Various ‎– Xen Cuts



Steinski The Xen To One Ratio 1:03
Big Dada Sound Showtime 4:45
Dynamic Syncopation 2 Tha Left 3:21
T Love QMS 5:00
The Herbaliser 8pt Agenda 5:00
Mr. Scruff Ug 4:33
Neotropic Memories 3:12
Cabbage Boy Rhythm & Blues Angus Steakhouse 4:25
Amon Tobin Saboteur (Roots Manuva Version) 4:22
DJ Vadim Your Revolution (Version) 4:53
The Irresistible Force Nepalese Bliss (Jimpster Mix) 5:17
Kid Koala Emperor's Main Course 4:04
Coldcut Give It Up 5:08
Up, Bustle & Out Hip Hop Barrio 4:35
Quannum MC's Blue Flames 5:05
The Infesticons Night Night Theme 4:06
Luke Vibert I Hear The Drummer 4:07
Fink Ninjah (We Are Ninja) 5:15
Flexus Intro The Joy Of X (Spotters Delight) 1:44
The Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination The 10th Victim 4:18
Neptune Soul Pride 6:36
Up, Bustle & Out Los Locos Cubanos (Snowboy Mix) 4:23
Amon Tobin Down & To The Left 5:21
Loka My Life's In These Bottles 5:28
Chris Bowden Original Sins 7:36
The Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination Restless 5:32
Animals On Wheels Build A Church With Your Fear 6:39
DJ Food The Ageing Young Rebel (Gentle Cruelty) 8:28
Flanger Quicksilver Loom 8:20
Funki Porcini Big Sea (Edit) 4:34
Arc (2) Arcane 4:21
Max & Harvey Big Amoeba Sound 4:00

Versions (10)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZENCD49 Various Xen Cuts(2xCD, Comp) Ninja Tune ZENCD49 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZEN 49 P Various Xen Cuts(12", Promo) Ninja Tune ZEN 49 P UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZEN CD 49X Various Xen Cuts(3xCD, Comp) Ninja Tune ZEN CD 49X UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49 P Various Xen Cuts(3xCD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD49 P UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49A, ZENCD49B, ZENCD49C Various Xen Cuts(3xCDr, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZENCD49A, ZENCD49B, ZENCD49C UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZEN 49 Various Xen Cuts(4xLP, Comp) Ninja Tune ZEN 49 UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZEN CD49X, ZENCD 49 Various Xen Cuts(Box + 3xCD, Comp, Sli) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZEN CD49X, ZENCD 49 Canada 2000 Sell This Version
zen 49 BX Various Xen Cuts(Box, Comp + 6xLP) Ninja Tune zen 49 BX UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49A, ZENCD49B, ZENCD49C Various Xen Promo Kit(3xCD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZENCD49A, ZENCD49B, ZENCD49C Canada 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49C Various Xen Rare Cuts(CD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD49C UK 2000 Sell This Version


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February 1, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Xen Cuts, 3xCD, Comp, ZEN CD 49X
There are a number of very high quality tracks on these 2 cd's, but most of them i find bland. the good tracks are true fusions of jazz and electronic, breaks and cinematic, all in one, the bland ones feel more constructed, totally 1 bar loops, rithm centered with not very amazing samples and probably only 1-2 chords in them.


December 18, 2015
referencing Xen Cuts, 4xLP, Comp, ZEN 49
Everything the guys below me said, plus that Luke Vibert track! "I hear the drummer strike the skyyyyyyyyy...."


August 30, 2015
referencing Xen Cuts, 4xLP, Comp, ZEN 49
Essential owning...


February 4, 2014
referencing Xen Cuts, 2xCD, Comp, ZENCD49
Three of the tracks on here are a perfect fusion of 60's orchestral, 90's downtempo, and real Jazz-Bebop.
mozart would be dancing in joy.
timeless classics.


March 4, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Xen Cuts, 4xLP, Comp, ZEN 49

Ninja Tune tracks are a comprehensive menu of cool, using deadly mixing skills to blend ingredients like spoken word, beatboxing, electro-funk, dub, hip-hop samples, classic jazz breaks and scratching into a furious electronic goulash of sound.

There's something eminently respectable about Ninja Tune's volatile formula, which may be most closely approximated in the mainstream by the Beastie Boys' deliciously flexible Hello Nasty. When artists like Coldcut and DJ Food whip irresistible beats together with samples from classic movies, old school Brooklyn rap and artists like the London Funk Allstars, it always seems to work, and the resulting sound is hypnotic, crisp and distinct.

Xen Cuts is a 4 x LP set, and it's a jaw-droppingly diverse sampler of Ninja Tune's history as a label, mixing up bits of back catalog stuff with fresh cuts minted for the set. Acts including The Herbaliser, Amon Tobin, Kid Koala and Funki Porcini throw down electronic and acoustic elements that mesh seamlessly and skillfully, evolving enough from track to track that the set never becomes tiresome or played out. Its first disc concentrates more heavily on hip-hop, while the remaining albums kick up a dense cloud of Latin beats, unstoppable funk and hipster miscellany.

And while all three discs are strong and listenable, certain tracks stand out. Saul Williams, with "Twice the First Time," combines strings, spoken word and hip-hop in an unforgettable manner — when the strings go to pizzacato and the sound fills out, it becomes an irresistably strange and dancey mix.

DJ Food takes a poetic and fairly disturbing bit of spoken word by Ken Nordine to craft "The Ageing Young Rebel," a self-consciously hip bit of techno ephemera that no listener should pass up.

And Hexstatic's bizarre "Ninja Tune" takes scratching, an insidiously seductive beat, chop-socky kung-fu samples and Asian chords to weave an inexplicably listenable track.

Ninja Tune fans owe it to their label to pick up this bountiful spread of phattening sound. As for Ninja Tune neophytes... Fans of hip-hop, funk and techno who have yet to yet to discover Britain's freshest funk merchants should be legally compelled to give Xen Cuts a try — it's broad enough to satisfy the crowd, but sharp enough to make educated heads spin.


January 7, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Xen Cuts, Box, Comp + 6xLP, zen 49 BX

This has got to be one of the best releases I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Apart from containing the 4 LP's of Xen Cuts (Which are fantastic in their own right), the real treasure for me is the inclusion of the "Missed, Flipped & Skipped" vinyls. Kid Koala's "Drunk Trumpet" (Live At The Metro, Chicago) and Saul Williams "Twice The First Time" are two highlights of many great tracks. However my favourite, is Quincy "Bruce Lee MC" (Butchers Edit). With it's Oriental vibe and rolling drums that seductively reverberate as they turn themselves inside out, this track never fails to transport me to a magical place.
This boxset is an incredible compendium of top quality artists showcasing outstanding tunes. Like a fine wine that improves over time this must be uncorked and savoured. A must have for any collector, especially one with a love of downtempo and future jazz. Ninja Tune I salute thee!!!


February 20, 2004
referencing Xen Cuts, 4xLP, Comp, ZEN 49
It almost goes without saying that this collection is hot. You might hear it, like it, buy it, and listen to it, but you don't really realize how good it is until you have listened to it for a couple of years... I think a lot of the tracks on this compilation have a timeless quality to them - I never get tired of hearing them.