BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson presented his annual Worldwide Awards Saturday night, given to the best music of the year that has appeared on his long-running radio show, Worldwide. Focusing on jazz and electronic music, the awards took place at a nightclub in London, and featured performances by artists including Flying Lotus, Mount Kimbie, and James Blake.
Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, took home the Album Of The Year award for his acclaimed electronic jazz record Cosmogramma. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, who also appeared on the album, presented Ellison with the award. Ellison followed up with a live set, paying tribute to recently deceased Broadcast member Trish Keenan. The Los Angeles musician also won the Maida Vale Studios Session Of The Year award.
James Blake, who is looking to have an interesting year ahead of him, won the Single Of The Year for his dubby “CMYK,” beating artists such as Cee-Lo Green and Jay Electronica. He performed with his live band, playing the massively tense “Wilhelms Scream” from his upcoming debut LP.
Experimental jazz musician Georgia Anne Muldrow, playing under her alter ego Jyoti, won Jazz Album Of The Year. She beat out artists including Grammy-nominated Esperanza Spalding for her album Ocotea.
Jerry Dammers received the John Peel “Play More Jazz” Award, given in honor of the late BBC DJ who was renown for playing every type of music on his show. Dammers is the former frontman of the ska group the Specials, and he played a set Saturday night with his new band, a massive jazz fusion orchestra titled The Spatial AKA Orchestra, evoking Sun Ra’s Arkestra.
Hotflush Recordings, a UK-based dubstep label that released Joy Orbison’s acclaimed 2009 single “Hyph Mngo,” and releases work by British dubstep artists Scuba and Mount Kimbie.
It was a breakout night for Peterson, who continues to mine the increasingly popular vein of music where electronics, jazz, and dubstep intersect.
Worldwide Award Winners 2011:
Album Of The Year: Cosmogramma (Warp), Flying Lotus
Single Of The Year: “CMYK” (R&S), James Blake
Jazz Album Of The Year: Ocotea (SomeOthaShip), Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow)
Label Of The Year: Hotflush Recordings
Session Of The Year: Flying Lotus
John Peel “Play More Jazz” Award: Jerry Dammers