FREE DOWNLOAD: Two amazing Gil Scott-Heron tributes you need in your life!

So you know those amazingly talented teenagers I was raving on about that performed at Gilles Peterson’s wordwide awards? Well their tracks have now been offered as free downloads, so make sure you get them because they are amazing!

The fabulous J’Danna:

J’DANNA – Winter in America (Gil Scott-Heron Tribute) by 2morrows Victory Records

The talented Joey:
JOEY – Revolution (Gil Scott-Heron Tribute) by 2morrows Victory Records

Please check out the whole article about them on the Brownswood website, they deserve all the praise they can get! So spread the tunes, spread the word and share the love!

Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2012

The only word that really captures the 2012 edition of Gilles Peterson’s worldwide awards is WOW!

Gilles Peterson at the Worldwide Awards 2012

It was the first year I wasn’t working during the awards so I wasn’t sure what to expect…

The line-up looked very varied – from electronic music to jazz to folky soul to you name it. Despite knowing how brilliant all the individual acts/DJs are, the line-up looked like it had the potential of being a massive hit or a massive miss, all depending on how the entire show was executed, but also on how the crowd would be handle the mixture of upbeat, quirky, soulful, spaced out and so on music.

Wordwide Awards 2012 Line-up

However, despite my worries it has to be said that Gilles and the Brownswood / worldwide crew really pulled it off this year! They really went above and beyond, with extra gold stars sprinkled on top!

Before I go any further I have to give massive props to the amazing Peggy who I know works so hard on these events, and Saturday night was proof of her excellence, but also of how much she’s grown and developed and become super-duper good at her job! I can without a shadow of a doubt say that it was the best worldwide awards show I have been to so far!

So massive props to this insanely talented and driven lady, as well as the rest of the crew who made the night happen – Ems, Simon, Alex, Fawaz and the rest of the Brownswood crew plus all other people who I probably don’t know but who made the night a reality.

As for the music and the performances… I think I cried 3 times during the evening because it was so overwhelming. I don’t even know where to begin since all of it was so good, but I guess some of the many many many highlights were:

The absolutely amazing and mind-blowing Pyramids
Michael Kiwanuka and band - they stole my heart <3
The incredibly cool Thundercat who did an awesome performance
The very talented Matthew Halsall who won Best Jazz LP

Another memorable moment was the Gil Scott Heron tribute with the two young and amazingly talented artists, Joey and J’Danna, from south London. They took my breath away – it was an incredible feeling seeing two stars being born on stage like that.

Hmmmm… what else? I guess my favourite DJs of the night were Hudmo, Kutmah and Lefto. Not because the others were bad, but probably because I am biased, because I was too drunk when the others were on to appreciate them, and also because I look up to these three gentlemen – especially Lefto who is like a slightly cooler version of superman (trust!). He even made this video below… Does he ever rest!?

Apart from the music side of things it was fantastic to meet so many new people, as well as seeing a lot of old friends who I haven’t seen for ages – Emanative, Thristian, KATE (!!), Dayo, Alex P, the Wah Wah 45s crew and so so many more.

I know a lot of people diss Gilles from time to time – haters gonna hate and all that, but honestly speaking – I don’t think a lot of people would have been able to pull off what he and the crew did on Saturday.

It really was a magical night (and no I am not just saying that because I used to work for him, if the night was shit I probably wouldn’t bother sharing it with you). I have so much respect for that man, the fact that he is still going from strength to strength, that he is taking chances when so many people in music like to play it safe, that he has big visions and he tries to make them happen with the help of great people and so on – it is very inspirational and if I can ever achieve a tiny bit of what he has in my own career I will be very happy.

So much love and respect to you Gilles! You keep pushing those boundaries and even if I don’t personally like all the music you play, I still very much appreciate what you do for people like me who represent and love independent and niche music.

Hide me under a rock

Wow, what a weird week! I am emotionally, mentally and physically drained! Thankfully tomorrow is a rest day!

Not that I will have time to rest… I got a massive university assignment (a business plan for a new music enterprise) that I have to hand in on Monday at 3pm and I still have to finish it! 6500 words in total and it will be 70% of my grade for this semesters module. But I am trying not to think about it in those ‘harsh’ terms and just get the work done in time.

I feel like Ive gone slightly mad these past 8 days (and I mean more than usual!). It has been a constant struggle with my mind playing tricks on me and Ive been bouncing between being so incredibly happy to just crying my eyes out.

Work is crazy busy at the moment, and university too. Plus a million other things on my mind and I haven’t been able to sleep properly either *sigh*

This probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. Sorry!

I’m too emotional, I blame the running and no fags policy. I mean, damn, all I have to do is just LOOK AT the name @rundemcrew in my twitter feed and my eyes fill up with tears.

There are so many inspiring people I want to talk about and introduce you to here on the blog!

Some of them I don’t even know that well but they have already made my life better, and once I am done with all the uni stuff I will sit down and tell you all about how amazing these people are *refuses to start crying*.

But for now, I am going to get some well needed sleep, then do the last push on this MA assignment.

Sweet dreams!