Club night of the week: Worldwide Awards, Koko, London NW1
Friday 18 January 2013
As we're in the midst of film awards season, it's apt to describe Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards as the music equivalent of Sundance, in that the eight-year-old event celebrates and showcases the thoughtful, quirky and innovative in polyglot, independent music.
This year's highlights in a teeming line-up include the intriguing Rocketnumbernine (signed to Four Tet's Text label), whose fierce, brooding analogue sound occasionally wanders into muted house euphoria; Mercury-nominated The Invisible's electronic and Afro-tinged arty rock; and Mala's stunning project Mala in Cuba, deftly and respectfully fusing Cuban rhythms and musicians with molten bass and time and space.
With many of the acts performing live, the Worldwide Awards bring Peterson's excellent Saturday afternoon BBC 6 Music show to life – indeed, it's one of the few moments in the musical calendar when the leftfield takes centre stage and basks in the spotlight.
(0870 432 5527; koko.uk.com) tonight
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