Bonobo, Blood Orange, Numero Group and Ghetts also in the running.
The nominees for the fourth annual AIM Independent Music Awards were announces last night at Red Bull Studios London.
Tasteful pop trio London Grammar lead the way with four nominations, including Best Live Act and Independent Breakthrough of The Year, while Arctic Monkeys, Bonobo, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, FKA twigs, Future Islands and tUnE-yArDs all received two nominations.
Because Music, Domino, Fearless Records, Hospital Records, Ninja Tune and Secretly Group are all nominated for Independent Label Of The Year, while the Best Small Label award will be contested by Kissability, Marshall Teller Records, National Anthem, Sonic Cathedral and Hyperdub, whose own Kode9 has already been awarded AIM’s newly launched Innovator Award.
Among the rest of the awards is an interesting one for Special Catalogue Release of the Year, where nominees include Cabaret Voltaire’s Collected Works 1983 – 1985, the Nightmares on Wax compilation N.O.W. Is The Time and Numero Group’s excellent Purple Snow compilation of pre-Prince funk and rock from Minneapolis.
Read the full list of nominees below. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on September 2.
BEST SMALL LABEL – Sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services
Marshall Teller Records
BEST LIVE ACT – in association with Songkick
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Five Finger Death Punch
BEST ‘DIFFICULT’ SECOND ALBUM – in association with XFM
Anna Calvi – One Breath
Ben Watt – Hendra
Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Withered Hand – New Gods
GOLDEN WELLY AWARD FOR BEST INDEPENDENT FESTIVAL
– in association with AIF and DIY
Barn on the Farm
In The Woods
HARDEST WORKING BAND OR ARTIST – in association with Jack Daniel’s
Gabby Young & Other Animals
INDEPENDENT BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR – sponsored by 7digital
INDEPENDENT TRACK OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Spotify
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
FKA Twigs – Water Me
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
London Grammar – Strong
Sampha – Too Much
Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
INDEPENDENT VIDEO OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Vevo
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See Me
FKA Twigs – Water Me
James – Moving On
Liars – Mess On A Mission
Royal Canoe – Birthday
INDIE CHAMPION AWARD – sponsored by CI
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
Camilla Pia, BBC 6Music
Charles Caldas, Merlin
John Doran, The Quietus
Tim Palmer & Clemence Godard, Bird on the Wire
SPECIAL CATALOGUE RELEASE OF THE YEAR – in association with Amazon Music
Cabaret Voltaire – Collected Works 1983 – 1985
Nightmares on Wax – N.O.W.Is The Time
Small Faces – Here Comes The Nice – Immediate Years Box Set 1967 – 1969
The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters (Expanded Edition)
Various – Purple Snow – Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR – sponsored by MixRadio
Actress – Ghettoville
Arctic Monkeys – AM
East India Youth – Total Strife Forever
Fred V & Grafix – Recognise
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
London Grammar – If You Wait
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
Within Temptation – Hydra
INDEPENDENT LABEL OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Believe Digital
INNOVATOR AWARD – Steve Goodman, Hyperdub Records.
PIONEER AWARD – sponsored by The Orchard: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC – sponsored by eMusic: Recipient TBA soon.
The PPL Award for Most Played New Independent Act will be revealed on the night.