Soulside Funk Awards 2011

So we’ve had the Oscars, BAFTAs, Grammys, BRITs… even the Olivier Awards.  Now time for my (extremely tardy) awards (don’t blame me, blame THE MAN!).  A nod to some of the special music and achievements in 2010.

So without further a do… the results in the ONLY awards that count, The Funkies!

Most Played Award

Album: Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club (1oo+ plays)

Artist: Marvin Gaye (700+ plays)

Album of the Year

Winner: Wiley, The Zip Files

Following Wiley on twitter for his lively banter with basically the entire UK urban scene is alone is worthwhile.  However, few could have predicted the event s of this summer.  Discontent with his current management, in a fit of rage (or part of an immaculate scheme) he released the “Zip Files”.

Over 200 tracks.  Years of work.  An ode to the scene he was instrumental in creating.  It was and is a phenomenal release.  Everyone, including Wiley, needs to raise their game after this – he set a new benchmark in the genre.  All I gotta say is; if this is what Wiley gives us for free, I cannot wait until he release some music we have to pay for!

Calling out best track is nigh on impossible.  If you missed it, you can still grab most of them (or one of the many “best of…” collections) on the Grime Daily forums.

Skinny Jeans Award for Indie Music

Winner: Two Door Cinema Club

One indie band absolutely bossed 2010, and that was Two Door Cinema Club.  An absolutely stonking album accompanied by electric live performances made them, in my opinion, TDCC were head and shoulders above everyone else in 2010.

Gig of the Year

Winner: Krystle Warren @ The Purcell Rooms (Royal Festival Hall)

This one was a curve ball.  I really was caught blindsided by this one.  As I took my seat at towards  the back of the back of the Purcell Rooms in the Royal Festival Hall for Krystle’s performance I didn’t know what was to come.  A performance was a subtle beauty and excitement all blended together with the glue of her charismatic personality.  Add in to the mix a run of special guests to close off the show and you have a special evening; never knew one woman and a guitar could be so spellbinding.

Artist of the Year

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Twenty-Ten was Ed’s year.  He was probably the single working unsigned artist in the country.  He released three outstanding EPs, each very individual.  He gigged practically every week, becoming an even more accomplished performer (if that was even possible).  He pimped himself out, working with a diverse range of artists from Leddra Chapman, to Wiley, Sway and JME.  Toured with Example… and even stayed at Jamie Foxxx’s place in Los Angeles.

His phenomenal year was rewarded by briefly topping the iTunes download chart and signing a well deserved record contract during the first few weeks of January.

Much Karma Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Roots

The Roots have been making hip hop for 18 years and still continue to amaze and innovate.  In 2010 they released two albums, the Grammy nominated How I Got Over, and the critically acclaimed collaboration with John Legend, Wake Up!.

They continue to break ground in everything they do, remaining industry pioneers even after so long.  Reinventing the sound of hip-hop.  In Black Thought they have one the Top 10 MCs of all time, and in Questo a rare musical genius.  Never seeming to have chased the dollar, the sound has been authentic and true.

All that is left to say is… Thank You for bringing me so much musical joy for so many years of my life.  You guys really have provided the soundtrack.


So there it is, my awards… same again next year (just without the delay!)


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