It's that time of year again - the air is frosty but the Drum and Bass is blazing and the time for reckoning is upon the DnB scene. Artists, MC's and producers have slaved away all year generating tunes to appease our salivating greed for a banger and it's time that graft got glorified.
Electric Brixton in London housed this year's Drum and Bass Arena Awards. This is the 7th year running and each year, both the crowd and atmosphere swells. Tables were reigned over with representation from RAM, Hospital, Liquicity, Shogun, Spearhead and the rest of the best. Friction was perched near the front with his snapback facing the wrong way and the Spearhead table seemed merry. The vibe was hype, pumped up gun fingers stabbed the air regularly and come the end of the night, Andy C was seen cutting a path back to the RAM table with a big bottle of spirits in tow - undoubtedly appropriate celebrations were had by all.
So props where props are due to all the winners, nominee's and people who help to make the night such a wicked nod to the scene and its many accomplishments.
Without further ado...the winners of this year's Drum and Bass Arena Awards are:
BEST NEWCOMER MC
Errr...not sure he's a newcomer folks....but he is an incredibly skilled MC. Big up my boy C!
Last year: Skittles
BEST NEWCOMER DJ
Hospital Record's know a good thing when they see it and their latest sign was in the house to receive the kudos.
Last year: Emperor
BEST NEWCOMER PRODUCER
If you’ll note last year’s winner and his rise to glory this year, I think you’ll agree that Cartoon have shimmied themselves into a good spot. One member was wearing particularly interesting sweat pant attire - rate.
Last year: Maduk
BEST LIVE ACT
High five to their booking agent for securing them this award against all odds - Noisia have self-admittedly never actually performed live.
Last year: Camo & Krooked
Noisia & The Upbeats – Dead Limit
The mainstream has been left in the dust this year to pave the way for the floor damaging, gut-wrenching trio that is Noisia.
Last year: Sigma – Nobody To Love
Boasting big support from the Spearhead crew, Riya took out her second year as best vocalist and performed at halftime to boot.
Last year: Riya
BEST REMIX [new category]
The Prodigy – Nasty (Spor Remix)
Spor accepted the award with a pre-recorded video from a studio somewhere - appeared to be in very, very good spirits.
Let It Roll
Bigging up the Czech Republic massive - Let It Roll should be on any drum and bass fan's wish list.
Last year: Let It Roll
BEST CLUB NIGHT
Hospitality has taken best club night 4 years running, dubbing them officially, king of the castle.
Last year: Hospitality
Netsky ft. Digital Farm Animals – Rio
Last year: Dub Phizix & Strategy – Buffalo Charge
Mefjus - Emulation
Mefjus continues to surprise me by being incredibly clean cut and innocent looking - despite his music dispensing coronaries on the reg.
Last year: State Of Mind – Eat The Rich
Cheeky chappy may have had his co-host position pimped by Jenna G on the night but he dropped bars on Riya’s set and then stole away with Best MC again....
Last year: Dynamite MC
Every year since the dawn of time...
Last year: Guess.
Last year: Noisia
2nd year running - large Hospitality representation in house. Think it’s fair to say the label is dominating proceedings.
Last year: Hospitality
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Diane Charlemagne & Mampi Swift
Last year: Fabio
Congrats to all the winners and nominee's - you all stormed 2015!