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Ninja Tune (Record label)
Ninja Tune is a London-based record label, founded in 1990 by Matt Black and Jonathan More (widely known as Coldcut). Sub labels of Ninja Tune include Big Dada, Counter Records and N-Tone. Matt Black and Jonathan More produced the 1988 Yazz’ the Only Way Is Up and had some club hits with their own record Doctorin’ the House. Their experiences during this period lead to the foundation of Ninja Tune. Artists including DJ Food, Funki Porcini, The Herbaliser and The Cinematic Orchestra gave the label a very original sound combining elements of hip hop, funk, jazz and downtempo. Over the years the roaster of the label grew and includes artists like such different artists as Amon Tobin, Fink, Bonobo, Wagon Christ, Kid Koala and Daedelus. Ninja Tune is regarded as one of the most influential British record labels of the last two decades.
Ninja Tune in Features
Music List | posted 22.04.2021
Leon Vynehall
10 All Time Favs
With his new album »Rare, Forever«, British producer Leon Vynehall continues the path he started with »Nothing Is Still« 3 years ago. Today he tells us 10 vinyl records that have shaped, improved and educated him.
Music Interview | posted 28.07.2011
Eskmo
The Noise in the Woods
Respected by the whole scene, including a catalog of releases on labels such as Planet μ, Warp and Ninja Tune, but Eskmo is still one of the unknowns in the basics of the producer guild. Maybe the reasons could apply his complex sound structures which he built in harmony with his own tardiness. We met the musician from San Francisco to talk about the sounds, big cities and the sampling of shrubs.
Music Interview | posted 12.04.2011
Daedelus
Constancy and Progress
Being a part of the critically acclaimed L.A. beat scene and one of the people that surround Flying Lotus under his Brainfeeder imprint Daedelus still manages to come up with something new and fresh. With a catalogue that spans over the period of ten years by now he is just about to release his next album Bespoke on Ninja Tune. Recently he was just on a Europe tour with Tokimonsta. Valentin Menedetter met him in Vienna.
Ninja Tune in Reviews
Music Review | posted 14.09.2021
Park Hye Jin
Before I Die
»Before I Die«, the debut of the South Korean musician Park Hye Jin, released on Ninja Tune, follows a sophisticated architecture.
Music Review | posted 03.09.2021
DJ Seinfeld
Mirrors
»Mirrors« is the name of the second album of the Swedish producer DJ Seinfeld. And compared to previous music, the mirrors are well cleaned.
Music Review | posted 27.05.2016
Max Graef & Glenn Astro
The Yard Work Simulator
There is freedom in the confusion: With »The Yard Work Simulator«, Max Graef and Glenn Astro are celebrating their joint debut in album-length for Ninja Tune.
Music Review | posted 12.05.2016
Ash Koosha
I AKA I
Ash Koosha’s »I AKA I« defies any genre conventions: ambient meets glitch, musique concrete meets beat-tape and your head meets an adventure. Is this IDM 2.0?
Music Review | posted 24.07.2015
Seven Davis Jr
Universes
Everyone expected Seven Davis Jr.‘s debut to become a classic straight away – »Universes« doesn’t disappoint us, even though it’s »just« a very good record.
Music Review | posted 19.02.2015
Romare
Projections
The era of sampling has come to an end. Long live sampling! Romare has snipped together blues, gospel, hip hop, house disco and bass music. In the end, there’s only one conclusion to be drawn about this record.
Music Review | posted 04.09.2014
The Bug
Angels & Devils
If anyone ever needed a soundtrack for Philip K. Dick’s books: The Bug’s »Angels & Devils« is the perfect fit for any dystopia.
Music Review | posted 13.06.2014
Martyn
The Air Between Words
Less dubstep, more house. Dramlinke drifting and riven sceneries. »The Air Between Words«, Martijn Deykers’s third record, is best described by a certain indecisiveness.
Music Review | posted 25.04.2014
Kelis
Food
Well dished up: »Food« is Kelis’ sixth record – produced by Dave Sitek and released through Ninja Tunes. It’s tasty. Promise.
Music Review | posted 12.02.2014
Actress
Ghettoville
Schizophrenic, restive and ignorant: Actress couldn’t care less about his listeners. For those wanting to fulfill masochistic fantasies: Here’s your chance!
Music Review | posted 18.06.2012
Lorn
Ask The Dust
With his third record, Lorn is expanding his repertoire: under the steam roller of HipHop and industrial, something graceful has found its place. It’s a ride through hell with a happy ending.
Music Review | posted 30.05.2012
Blockhead
Interludes After Midnight
It’s hard to believe that something like this still exists: an Instrumental-HipHop-record, which neither »glitches« nor »crunks« or »wonks«, but still is freshly »phat«.
Music Review | posted 21.05.2012
Slugabed
Time Team
Think of Star Wars, unicorns, rainbows and club-raves and you come close to what is happening here. It is fascinating cyber-funk and not suitable for weak nerves.
Music Review | posted 22.06.2011
Fink
Perfect Darkness
Fink arise from an exhilaratingly different kind of singer-songwriter-sphere, reminding the listener more of Trip-Hop or Dubstep than of bearded self-fulfillment and woebegone sentiments.
Music Review | posted 27.05.2011
Amon Tobin
ISAM
On ISAM, Amon Tobin moves even further away from his past and cheekily circumnavigates the present. ISAM is sound in all its heaviness and complexity.
Music Review | posted 10.05.2011
Daedelus
Bespoke
Daedelus takes a U-turn on Bespoke, speeds up with chutzpa and causes ruckus after ruckus by launching ludicrous sampler-wars here and there.
Ninja Tune in News
Music News | posted 18.08.2021
The Bug
New Album: »Fire«
Kevin Martin has announced his highly intense new album »Fire« for Augfust 27, 2021 on Ninja Tune. Exclusively via HHV Records »Fire« will be available in an exclusive transparent red-yellow vinyl edtion.
Music News | posted 17.08.2021
Jordan Rakei
Exclusive Edition: »What We Call Life«
New Zealand soul singer Jordan Rakei has announced his new album »What We Call Life« on Ninja Tune for September 17, 2021. Exclusively for HHV Records he signs his Transculent Green Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 01.03.2021
Leon Vynehall
Exclusive Edition: »Rare Forever«
Leon Vynehall releases his new album »Rare Forever« on Ninja Tune on April 30. It is available exclusively from HHV Records in a special colour vinyl edition.
Recent Articles
Music Column | posted 24.09.2021
Records Revisited
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
Music Review | posted 18.10.2021
MLO
Oumuamua
More Virtual Dreams: Music From Memory pay tribute to MLO with an extensive compilation of the ambient duo’s mid-90s work.
Music Review | posted 08.10.2021
Xochimoki
Temple Of The New Sun
»Temple Of The New Sun« comprises pieces by the project Xochimoki, which in the 1980s dedicated itself to reinterpreting Mesoamerican music forms.
Music News | posted 27.09.2021
Windows彡96
Exclusive Edition: »Magic Peaks«
With homesick flicker: The Sao Paulo-born musician Windows彡96 releases his new album »Magic Peaks« on 100% Electronica on November 12, 2021. A limited colour edition is available from HHV Records.
Music Column | posted 23.09.2021
Records Revisited
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.