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ARLO PARKS LEADS AIM AWARDS NOMS

Buzzing new artist Arlo Parks leads this year's U.K. AIM Independent Music Awards nominations with four nods, while Yorkshire synthpop band Working Men’s Club are shortlisted for three. The virtual ceremony will take place as a global livestream on 8/25.

Parks is in the running for Best Independent Album and Best Independent Track for her #3-charting debut, Collapsed in Sunbeams (Transgressive), and its final single, “Hope,” for which she’s also nominated for Best Independent Video. In addition, she’s up for U.K. Independent Breakthrough following a sell-out U.S. tour.

Working Men’s Club are up for Best Independent Album for their acclaimed self-titled debut (Heavenly Recordings), as well as Independent Breakthrough and Best Creative Packaging. 

After scooping the Innovator award last year, AJ Tracey returns to the shortlist with nominations for Best [Difficult] Second Album and Best Creative Packaging for Flu Game (Revenge Records). Rappers Che LingoLava La Rue and Tkay Maidza also received two nominations each. 

Alongside the artist nominees, Partisan Records, Transgressive Records and Forever Living Originals received nods in the Best Independent Label category, while the Best Small Label category numbers Killing MoonStrut Records and Sonic Cathedral among its contenders.

This year’s ceremony will be a free public event. AIM has confirmed ON AIR, YouTube and Facebook as destinations where fans can tune in to watch the awards.  

The nominees are:

U.K. Independent Breakthrough (in association with YouTube Music)

Arlo Parks (Transgressive Records)
Conducta (Kiwi Rekords)
India Jordan (Ninja Tune)
Rina Sawayama (Dirty Hit)
Working Men's Club (Heavenly Recordings)

International Breakthrough (in association with Deezer)

Bicep (Ninja Tune)
Fontaines D.C. (Partisan Records)
Jayda G (Ninja Tune)
Park Hye Jin (Ninja Tune)
Tkay Maidza (4AD)

Best Independent Track (in association with Facebook)

Arlo Parks, “Hope” (Transgressive Records)
Bonobo & Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, “Heartbreak” (OUTLIER/Ninja Tune)
ENNY f/Amia Brave, “Peng Black Girls” (FAMM)
Katy J Pearson, “Take Back the Radio” (Heavenly Recordings)
Lava La Rue, “Magpie” (Marathon Artists)
Mustafa, “Air Forces” (Young)
serpentwithfeet, “Fellowship” (Secretly Canadian)
Shygirl, “TASTY” (Because Music)
Squid f/Martha Skye Murphy, “Narrator” (Warp Records)
Tkay Maidza, “Shook” (4AD)

Best Independent Album (in association with Spotify)

Arlo Parks, Collapsed in Sunbeams (Transgressive Records)
Che Lingo, The Worst Generation  (7Wallace Music)
Dry CleaningNew Long Leg (4AD)
Floating PointsPharoah Sanders & The London Symphony OrchestraPromises (Luaka Bop)
KrustThe Edge of Everything (Crosstown Rebels)
Moses Sumneygræ (Jagjaguwar)
Phoebe BridgersPunisher (Dead Oceans)
Speaker MusicBlack Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (Planet Mu)
Rian TreanorFile Under UK Metaplasm (Planet Mu)
Working Men's Club, Working Men's Club (Heavenly Recordings) 

Best [Difficult] Second Album (in association with BBC Radio 6 Music)

AJ Tracey, Flu Game (Revenge Records)
BicepIsles (Ninja Tune)
Dream WifeSo When You Gonna... (Lucky Number)
Fontaines D.C., A Hero's Death (Partisan Records)
Leon Vynehall, Rare, Forever (Ninja Tune)

Best Independent Remix (in association with SoundCloud)

“Bon Bon” (Mike Lindsay Remix), Songhoy Blues (Transgressive Records)
“Fair Chance” (Floating Points Remix), Thundercat f/Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B (Brainfeeder)
“megapunk” (Elkka Remix), Ela Minus (Domino)
“Soulboy” (IZCO Remix), p-rallel, Greentea Peng (Different Recordings)
“Sweat” (SOPHIE Remix), Sonikku f/LIZ (Bella Union)

One to Watch (in association with BBC Music Introducing)

Che Lingo (7Wallace Music)
ENNY (FAMM)
Lava La Rue (Marathon Artists)
Nova Twins (Nova Twins Ltd)
TSHA (Ninja Tune)

Best Creative Packaging

AJ Tracey, Flu Game (Special Edition) (Revenge Records)
Figaro de MontmartreEmotion Soap (Figaro de Montmartre)
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardEco Wax Editions (Heavenly Recordings/Flightless Records)
Working Men's Club, Working Men's Club (RAW Edition) (Heavenly Recordings)

Best Independent Video (in association with Vevo)

Arlo Parks, “Hope” (Transgressive Records)
Julien Baker, “Hardline” (Matador Records)
Kojaque, “No Hands” (Different Recordings)
Novo Amor, “If We’re Being Honest” (AllPoints)
Wesley Joseph, “Thrilla” (EEVILTWINN)

Best Independent Label (in association with [Integral])

4AD
Dead Oceans
Forever Living Originals 
Partisan Records 
Transgressive Records

Best Small Label (in association with Believe)

Athens of the North
Finesse Foreva
Killing Moon
Sonic Cathedral
Strut Records

Indie Champion (in association with MCPS)

Bandcamp
Love Record Stores

Diversity Champion

Paulette Long

 

 

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