Best live act in association with creative technologies
Five fingers of death (winner)
Red Rum Club
Best independent track in association with Facebook
AJ Tracey – Dinner Guest (Ft. Mostack)
Digga D – no diet
Flying lotus – more (Ft. Anderson .Paak) (Winner)
King Krule – alone, Omen 3
Lauv – modern solitude
Unfortunately – the right circle of the clock
Squid – sediment
Archives of Sudan – Confession
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela – We landed
Yves Tumor – Gospel for a new century
Best independent label in association with [PIAS]
A good soldier
Jazz Re: Updated (Winner)
Outstanding contribution to music in collaboration with Merlin – Tony Allen (winner)