Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune

Profile:
Label Code: LC 12885
Ninja Tune is an independent record label that is based in London, England (with a satellite office in Los Angeles for U.S/Canada business), created in 1990 by the duo known as Coldcut. Coldcut were pioneers of the emerging hip-hop/electro scene in the eighties. Inspired by a visit to Japan, Matt Black & Jonathan More (Coldcut) primarily created Ninja Tune to act as a vehicle by which they could release music of a more underground nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels (the same restraints that were put on them via their brief stints with Arista and Big Life).

The first four volumes of 'DJ Food - Jazz Brakes', produced by Coldcut, were comprised of instrumental hip-hop cuts. Key in the label's success was the constantly growing roster of very different sounding artists.

With the musical and multi-media innovation of Black and More, the studio know-how and musical expertise of all the artists, the graphic vision of Openmind, and the sound business practices of the label managers and employees, Ninja Tune has grown into a label that prides itself on producing quality music while serving its artists in a way that no major label would.
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Contact Info:
Email: ninja@ninjatune.net
Fax: +44 (0)207 820 3434

Ninja Tune HQ
PO Box 4296
London, SE11 4WW, UK

Ninja Tune N. America:
6565 Sunset Blvd, #410
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Obsolete:
Ninja Tune North America:
1499 William, Suite #2
H3C 1R4, Montreal, Canada
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Bricolage  album cover Amon Tobin Bricolage (Album) UK 2017
#114 / CD 23 Groove #114 / CD 23  album cover Various Groove #114 / CD 23(CD, Comp) Groove #114 / CD 23 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
127 / CD 36 Groove #127 / CD36  album cover Various Groove #127 / CD36(CD, Comp) Groove, Groove 127 / CD 36 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
142 / CD 51 Groove 142 / CD 51  album cover Various Groove 142 / CD 51(CD, Comp) Groove 142 / CD 51 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
00430-CDV18-07 Scion CD Sampler V.18 - Ninja Tune Mix  album cover Darko Of Spank Rock* Scion CD Sampler V.18 - Ninja Tune Mix(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Scion Audio/Visual, Ninja Tune, Big Dada Recordings, Counter Records 00430-CDV18-07 US 2007 Sell This Version
0917-2 Blow  album cover Foetus Blow(CD, Comp) Nois-O-Lution 0917-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
039 121-2 Nu-Jazz  album cover Various Nu-Jazz(2xCD, Comp) EmArcy, Universal 039 121-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
#302.4034-1 Groove Zone  album cover Various Groove Zone(2xLP, Comp) Vision Soundcarriers #302.4034-1 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
39101612 Heavenly Grooves  album cover Various Heavenly Grooves(CD, Comp) Hyperium Records, Hyperium Records 39101612 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
314-524 404-2 A Journey Into Ambient Groove 4  album cover Various A Journey Into Ambient Groove 4(CD, Comp) Quango Records 314-524 404-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
8573 82791 2 Tanto Tempo  album cover Bebel Gilberto Tanto Tempo(CD, Album) WEA Records 8573 82791 2 France 2000 Sell This Version
9548-34399-2 Mixed  album cover Strangefruit Mixed(CD, Comp, Mixed) WEA 9548-34399-2 Norway 1996 Sell This Version
8345106092 Stereo Pictures Vol. 03  album cover DJ Vadim Stereo Pictures Vol. 03(CD, Comp, Mixed) MK2 Music, Jazz Fudge 8345106092 UK 2003 Sell This Version
094634 45962 4 Sunny Side Up 5  album cover Various Sunny Side Up 5(CD, Comp) EMI Austria, Radio FM4 094634 45962 4 Austria 2005 Sell This Version
88843039151 Giant  album cover The The Giant(12", Single, RM) Sony Music 88843039151 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
5099967847921 Livingroom.fm Broadcasted Three  album cover Thomas Brunner Livingroom.fm Broadcasted Three(CD, Comp, Mixed) EMI 5099967847921 Switzerland 2011 Sell This Version
5903111340391 Food  album cover Kelis Food(CD, Album) Ninja Tune 5903111340391 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
5903111340995 Black Sands  album cover Bonobo Black Sands(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Ninja Tune, No Paper Records 5903111340995 Poland 2016 Sell This Version
AAM01 Close Encounters: The Mixtape  album cover Airborn Audio Close Encounters: The Mixtape(CD, Promo) Ninja Tune AAM01 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ACIDRA002 Ganja Baby / Diss Mi Army  album cover The Bug Ganja Baby / Diss Mi Army(7", Yel) Acid Ragga, Acid Ragga ACIDRA002 UK 2012 Sell This Version
ALNCD04 AnotherLateNight  album cover Zero 7 AnotherLateNight (Comp) ALNCD04 UK 2002 Sell This Version
ALNCD39 LateNightTales  album cover Jon Hopkins LateNightTales(CD, Ltd, Mixed) LateNightTales ALNCD39 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
ARNR 0103 Diana Garden • La Dolce Vita  album cover Future Loop Foundation Diana Garden • La Dolce Vita(CD, Comp) Amiata Records ARNR 0103 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
BAR16CD2 Man With A Movie Camera  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Man With A Movie Camera(CD, Album, RE) Barcode Records BAR16CD2 Poland 2012 Sell This Version
BARCODE16CD Man With A Movie Camera  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Man With A Movie Camera(CD, Album, RE) Barcode Records BARCODE16CD Poland 2010 Sell This Version
BARCODE17CD Ma Fleur  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE17CD Poland 2007 Sell This Version
Barcode25CD Herbal Tonic  album cover The Herbaliser Herbal Tonic(CD, Comp) Barcode Records Barcode25CD Poland 2010 Sell This Version
BARCODE32CD Foley Room  album cover Amon Tobin Foley Room(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE32CD Poland 2010 Sell This Version
Barcode37CD ISAM  album cover Amon Tobin ISAM(CD, Album) Barcode Records Barcode37CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE 43CD Permutation  album cover Amon Tobin Permutation(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE 43CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE 44CD Bricolage  album cover Amon Tobin Bricolage(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE 44CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE46DVD Live At Koko  album cover Bonobo Live At Koko(DVD-V, Dig) Barcode Records BARCODE46DVD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
Barcode48CD Supermodified  album cover Amon Tobin Supermodified(CD, Album, Dig) Barcode Records Barcode48CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE60CD Chaos Theory - The Soundtrack To Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory  album cover Amon Tobin Chaos Theory - The Soundtrack To Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE60CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE61CD Out From Out Where  album cover Amon Tobin Out From Out Where(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE61CD Poland 2011 Sell This Version
BARCODE70CD Black Sands Remixed  album cover Bonobo Black Sands Remixed(CD, Album) Barcode Records BARCODE70CD Poland 2012 Sell This Version
Barcode74CD Something Wicked This Way Comes  album cover The Herbaliser Something Wicked This Way Comes(CD, Album) Barcode Records Barcode74CD Poland 2012 Sell This Version
Barcode78CD Konfusion  album cover Skalpel Konfusion(CD, Album) Ninja Tune Barcode78CD Poland 2012 Sell This Version
Barcode89CD Sculpture  album cover Skalpel Sculpture(CD, Maxi, Enh, Dig) Barcode Records Barcode89CD Poland 2012 Sell This Version
BD001 Misanthropic  album cover Alpha Prhyme Misanthropic(12") Big Dada Recordings BD001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BD002 Gemini Twins  album cover Asylum (5) Gemini Twins(12") Big Dada Recordings BD002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BD003 Electronic Bombardment  album cover New Flesh For Old Electronic Bombardment(12") Big Dada Recordings BD003 UK 1997 Sell This Version
BD009 Juggle Tings Proper  album cover Roots Manuva Juggle Tings Proper(12") Big Dada Recordings BD009 UK 1999 Sell This Version
bd010 Brand New Second Hand  album cover Roots Manuva Brand New Second Hand (Album) bd010 UK 1999 Sell This Version
bd012 Eye Of The Hurricane  album cover New Flesh For Old Eye Of The Hurricane(12", Single) Big Dada Recordings bd012 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BD013 Equilibrium.  album cover New Flesh For Old Equilibrium.(2xLP, Album) Big Dada Recordings, Big Dada Recordings BD013 UK 1999 Sell This Version
BD056 Groovement / Ha Ha  album cover Ty Groovement / Ha Ha(12") Big Dada Recordings BD056 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BDCD007 Black Whole Styles  album cover Various Black Whole Styles(CD, Comp) Big Dada Recordings BDCD007 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
BDCD010 Brand New Second Hand  album cover Roots Manuva Brand New Second Hand (Album) BDCD010 UK 1999 Sell This Version
bdcds016 Hero Theme / Shampoo Theme  album cover The Infesticons / The Majesticons The Infesticons / The Majesticons - Hero Theme / Shampoo Theme (Maxi) bdcds016 UK 2000 Sell This Version
BDDL 123 Roots Manuva Slime & Version(7xFile, MP3, 256) Big Dada Recordings BDDL 123 UK 2008
BFCD030P Raw Money Raps  album cover Jeremiah Jae Raw Money Raps (Album) BFCD030P UK 2012 Sell This Version
BFDNL044 E s t a r a  album cover Teebs E s t a r a(12xFile, Album, MP3, 320) Brainfeeder BFDNL044 UK, Europe & US 2014
BFDNL044W E s t a r a  album cover Teebs E s t a r a(12xFile, Album, WAV, 16 ) Brainfeeder BFDNL044W UK, Europe & US 2014
BK 57693 Excuses For Bad Behavior, Part 1  album cover Sandra Bernhard Excuses For Bad Behavior, Part 1(CD, Album) 550 Music, Epic, Epic Records Group BK 57693 US 1994 Sell This Version
BLUF4 Bluffer's Guide Volume Four: A Ninja Tune Sampler For Spring 2002  album cover Various Bluffer's Guide Volume Four: A Ninja Tune Sampler For Spring 2002(CD, Comp, Enh, Promo) Ninja Tune BLUF4 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
BLUFF5 Bluffer's Guide Volume Five Spring 2003  album cover Various Bluffer's Guide Volume Five Spring 2003(CD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) Ninja Tune BLUFF5 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
BLUFF 61 Bluffers Guide Volume 6: 2005 Sizzling Summer Sampler  album cover Various Bluffers Guide Volume 6: 2005 Sizzling Summer Sampler(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune BLUFF 61 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
BRC-44 Master Sessions 2  album cover Up, Bustle And Out* & Richard Egües Up, Bustle And Out* & Richard Egües - Master Sessions 2(CD, Album, Enh) Beat Records BRC-44 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
BRC-54 Every Day  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-54 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
BRC-62 U.S.S.R. The Art Of Listening  album cover DJ Vadim U.S.S.R. The Art Of Listening(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-62 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
BRC-98 Sorry I Make You Lush  album cover Wagon Christ Sorry I Make You Lush(CD, Album, Enh) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-98 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-108 On The Wheels Of Solid Steel  album cover DJ Kentaro* On The Wheels Of Solid Steel(CD, Comp, Mixed) Beat Records BRC-108 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRC-117 What We Must  album cover Jaga Jazzist What We Must(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-117 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
BRC-127 Take London  album cover The Herbaliser Take London(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-127 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
BRC-140 Konfusion  album cover Skalpel Konfusion(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-140 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
BRC-142 Sound Mirrors  album cover Coldcut Sound Mirrors(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-142 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-149 Every Day  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Every Day(CD, Album, Enh, RE) Beat Records BRC-149 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-151 Biscuits For Breakfast  album cover Fink Biscuits For Breakfast(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-151 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-158 Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines  album cover Zero dB Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-158 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
BRC-168 Enter  album cover DJ Kentaro* Enter(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-168 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-179 When Robots Go Bad!  album cover Hexstatic When Robots Go Bad!(CD, Album, Enh) Beat Records BRC-179 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-186 The Heavy Great Vengeance And Furious Fire(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-186 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRC-190 You Don't Know: Ninja Cuts  album cover Various You Don't Know: Ninja Cuts (Comp) BRC-190 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-191 Worldwide  album cover TheDeathSet Worldwide(CD) Beat Records BRC-191 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-201 Love To Make Music To  album cover Daedelus Love To Make Music To(CD, Album) Beat Records, Ninja Tune BRC-201 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
BRC-248LTD One-Armed Bandit  album cover Jaga Jazzist One-Armed Bandit(CD, Album) Beat Records, Beat Records BRC-248LTD Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-255 Black Sands  album cover Bonobo Black Sands(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-255 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-257 Running High  album cover Poirier* Running High(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-257 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-265 Spirit In The System  album cover The Qemists Spirit In The System(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-265 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-270 Lost Where I Belong  album cover Andreya Triana Lost Where I Belong(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-270 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-273 Motion  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Motion(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records BRC-273 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-277 Ninja Tune XX: 20th Anniversary Japan Edition - Coldcut vs DJ Kentaro -  album cover Coldcut VS DJ Kentaro* Coldcut VS DJ Kentaro* - Ninja Tune XX: 20th Anniversary Japan Edition - Coldcut vs DJ Kentaro -(2xCD, Comp, Ltd) Beat Records BRC-277 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-279 Soundsystem  album cover The Qemists Soundsystem(CD, Album, Mixed) Beat Records BRC-279 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
BRC-295 ISAM  album cover Amon Tobin ISAM(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-295 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
BRC-313 The Search Engine  album cover DJ Food The Search Engine(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-313 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
BRC-313M Solid Psyche  album cover DJ Food Solid Psyche(CD, Mixed, Promo) Ninja Tune BRC-313M Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-326 Eighty One  album cover Yppah Eighty One(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-326 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-338 Contrast  album cover DJ Kentaro* Contrast(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-338 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-355 Medicine  album cover Pop Levi Medicine(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-355 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRC-368 The North Borders  album cover Bonobo The North Borders(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-368 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-372 Jaga Jazzist Live With Britten Sinfonia  album cover Jaga Jazzist Live With Britten Sinfonia Jaga Jazzist Live With Britten Sinfonia - Jaga Jazzist Live With Britten Sinfonia(CD, Album) Beat Records, Ninja Tune BRC-372 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-372DVD Live With Britten Sinfonia DVD  album cover Jaga Jazzist Live With Britten Sinfonia DVD(DVD, Ltd, Promo) Beat Records, Ninja Tune BRC-372DVD Japan 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-376 Letherette  album cover Letherette Letherette (Album) BRC-376 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-392 Vapor City  album cover Machinedrum* Vapor City(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-392 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
BRC-402 Hazyville  album cover Actress Hazyville(CD, Album, RM) Beat Records BRC-402 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-403 Ghettoville  album cover Actress Ghettoville (Album) BRC-403 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-405 Ghosts Of Then And Now  album cover Illum Sphere Ghosts Of Then And Now(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-405 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-405SS Illum Sphere Solid Steel Mix(CD, Mixed, Promo) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-405SS Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-409 Alternate/Endings  album cover Lee Bannon Alternate/Endings(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-409 Japan 2014 Sell This Version

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ijustspeak

ijustspeak

June 8, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Seems like most stuff released on Ninja Tune these days is mediocre to poor. Even from established artists that are in their prime like Max Graef, and i recently heard sample from Bicep´s track "Aura" from their forthcoming LP due to release in September. Pretty crap in my opinion.
Whenever i see Ninja Tune releases these days, i swiftly avoid them..
Once a glorious label, today a flawed tarnished gem and a embarrassment..
sdwilson

sdwilson

December 23, 2016
Is it just me or are the vinyl pressings always bad?
I have all of the fog wax and they sound like crap and skip.
cyclo-bob

cyclo-bob

July 11, 2016
Since Matt Black & Jonathan More gave the label scepter to some other guys, the label is dying away more and more! So sad, was one of my favorite lebels... Instead of superb releases like the early Bonobo stuff, Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin or Wagon Christ and countless other talented fresh people like Homelife or Super Numeri, we nowadays just get a lot of crap in my opinion. When they began to release rubbish like Zero DB, the Quemist and the Bug in 2006, it was the beginning of the end for me. And look at the label today!? Is there only one good, talented new artist on the label (except the residents like Tobin ect.)? Clearly NOPE! Really sad to see sush a good label going pop shit.

Nobody will even talk about the label in 5 years! Or dose somebody today? Bye Ninja!
Escapist

Escapist

June 14, 2003
Ninjitsu-ass-kickin' stuff from one of the most solid, original and just plain brilliant labels ever! I have never heard of a bad tune from any one of their releases. Big beats, blarin' bass and twisted tunes! When I see the Ninja Tune label I buy it! No foolin' round!
Jooles

Jooles

June 1, 2003
Quality artists releasing quality work - not because they're out to make a fast buck or get their cute mug/arse splashed all over the media, but because there's a real passion for doing something different, groundbreaking. Why can't all labels be like Ninja?
fasolada_stop

fasolada_stop

November 27, 2002
My opinion is that Ninja used to be a great label . Jazz Breaks series are exceptional. Unfortunately the recent releases (with the exception of Mr.Tobin and Wagon Christ) recycle the same Ideas.
djcminor

djcminor

November 20, 2002
Everything on this label is choice. Essential for downtempo fans, and anyone who likes straight up good music.
eiskristall

eiskristall

June 11, 2002
I have the same opinion, Mr. Jay, I noticed the the covers of the Ninja releases when I was looking after some interesting records in the shops. A lot of details in the creative artworks, some of covers have a lot text on it (you read for a while) sending messages or/and the philosophy of the artists. This aestetics gives me the feeling to have something special in my hands. Items for your ear and your eyes.
Mr.Jay

Mr.Jay

September 10, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
Ninja - well wicked, mate. If you're into DJ'ing then get yourself some of the 'Jazz Brakes' series or 'Refried Food' on vinyl and go wikki-wikki mental. Coldcut and DJ Food are the boys that know how to rock any party and are always worth going out of you way to catch play. Mr.Scruff and Kid Koala take things to the next level nicely.

A REAL label - they do damn fine skins too.

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