DJ Mag’s annual gathering to recognize the best of Britain’s fantastic homegrown talent has announced the winners of its 16th edition.
Celebrated British electronic music magazine DJ Mag has announced the winners of its annual Best of British awards, recognizing and rewarding the finest homegrown talent coming out of the United Kingdom. Acting as a counterweight to the influential brand’s Top 100 DJs poll, The Best of British Awards pays homage to the UK underground, responsible for the most innovative music we hear today.
After a one-year pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, the 2021 edition of the awards were held in a virtual setting. This year’s awards, however, were slated to go down at the famous Steel Yard in London, hosted by Jamz Supernova.
The 16th edition of the awards began with dance music sensation Fred Again… being awarded Best Live Act for his exploits this year at venues across Europe, North America, and beyond. The Best Live Act award was followed by the coveted Best DJ award, which was handed to Patrick Topping, chief of the Newcastle-based forward-thinking label, TRICK.
The man behind Eliza Rose’s seminal hit ‘B.O.T.A – Baddest of Them All’ – Interplanetary Criminal – bagged the Best Producer Award while jungle revivalist Nia Archives won Breakthrough Producer after the trailblazing last 12 months she has had with her music. Moving on, the illustrious XL Recordings, led by Tim Palmer and Nick Halkes, won the Best Label award, followed by UK Garage imprint Shall Not Fade’s sub-label Time Is Now taking home the Breakthrough Label prize.
The Best Track without a shadow of doubt was awarded to Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal for charting ‘B.O.T.A – Baddest of Them All.’ London-based DJ/producer TSHA won the Best Album award for her ‘Capricorn Sun‘ LP, and Michael Bibi was awarded Best Remix for his rework on the Solid Grooves Records hit ‘La Murga.’
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NTS Radio show Soup To Nuts, hosted by the likes of Scratcha DVA, Anu, Lupini, John Gómez, Ruf Dug, Shy One and Ross Allen, was given the best Best Radio Show award. In the rap categories, Novelist was presented with the Best MC/Vocalist award, while Scottish act Bemz was given the Breakthrough Award of the Best MC/Vocalist category. Giggs and Tiny Boost won Best Rap Track for their collaborative work on ‘The Family.’
Undoubtedly, Printworks London was awarded the Best Large Club, while Hackney-based Night Tales took the Best Small Club award. Outlook Festival won, Best Festival; PXSSY PALACE and Sheffield’s No Bounds Festival won Best Club Event and Best Boutique Festival apiece. UK Garage legend Jeremy Sylvester won the Underground Hero award, an accolade that champions grassroots UK music communities.
DJ Mag brought the awards to a close by posthumously awarding Jamal Edwards MBE with the Innovation & Excellence award for his generational impact on British music through his SBTV outlet, while jungle and drum & bass stalwart DJ Flight was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award for her work on the scene across three decades.
For the full list of nominees and winners, read – HERE