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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 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 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.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 29.06.2020
Joell Ortiz & Kxng Crooked
Exclusive Edition: »H.A.R.D.«
Joell Ortiz and Kxng Crooked (aka Crooked I), both from the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse have announced a new album on Mello Music with »H.A.R.D.«. Vinyl will follow in September. We have a strictly limited colour edition in our assortment.
Music Review | posted 20.07.2020
Adult Fantasies
Towers Of Silence
A very deserving compilation brings us Stroom these days with »Towers Of Silence« from the Belgian Adult Fantasies.
Music Review | posted 26.06.2020
Oiro Pena
2
The Finnish multi-instrumentalist Antti Vauhkonen releases playful music with his vinyl 10-inch »2«, released by Jazzaggression.
Music News | posted 16.07.2020
HHV For The Culture
Save Your Club
In support of the club scene, which was hit hard by the Corona crisis, a Vinyl 7" series was created with three Berlin clubs that are strongly connected to us. The complete proceeds will go to the venues. Together »For The Culture«! Save your club!
Music Portrait | posted 12.11.2020
Tidal Waves
Riding the Wave
A powerful wave has already washed many treasures ashore. Seen in this way, the name fits, because the Belgian reissue label Tidal Waves searches for, discovers and publishes pearls of music history believed to be lost.