Australians all let us rejoice because we are young and free and our independent musicians are once again getting the recognition they deserve, as the Australian Independent Record Labels Association has today announced the nominees for the eighth annual Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards.

Sydney producer and world-beater Flume has surprised no-one by racking up a table topping 5 nominations, but psych-dance group Jagwar Ma are hot on his tail, going head to head with the electronic boy wonder in all his categories, including the major Best Independent Artist and Best Independent Album awards, as well as Best Independent Single Or EP, Best Independent Dance, Electronica Album and Best Independent Dance, Electronica or Club Single. Both artists are signed to the label Future Classic, who must be tickled pink with all the (well deserved) attention their boys are getting.

Two piece Big Scary landed 3 nominations off the back of their wonderful second album Not Art, while bright-eyed indie rockers Dick Diver, singer/songwriter/boy version of heart throb Vance Joy, singer/songwriter/girl version of heart throb Courtney Barnett, hip hopper Seth Sentry, and Independent Music Awards alumni The Drones scored two nominations each.

The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne in October, and feature performances from nominees Big Scary, Seth Sentry and RÜFÜS, as well as Archie Roach, Violent Soho and Saskwatch. Also, there’ll be beers. Loads and loads of beers.

The full list of nominations is below along with a bonus Flume interview.

BEST INDEPENDENT ARTIST

Big Scary
Dick Diver
Flume
Jagwar Ma
The Drones

BEST INDEPENDENT ALBUM

Big Scary – Not Art (Pieater)
Dick Diver – Calendar Daus (Chapter Music)
Flume – Flume (Future Classic)
Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)
The Drones – I Sea Seaweed (MGM)

 

BREAKTHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Courtney Barnett
Kirin J Callinan
Seth Sentry
The Rubens
Vance Joy

 

BEST INDEPENDENT SINGLE OR EP

Big Scary – Luck Now (Pieater)
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser (Milk! Records)
Flume – Holdin’ On (Future Classic)
Jagwa Ma – Man I Need     (Future Classic)
Vance Joy – God Loves You When You’re Dancing (Liberation Music)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HIP HOP ALBUM

Bliss n Eso – Circus In The Sky (Illusive)
Illy – Bring It Back (Obese Records)
Seth Sentry – This Was Tomorrow     (High Score Records)
Spit Syndicate – Sunday Gentlemen (Obese Records)
Urthboy – Smokey’s Haunt  (Elefant Traks)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT COUNTRY ALBUM

Baylou – Go To Hell and I Love You (ABC Music)
Catherine Britt – Always Never Enough (ABC Music)
Karl Broadie – A Side B Side Seaside (WJO)
The Sunny Cowgirls – What We Do (WJO)
Lee Kernaghan – Beautiful Noise     (ABC Music)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT BLUES AND ROOTS ALBUM

Mama Kin – The Magician’s Daughter (MGM)
Mia Dyson – The Moment (MGM)
Paul Kelly – Spring And Fall (Gawd Aggie Recordings)
Tim Rogers – Rogers Sings Rogerstein (Four | Four)
The Cat Empire – Steal The Light     (Two Shoes Record)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT HARD ROCK, HEAVY OR PUNK ALBUM

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – 12 Bar Bruise (Flightless)
Kingswood – Change Of Heart (Capgun Kids)
Parkway Drive – Atlas (Resist Records)
The Mark Of Cain – Songs Of The Third and Fifth (Feel Presents)
The Smith Street Band – Sunshine And Technology (Poison City Records)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ ALBUM

Allan Browne Trio – Lost In The Stars (Jazzhead)
Christopher Hale – Sylvan Coda (Which Way Music)
Jonathan Zwartz – The Remembering And Forgetting Of The Air (Planet)
Magnet – Magnet (Magnet Sounds)
Trichotomy – Fact Finding Mission     (Jazzhead Records)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Collarbones – Die Young     (Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control)
Flume – Flume (Future Classic)
Jagwar Ma – Howlin (Future Classic)
ShockOne – Universes (OneLove)
Yolanda Be Cool – Ladies And Mentalman (Sweat It Out)

 

BEST INDEPENDENT DANCE, ELECTRONICA OR CLUB SINGLE

Charles Murdoch – Dekire featuring Oscar Key Sung (Future Classic)
Flight Facilities – Clair De Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg) (Independent / AWAL)
Flume – Holdin On (Future Classic)
Jagwar Ma – Man I Need (Future Classic)
RUFUS – Take Me (Sweat it Out)