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These are the winners of DJ Mag's Best of British awards 2023

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The winners in the 17th edition of DJ Mag's Best of British awards were announced tonight at London’s The Steel Yard

The winners in this year's DJ Mag Best of British awards have been announced. The event took place at London’s The Steel Yard tonight (14th December) and was hosted by Emerald.

In the 17th edition of DJ Mag's Best of British, Scotland's Ewan McVicar picked up the prestigious Best DJ award, with Bakey taking home the title of Breakthrough DJ after a huge year.

North Shields-born artist Ben Hemsley took home Best Producer, while breakout star Barry Can't Swim won Breakthrough Producer.

In the rap categories, East London rap icon Flowdan won Best MC/Vocalist, while 'Strangers' singer Kenya Grace took home Breakthrough MC/Vocalist. ENNY won Best Rap Track for 'Charge It', while Little Simz scooped Best Rap Album/Mixtape for ‘No Thank You’.

Michael Bibi and PAWSA's Solid Grooves Records took home the Best Label award, while fabric's imprint, fabric Originals, took home Breakthrough Label after a prolific year.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Chase & Status (Best Album for '2 Ruff, Vol. 1', and Best Track for their Bou collaboration 'Baddadan' feat. IRAH, Flowdan, Trigga, and Takura, while Richard Sen won Best Compilation, for his various artists release 'Richard Sen presents Dream The Dream: UK Techno, House and Breakbeat 1990​-​1994' on Ransom Note Records.

In the editorial choice award — chosen by DJ Mag’s editorial team to honour an Outstanding Contribution to to electronic music culture — Rinse FM were presented this year’s gong.

In the club and event categories, Manchester's Hidden won Best Club, while Best Club Event went to Worried About Henry, and Best Festival to Scotland’s Terminal V.

The Jaguar Foundation founder, BBC Radio 1 Introducing Dance host, and UTOPIA label boss, Jaguar, won this year’s Underground Hero award, which recognises the champions of grassroots UK music communities.

The sold-out Best of British awards party returned to The Steel Yard, with sets from Ben Hemsley, Jaguar, Sammy Virji, Taylah Elaine and p-rallel.

You can read interviews with all the winners here, and see the full breakdown of awards below.

Best DJ

Ewan McVicar
Interplanetary Criminal

Breakthrough DJ

Demi Riquísimo
Taylah Elaine

Best Producer

Ben Hemsley
Call Super
Nia Archives
Sammy Virji

Breakthrough Producer

Barry Can't Swim

Best MC/Vocalist

Emily Makis

Breakthrough MC/Vocalist

George Riley
Kenya Grace

Best Label

Planet Mu
Solid Grooves Records
Wisdom Teeth
WNCL Recordings

Breakthrough Label

fabric Originals
N4 Records
Outhouse Sounds
Pond Life Party

Best Album

Aluna 'MYCELiUM' [Mad Decent]
Chase & Status '2 Ruff, Vol. 1' [EMI]
Overmono 'Good Lies' [XL Recordings]
Pangaea 'Changing Channels' [Hessle Audio]
Tirzah 'trip9love​.​.​.​?​?​?' [Domino Recording Company]

Best Compilation

V/A 'Future Bounce Club Series: Vol 2' [Future Bounce]
V/A 'Night Slugs Classix Remixed' [Night Slugs]
V/A 'Richard Sen presents Dream The Dream: UK Techno, House and Breakbeat 1990​-​1994' [Ransom Note Records]
V/A 'Synergy' [Black Artist Database]
V/A 'TIME VOLUME 5' [Slimzos Recordings]

Best Track

Anz 'Clearly Rushing' [Hessle Audio]
Chase & Status & Bou 'Baddadan' feat. IRAH, Flowdan, Trigga, Takura [EMI]
Hannah Laing & HVRR 'Party All The Time' [WUGD / Polydor Records]
Kwengface, Joy Orbison & Overmono 'Freedom 2' [Kwengface LTD]
Y U QT 'Y'all Ready For Dis' [LG105]

Best Rap Album/Mixtape

CASISDEAD 'Famous Last Words' [XL Recordings]
Clavish 'Rap Game Awful' [Polydor Records / Universal Music UK]
Little Simz 'No Thank You' [Forever Living Originals]
Potter Payper 'Real Back In Style' [0207 Def Jam]
Tunde 'First Lap' [Self-released]

Best Rap Track

Blanco 'Londis' [Believe UK]
Cristale x TeeZandos x Fumez The Engineer 'Plugged In' [Self-released]
DigDat 'No Gimmicks' [Self-released]
ENNY 'Charge It' [FAMM]
Nemzzz 'NEMZZZ TYPE BEAT' [Self-released]

Best Club

Gonzo's Two Room, Norwich
Hidden, Manchester
Patterns, Brighton
Phonox, London
The Cause, London

Best Club Event

Hit & Run
The Night Institute
Worried About Henry

Best Festival

AVA Festival
Bassfest Summer Festival
Terminal V
Waterworks Festival
We Out Here Festival

Underground Hero

Clayton Wright
Linett Kamala
Marion Hawkes

Outstanding Contribution

Rinse FM