“Ninja Tune is a London-based independent record label started by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut. The label was founded in 1990. In 1994 Matt Black’s close friend Mixmaster Morris introduced Matt to Openmind – a DJ & design collective in Camberwell – at the Telepathic Fish chill-out club they were running. Openmind included Kevin Foakes aka Strictly Kev of DJ Food.
Pre-dating Ninja Tune is the radio show Solid Steel, which Coldcut set up in 1988. What initially began as a radio show on then pirate Kiss FM went on to become a weekly podcast and also the name of live nightclub events showcasing the talents of a number of Ninja Tune artists. Solid Steel is also the name of a series of DJ mix CDs from the label”.
I came to Ninja Tune via the Hip Hop route – some (hi, nilpferd) come to the label via jazz interests (do those two alienate 70% of spillers?) anyway.. this list is some new, some old – it’s more breaks style than nu-jazz…
… and if you like what you hear- I’d recommend almost any compilation they put out – eclectic, interesting and thought provoking – from the sublime to the ridiculous.
What more could you want from a record label?
Ninja Tune 5:02 Hexstatic Ninja Tune / The Horn & Ollie
Tricky Turtle 4:39 Blockhead The Music Scene
True Skool 3:33 Coldcut Feat. Roots Manuva
All Covered In Darkness (Parts 1 & 2) 7:39 DJ Food
Dubble (Organ Swell) 6:56 Funki Porcini Xen Cuts
Hot Breath 1:36 Mack B. Dog Quannum Presents Solesides – Greatest Bumps
Fair-Weather View 3:06 Homelife Flying Wonders
Blueberry Pancakes 4:22 Fink Distance And Time
I Hear The Drummer 4:07 Luke Vibert Xen Cuts
Lady Don’t Tek No 3:36 Latyrx Quannum Presents SoleSides Greatest Bumps
Hatoa [Ft. Andreya Triana] 4:33 Bonobo You Don’t Know: Ninja Cuts
Blazin’ (Modeselektor Remix) – 4:47 Ghislain Poirier
Slap On Tap 4:20 Pest Necessary Measures
Drop The Other (Scuba’s Vulpine Remix) 5:34 Emika
How To Keep A Girlfriend 4:15 The Herbaliser Take London
Jah War (Loefah Remix) 3:46 The Bug
Ninjah (We Are Ninja) 5:16 Fink Xen Cuts
Purrfect 4:51 Funki Porcini Zen: A Retrospective