This weekend we celebrated the 2011 Worldwide Awards in London. Koko was the name, a great, old looking venue, a magical place. This video resumes the night (in a way), going from early afternoon with soundchecks and preparations… Enjoy the video.

I arrived quite early (1pm) to catch some soundchecks by James Blake, Brandt Brauer Frick from Germany, Rocketnumbernine w/ Four Tet and say hi to Fly Lo.

At 7pm, Koko opened its doors for what would become a magical night. Ahu, played some nice tunes in the beginning, she always has a good record selection. Then came Brandt Brauer Frick, trio from Germany, some are from Berlin, one from Cologne. These guys are very good, minimal and jazzy at the same time, they rocked the place for sure. I did my part of the job after them, and had to do Alex Patchwork’s part too as he was behind the computer taking care of the visuals, good work homie.

United Vibrations was next, accompanied by Rashaan Ahmad and Homeboy Sandman. Both emcees are lyrical experts and the band was tight, it was sometimes rock, sometimes funk.

Next up was Ramadanman aka Pearson Sound on the turntables, the “hidden track” feature was on in Serato, that means he’s playing exclusive goodies for the crowd, well done, I heard some bangers!

Time for the Awards presentation, Flying Lotus won 2 awards, Hotflush won “best label”, Georgia Anne Muldrow won “best jazz” album, Jerry Dammers won the “lifetime achievement” award and James Blake won the “best song” award with “C.M.Y.K.”.

Then came Jerry Dammers (surprise act) with a great performance, I thought Sun Ra was on stage for a minute. The way they were dressed was incredible.

After another set by Pearson Sound, James Blake got introduced. Great songs, a bit intimate, sad, but interesting.

Another great dj set that night was Scuba. People started to dance instantly. Great set, tune after tune, bass in your face.

Then came another surprise guest in the name of Flying Lotus. No announcement, screen went up and there he was. The typical Brainfeeder siren went off and so did the venue, this was THE highlight of the night, it was magic, impressive and fun to see him touch the buttons with a smile.

Playing some indian style bangers, Nihal on the turntables. He was one of the only deejays playing a bit of hiphop that night and it worked fine.

One of the last acts of the night, one of the most expected sets that night…. Mount Kimbie! The guys are serious with their music, it all sounded like a great movie soundtrack, very intense, soundscapes, these guys are classy.

Tiombe Lockhart was one of the first acts to do soundcheck in the morning with her band Cubic Zirconia, and was the last act of the night. She was tired but still had some energy left to rock the crowd, right before Michel Cleis’ dj set. Michel did great on the 1’s and 2’s, very linear set but going exotic and deep at times.

To me, this has been the best Worldwide Awards so far, perfect venue for this event, good vibes, nice live acts, all deejays on point, stage production tight, Gilles Peterson happy, everybody happy.

Big up to the Brownswood Fam…

See you next year….

Here’s a “professional” review by Joe Muggs

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