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Gilles’ Post Awards Round-Up

January 23, 2013

A few days later and the office is still buzzing. We all had our personal favorites…I think mine was the moment the curtain raised following the annual obituaries list to the sound of rescue me by Fontella Bass – Natalie Duncan behind her keyboard-singing Terry Callier’s What Colour Is Love.  A poignant moment. It also proved how receptive the audience was – where else would you get 1600 people on a Saturday night showing that kind of respect considering 20 minutes previously they were all jumping to Mala’s bass!

One of the things that worked was that there wasn’t a ‘headline act’ as such and as a result you didn’t get those who were just waiting for that artist. The audience seemed open to everything equally – we had two other magical acoustic moments via Nick Mulvey and Nai Palm – not an easy task but both were comfortable and free. The night had opened and closed live wise with jazz in its differing forms. The more cinematic modal mood of Greg foat and Tom Skinner’s abstractions to end…

Marcos Valle was only meant to come over to receive his award but on hearing about the evening he immediately arranged for his drummer to be brought over from Brazil and created a UK team to bring forth a sample of his sound from Os Grillos to Online… the crowd went wild!

I loved the way Rocketnumbernine went from gently nudging to full on drive with Neneh Cherry.. Dream Baby Dream was a tidy way to end being the highlight song from her album with The Thing, which won the John Peel prize.

I was once again blown away by the Invisible – how tight and free is that sound – they must play in Sète this year! All the DJs delivered and a special thanks to Machinedrum for braving the airports and snow for his unannounced set – blazzzin!

Mr. Raoul K is another who got caught on Sunday without a flight back to Germany – his Afrocentric house set kept the house full till close at 4am.

Big up to Stubborn Heart for staying sober till their late moment under the spotlight and maximum love to the Brownswood crew who kept the night bubbling without any sign of stress. Check out some great pictures of the night and see all of the Winners here.

DJ Lefto and Alex Patchwork were my saviours filling the gaps and rewinding when necessary during the top 10 tracks of the year…I almost stage dived but suddenly panicked when I saw the crowd disperse!

Maybe next year….