Gilles Peterson has always been interested in what's new, in caressing the cutting edge.
With a broadcasting career stretching beyond two decades, it's clearly a skill he's mastered. Hosting the Worldwide awards, Gilles Peterson aims to showcase the best in breaking talent - alongside a few big names, of course.
Returning to London on January 18th, the ceremony takes place in Camden's historic KOKO venue. Hip hop guru Jonwayne will take part, while performances can also be expected from Toddla T, Odd Future offshoot The Internet, Jimi Tenor and more.
As always, the Worldwide awards will bring in a few surprises. Swindle will collaborate with Terri Walker, matching his grime/jazz to her soulful tones for what will no doubt be a very special performance - full ticket details here.
Ahead of this, Clash asked Gilles Peterson to list a few tips for the year ahead. Check out the results below:
Just got hold of his 'Solitude' mixtape from a new R&B artist out of London. It's funny how I always get a couple of things that slip in before the end of the year that always blow my mind. I think that we'll be hearing a lot more from this guy with a really fresh twist on the U.S. R&B sound, with a unique London twist.
I signed these guys to my label Brownswood Recordings earlier this year. Its been exciting - from putting out their first single, to completing their album. They promise so much more than the standard UK bassline. In Victoria Port we have a really strong lyricist and the production is tight. I feel that the album is great representation of what's possible in UK dance music.
This is the new project from one of my great inspirations - Toshio Matsuura. Formerly of the band United Future Organisation, he has released a special collective based out of Tokyo to celebrate what will be Blue Note's 75th anniversary. I did a show with Hex in Tokyo back in September and will be bring them to Europe in 2014 - watch out for something inbetween Dawn of Midi, The Innerzone Orchestra and Steve Reich.
There have been so many great girls to come out of the UK scene, from Jessie Ware and Andreya Triana to Laura Mvula and here is another 'one to watch'. With her all girl band, she's been working with Dave Okumu and Kwes, and is putting out her debut single on 37 Adventures.
I don't know much about this guy, but everything with his name on that's turned up recently had ticked all the right boxes! His remix of 'Shoulda Known' by Louis Futon incorporates the best of trap, hip hop and minor jazz chords.
Every time I see these two bothers from Berlin, they keep jumping on me! Probably because I keep playing their records! Have just gone from strength to strength with their remixes' and productions. I urge you to check out their recent remixes of Shuya Oknio and Troumaca's 'The Grace' to confirm their talent!
Gilles Peterson's Worldwide awards come to London's KOKO venue on January 18th - ticket link.
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