Various ‎– Xen Cuts

Ninja Tune ‎– ZEN 49
4 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Steinski The Xen To One Ratio (Steinski's Intro)
Producer [Produced By], Arranged By, Supervised By [Scrutinized By] – Steinski
A2 Big Dada Sound Showtime
Engineer [Engineered By] – Jamie FinchProducer [Production] – Part 2Scratches [Cuts] – Mk*Words By [Words] – Juice Aleem, Mike Ladd, Roots Manuva, Toastie Tailor*, TyWritten-By – A.R.E. (2), B. Chijoke*, G. Edwards*, K. Hopewell*, M. Ladd*, R. Smith*
A3 Dynamic Syncopation 2 Tha Left
Featuring – Mass InfluenceProducer [Produced By] – Dynamic SyncopationWritten-By – A. Johnson*, B. Allen*, G. Barr*, J. Morris*, S. Bailey*
A4 T Love QMS
Producer [Produced By] – The ProcessWritten-By – J. Morris*, O. Teeba*, T. Taylor*
A5 The Herbaliser 8pt Agenda
Featuring – LatyrxProducer [Produced By] – The HerbaliserWritten-By – J. Wherry*, L. Daumont*, Latyrx, O. Teeba*, T. Shimura*
B1 Mr. Scruff Ug
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Andy Carthy
B2 Neotropic Memories
Featuring – Resonance (31), ShortiProducer [Produced By] – NeotropicWritten-By – M. Faye Parker*, Riz Maslen
B3 Amon Tobin Saboteur (Roots Manuva Remix)
Double Bass [Double Bass By] – Phil FranceProducer [Produced By] – Amon TobinRemix, Vocals – Roots ManuvaWritten-By – Amon Tobin, Rodney Smith
B4 DJ Vadim Your Revolution (Version)
Featuring – Sarah JonesProducer [Produced By] – DJ VadimWritten-By – Sarah Jones, Vadim Peare
C1 The Irresistible Force Nepalese Bliss (Jimpster Mix)
Remix – JimpsterWritten-By, Producer [Produced By] – Mixmaster Morris
C2 Kid Koala Emperor's Main Course
Producer ["Main Title Theme (The Last Emperor)" Produced By] – David ByrneProducer [Produced By] – Eric SanWritten-By – Eric SanWritten-By ["Main Title Theme (The Last Emperor)" Written By] – David Byrne
C3 Coldcut Give It Up
Producer [Produced By] – ColdcutWritten-By – More*, Black*
C4 Up, Bustle & Out Hip Hop Barrio
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – D. Fell*, R. Mould*
D1 Quannum MC's Blue Flames
Producer [Produced By] – Chief XcelWritten-By – L.Daumont*, T.Parker*, T.Shimura*, X Mosley*
D2 The Infesticons Night Night Theme
Producer [Produced By] – M. Ladd*Written-By – J. Meline*, L. Smythe*, M. Ladd*
D3 Luke Vibert l Hear The Drummer
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Luke Vibert
D4 Fink Ninjah (We Are Ninja)
Featuring – Frank ChickensProducer [Produced By] – FinkWritten-By – David Toop, F. Greenall*, Kazuko Hohki, Kazumi Taguchi, Noriko Iwatsubo, Steve Beresford
E1 Flexus Intro The Joy Of X (Spotters Delight)
Mixed By [Xtracted By], Performer [Xecuted By], Written-By [Xcerpted By] – Strictly Kev
E2 Clifford Gilberto The 10th Victim
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Florian Schmitt
E3 Neptune Soul Pride
Double Bass – Phil FranceDrums – T. Daniel HowardPercussion – Saidi KanbaPiano – Alex James (9)Producer [Produced By] – J Swinscoe, PC*Synthesizer [101] – PC*Written-By – Swinscoe*, Carpenter*
E4 Up, Bustle & Out Los Locos Cubanos (Snowboy's Batarumbaconga Mix)
Producer [Produced By] – R.Mould*Remix – SnowboyWritten-By [Co-written By], Performer [Performed By] – Orquesta Richard Egues*
F1 Amon Tobin Down & To The Left
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Amon Tobin
F2 Loka My Life's In These Bottles
Producer [Produced By] – LokaWritten-By – E. Ellams*, K. Webb*, M. Kyriacou*
F3 Chris Bowden Original Sins
Alto Saxophone – Chris BowdenBass – Andy HamillCello – Gayee Westerhoff*Drums – Tom GordonFlute – Andrew Ross*Musician – Andy Hamill, Andrew Ross*, Chris Bowden, Eos Council*, Gayee Westerhoff*, Lisa Millett, Tom GordonProducer [Produced By], Mixed By – Jake WherryViolin – Eos Council*Vocals – Lisa MillettWritten-By, Arranged By, Co-producer [Co-produced By] – Chris Bowden
G1 Clifford Gilberto Restless
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Florian Schmitt
G2 Animals On Wheels Build A Church With Your Fear
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Andy Coleman*
G3 DJ Food The Ageing Young Rebel (Gentle Cruelty)
Featuring – Ken NordineMixed By – Jamie FinchProducer [Produced By] – PC*, Strictly KevWritten-By – Nordine*, Foakes*, Carpenter*
H1 Flanger Quicksilver Loom (Edit)
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Atom Heart, Bernd Friedmann
H2 Funki Porcini Big Sea (Edit)
Written-By, Producer [Produced By] – Funki Porcini
H3 Arc (2) Arcane
Double Bass [Double Bass By] – Mihaly BiggsPiano [Piano By] – Françoise OgierWritten-By, Producer [Produced By] – Darren Knott*, Dean Smith (4)
H4 Max & Harvey Big Amoeba Sound
Drums [Additional Live Drums By] – FLO (100)Producer [Produced By] – WoobWritten-By – Max & Harvey

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Was released for the 10th anniversary of Ninja Tune Records. Contains four printed inlays with the labels history, credits and complete discography.

On track B2 artist "Shorti" is credited as "Shorti aka Resonance".

On inlay 1:
Steinski's Intro 'The Xen To One Ratio' [...] Mixed at the Reckless Spenders Social Aid & Pleasure Club, NYC.

Big Dada Sound 'Showtime' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music, Copyright Control, Chrysalis Music, Like Madd Music (SESAC) [...] Production [...] for New Flesh Music Operations 2012 Recorded & Mixed at Blow's Yard, London. [...]

Dynamic Syncopation [...] '2 Tha Left' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music / Mass Music Mass Influence appear courtesy of Nonstop Music Works

T Love 'QMS' [...] Reel Love Music BMI Published by Universal and Copyright Control Licensed courtesy of Pickininny Records

The Herbaliser [...] '8pt Agenda' [...] Produced [...] for Nam's Illest Entertainment Published by Just Isn't Music / Asia's Music ASCAP / Dread Piper Publishing ASCAP

Mr. Scruff 'Ug' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Neotropic [...] 'Memories' [...] Shorti appears courtesy of Mother Tongues, Thanks to Mother Tongues and Creative Vibes Published by Big Orange Cat Music / Westbury Music / Copyright Control

Amon Tobin 'Saboteur' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music / Chrysalis Music

DJ Vadim [...] 'Your Revolution' Published by Just Isn't Music / Copyright Control

On inlay 2:
The Irresistible Force 'Nepalese Bliss' (Jimpster Remix) [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Kid Koala 'Emperors Main Course' [...] Contains 'Main Title Theme (The Last Emperor)' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music / Index Music Inc.

Coldcut 'Give It Up' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Up, Bustle & Out 'Hip Hop Barrio' [...] Published by Copyright Control

Quannum MC's 'Blue Flames' [...] Published by Obrafo Music (ASCAP)/Gifted Music (ASCAP)/Asia's Music (ASCAP)/Dread Piper (ASCAP) Licensed courtesy of Quannnum Projects LLC

The Infesticons 'Night Night Theme' [...] Published by Like Madd Music SESAC, Definitive Jux SESAC, Mr Len Music SESAC Originally released on 'Gun Hill Road' [BD 017]

Luke Vibert 'I Hear The Drummer' [...] Published by MCA Music

Fink [...] 'Ninjah (We Are Ninja)' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music / Copyright Control

Flexus Intro 'The Joy Of X' [...] Xplored, Xtracted, Xcerpted & Xecuted by [...] miXed at the Infirmary

Clifford Gilberto 'The 10th Victim' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

On inlay 3:
Neptune 'Soul Pride' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Up, Bustle & Out 'Los Locos Cubanos' [...] Recorded at Sonocaribe Studios, Havana, Cuba, April 1998. [...] Published by Copyright Control

Amon Tobin 'Down & To The Left' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Loka 'My Life's In These Bottles' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Chris Bowden 'Original Sins' [...] Produced and Mixed at Traintrax [...] for Nam's Illest Entertainment [...] Flute - Andrew Ross courtesy of the Easy Access Orchestra [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Clifford Gilberto 'Restless' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Animals On Wheels 'Build A Church With Your Fear' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

DJ Food [...] 'The Ageing Young Rebel' [...] Mixed at Blow's Yard [...] Published by Just Isn't Music / Rubber Frog Music

Flanger 'Quicksilver Loom' [...] Published by Freibank / Hamburg

Funki Porcini 'Big Sea' [...] Publishing administered by Just Isn't Music

Arc 'Arcane' [...] Published by Just Isn't Music

Max & Harvey 'Big Amoeba Sound' [...] Published by Copyright Control

On back cover:
[...] Made in England

On spine:
[...] 10 Years Of Zen [...]

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 021392 255180
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): ZEN 49 A - 2 - 1 -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): ZEN 49 A-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): ZEN 49 B - 2 - 1 -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): ZEN 49 B-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, stamped): ZEN 49 C - 2 - 1 -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched): ZEN 49 C-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, stamped): ZEN 49 D - 2 - 1 -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched): ZEN 49 D-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, stamped): ZEN 49 E - 2 - 1 -
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, etched): ZEN49 E - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, stamped): ZEN 49 F - 2 - 1 - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, etched): ZEN49 F-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side G, stamped): ZEN 49 G - 2 - 1 - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side G, etched): ZEN49 G-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side H, stamped): ZEN 49 H - 2 - 1 - 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side H, etched): ZEN49 H-2 WE ARE XEN

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZENCD49 Various Xen Cuts(2xCD, Comp) Ninja Tune ZENCD49 UK 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 Cuts(3xCDr, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune ZENCD49A, ZENCD49B, ZENCD49C UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49C Various Xen Rare Cuts(CD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD49C UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZENCD49 P Various Xen Cuts(3xCD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENCD49 P UK 2000 Sell This Version


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December 18, 2015
Everything the guys below me said, plus that Luke Vibert track! "I hear the drummer strike the skyyyyyyyyy...."


August 30, 2015
Essential owning...


March 4, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

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.


February 20, 2004
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.