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Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2011, Koko | reviews, news & interviews

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2011, Koko

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2011, Koko

BBC's genial jazz guy shows the real range of his interests

Young avant-garde crooner James Blake: Not jazz, but well in Gilles Peterson's orbit

Club music has always been hard to keep track of, and never more so than in the current climate of constant genre meltdown and cross-fertilisation. Which is why the DJ's art is more important than ever, particularly in the case of scene figureheads like the indefatigable Gilles Peterson – known for over 20 years as a patron of all things jazzy, but lately proving brilliantly adept at reaching all corners of what he refers to as “left-field dance music”. Shows like his are ideal – necessary, even – for nurturing, contextualising and showcasing new generation genre-agnostic talents like men of the moment James Blake and Flying Lotus who played at Peterson's Worldwide Awards on Saturday night.

A trio of brilliantly deadpan young Germans looked like they might have been grown in test tubes from Kraftwerk DNA

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Nice review Joe. A special night it was, truly. Who was the last live act? Cumin Secondria? Cupid Secondria? I enjoyed them a lot but can find no trace....

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