Ninja Tune

Ninja Tune

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

Ninja Tune N. America:
1030 N. Alvarado Street #102
Los Angeles
90026
USA
Sites:
[l109]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
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
BRC-409PM Promo Mix  album cover Lee Bannon Promo Mix(CD, Mixed, Promo) Beat Records, Ninja Tune BRC-409PM Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-411 Food  album cover Kelis Food(2xCD, Album) Ninja Tune BRC-411 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-417 Friendly Bacteria  album cover Mr. Scruff Friendly Bacteria(CD, Album + CD, Ltd, Mixed) Beat Records, Beat Records BRC-417 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-420 Angels & Devils  album cover The Bug Angels & Devils(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-420 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-424 The Air Between Words  album cover Martyn The Air Between Words (Album) BRC-424 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-426 The House That Dirt Built  album cover The Heavy The House That Dirt Built(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-426 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-430 Hard Believer = ハード・ビリーヴァー  album cover Fink = フィンク* Fink = フィンク* - Hard Believer = ハード・ビリーヴァー(CD, Album) R'COUP'D, Beat Records BRC-430 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-440 Joined Ends  album cover Dorian Concept Joined Ends(CD, Album + CD, Single, Promo) Beat Records, Beat Records BRC-440 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
BRC-473 Starfire  album cover Jaga Jazzist Starfire (Album) BRC-473 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-473M Untitled   album cover Jvgv Jvzzist* Untitled (CD, Promo) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-473M Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-484 Dark Jovian  album cover Amon Tobin Dark Jovian(CD, EP, Ltd) Beat Records BRC-484 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
BRC-508 Ma Fleur  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur(CD, Album, RE) Beat Records BRC-508 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
BRC-525 Human Energy  album cover Machinedrum* Human Energy(CD, Album) Beat Records BRC-525 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
BRC-537 Migration  album cover Bonobo Migration(CD, Album, Dig) Beat Records BRC-537 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
BRC-566 Cocoa Sugar  album cover Young Fathers Cocoa Sugar(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-566 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
BRC-591 To Believe  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra To Believe(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-591 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
BRC-591TB To Believe  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra To Believe(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-591TB Japan 2019 Sell This Version
BRC-598 Origin  album cover Jordan Rakei Origin(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRC-598 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
BRCD 617 The Rebirth Of Cool Phive  album cover Various The Rebirth Of Cool Phive(CD, Comp) 4th & Broadway, 4th & Broadway BRCD 617 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
BRCDVD-4 Enter The Newground Live!!  album cover DJ Kentaro* Enter The Newground Live!!(DVD-V, NTSC) Beat Records BRCDVD-4 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRCDVD-6 ISAM Live   album cover Amon Tobin ISAM Live (DVD-V, NTSC) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRCDVD-6 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRCDVD-6X ISAM Live   album cover Amon Tobin ISAM Live (CD, Album + DVD-V, NTSC + Ltd) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRCDVD-6X Japan 2012 Sell This Version
BRE-24 Free  album cover DJ Kentaro* Feat. Spank Rock DJ Kentaro* Feat. Spank Rock - Free(CD, EP) Beat Records BRE-24 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
BRE-30 Q Jump!!!  album cover The Qemists Q Jump!!!(CD, EP, Ltd) Beat Records BRE-30 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
BRIII01 The Cool Revolution  album cover Various The Cool Revolution(CD, Comp) Beat Records BRIII01 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
BRZN-138 No Ground Under  album cover Ghislain Poirier No Ground Under(CD) Ninja Tune BRZN-138 UK 2008 Sell This Version
BRZN238 Last Night On The Planet  album cover Letherette Last Night On The Planet(CD, Album, Pap) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRZN238 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
BRZN-243 Compassion  album cover Forest Swords Compassion(CD, Album, Ltd) Ninja Tune, Beat Records BRZN-243 Japan 2017 Sell This Version
BSONCD001 Hurt & The Merciless  album cover The Heavy Hurt & The Merciless(CD, Album, Gat) Bad Son Recording Company BSONCD001 US 2016 Sell This Version
BT 57693 Excuses For Bad Behavior, Part 1  album cover Sandra Bernhard Excuses For Bad Behavior, Part 1(Cass, Album) 550 Music, Epic, Epic Records Group BT 57693 US 1994 Sell This Version
CCA 105003 Chaos Theory  album cover Amon Tobin Chaos Theory(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ninja Tune (2), East Records (3) CCA 105003 Russia 2005 Sell This Version
CDA5DR Video DVD  album cover Mr. Scruff Video DVD(DVD, Single, Promo) Ninja Tune CDA5DR UK 2002 Sell This Version
CD ZEN93 Guru Man Hubcap Lady  album cover Homelife Guru Man Hubcap Lady(CD, Album) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune CD ZEN93 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CHILLBABY01 Chillout2000 ...Now The Party's Over  album cover Various Chillout2000 ...Now The Party's Over(3xCD, Comp + Box) Cartel CHILLBABY01 UK 1999 Sell This Version
CHILLBABY02 Chillout2000 (Volume 2 ...Seriously Chilled!!)  album cover Various Chillout2000 (Volume 2 ...Seriously Chilled!!)(3xCD, Comp + Box) Cartel CHILLBABY02 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CHLT015CD Rapid Transit - A Chocolate Industries Compilation  album cover Various Rapid Transit - A Chocolate Industries Compilation(CD, Comp) Chocolate Industries CHLT015CD US 2000 Sell This Version
CHLT 015 LP Rapid Transit - A Chocolate Industries Compilation  album cover Various Rapid Transit - A Chocolate Industries Compilation(3x12", Comp) Chocolate Industries CHLT 015 LP US 2000 Sell This Version
CID8142 Shaun Of The Dead (Music From The Motion Picture)  album cover Various Shaun Of The Dead (Music From The Motion Picture)(CD, Album, Mixed) Island Records, Island Records CID8142 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CLCD159 Live At The Roundhouse 10.10.2008  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Live At The Roundhouse 10.10.2008(2xCDr, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Concert Live CLCD159 UK 2013 Sell This Version
CLCD467 Live In London  album cover Kelis Live In London(2xCD, Album) Concert Live, Ninja Tune CLCD467 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
CLCD857 Kelis Live In London (Album) CLCD857 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
COUNT007 Great Vengeance & Furious Fire  album cover The Heavy Great Vengeance & Furious Fire (Album) COUNT007 UK 2007 Sell This Version
COUNT010 Never Never Love  album cover Pop Levi Never Never Love(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Counter Records COUNT010 UK 2008 Sell This Version
COUNT028 The House That Dirt Built  album cover The Heavy The House That Dirt Built (Album) COUNT028 UK 2009 Sell This Version
COUNT044 A/B What Makes A Good Man?  album cover The Heavy What Makes A Good Man?(7", Single, Gre) Counter Records COUNT044 A/B US 2012 Sell This Version
COUNT044 C What Makes A Good Man?  album cover The Heavy What Makes A Good Man?(7", Single, Ora) Counter Records COUNT044 C US 2012 Sell This Version
COUNT 046 The Glorious Dead  album cover The Heavy The Glorious Dead(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Counter Records COUNT 046 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
COUNT046X The Glorious Dead (Deluxe Bundle)  album cover The Heavy The Glorious Dead (Deluxe Bundle)(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Gat + CD, Album + 7", Single, Or) Counter Records COUNT046X UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
COUNT077 Hurt & The Merciless  album cover The Heavy Hurt & The Merciless (Album) COUNT077 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
COUNTCD001 Blue Honey  album cover Pop Levi Blue Honey (EP) COUNTCD001 UK 2006 Sell This Version
COUNTCD002P Sugar Assault Me Now  album cover Pop Levi Sugar Assault Me Now(CD, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD002P UK 2006 Sell This Version
COUNTCD003 The Return To Form Black Magick Party  album cover Pop Levi The Return To Form Black Magick Party(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD003 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
COUNTCD006P That Kind Of Man  album cover The Heavy That Kind Of Man(CD, Single, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD006P UK 2007 Sell This Version
COUNTCD007 Great Vengeance And Furious Fire  album cover The Heavy Great Vengeance And Furious Fire(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD007 Canada 2007 Sell This Version
COUNTCD007P Great Vengeance And Furious Fire  album cover The Heavy Great Vengeance And Furious Fire(CD, Album, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD007P UK 2007 Sell This Version
COUNTCD007X Great Vengeance And Furious Fire  album cover The Heavy Great Vengeance And Furious Fire(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD007X UK 2007 Sell This Version
COUNTCD009P Never Never Love  album cover Pop Levi Never Never Love(CD, Single, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD009P UK 2008 Sell This Version
COUNTCD010 Never Never Love  album cover Pop Levi Never Never Love(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD010 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
COUNTCD010P Never Never Love  album cover Pop Levi Never Never Love(CD, Album, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD010P UK 2008 Sell This Version
COUNTCD028 The House That Dirt Built  album cover The Heavy The House That Dirt Built (Album) COUNTCD028 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
COUNTCD033 Everyone I Ever Met  album cover Spokes Everyone I Ever Met(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD033 UK 2011 Sell This Version
COUNTCD033P Everyone I Ever Met  album cover Spokes Everyone I Ever Met(CD, Album, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD033P UK 2010 Sell This Version
COUNTCD035P Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap  album cover TheDeathSet Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap(CD, Single, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD035P UK 2011 Sell This Version
COUNTCD037P Motorcycle 666  album cover Pop Levi Motorcycle 666(CD, Single, Pro) Counter Records COUNTCD037P UK 2011 Sell This Version
COUNTCD041P There Is  album cover Jono McCleery There Is(CD, Album, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD041P UK 2011 Sell This Version
COUNTCD044P What Makes A Good Man?  album cover The Heavy What Makes A Good Man?(CD, Single, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD044P UK 2012 Sell This Version
COUNTCD045 Medicine  album cover Pop Levi Medicine(CD, Album) Counter Records COUNTCD045 UK 2012 Sell This Version
COUNTCD046 The Glorious Dead  album cover The Heavy The Glorious Dead (Album) COUNTCD046 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
COUNTCD046P The Glorious Dead  album cover The Heavy The Glorious Dead(CDr, Album, Promo, Wat) Counter Records COUNTCD046P UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
COUNTCD52 In Return  album cover Odesza In Return (Album) COUNTCD52 US 2014 Sell This Version
COUNTCD077 Hurt & The Merciless  album cover The Heavy Hurt & The Merciless(CD, Album, Gat) Counter Records COUNTCD077 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
COUNTCD077P Hurt & The Merciless  album cover The Heavy Hurt & The Merciless(CDr, Album, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCD077P Europe 2016 Sell This Version
COUNTCDS034P We Can Make It Out  album cover Spokes We Can Make It Out(CD, Single, Promo) Counter Records COUNTCDS034P UK 2010 Sell This Version
COUNTDVD002P Live (DVD)  album cover Pop Levi Live (DVD)(DVD-V, Promo) Counter Records COUNTDVD002P UK 2007 Sell This Version
CS 001 Scratchcratchratchatch  album cover Kid Koala Scratchcratchratchatch(Cass, Mixed, RE) Ninja Tune CS 001 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CVOS 1021 The Art Of Zen Relaxation Volume 2  album cover Various The Art Of Zen Relaxation Volume 2(CD, Comp) Creative Vibes, Ninja Tune CVOS 1021 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
DFTD427D On Acid  album cover Toddla T Sound On Acid(3xFile, MP3, 320) Defected DFTD427D UK 2014
DG011 Rockin U EP  album cover Slugabed Rockin U EP(12", Ltd, W/Lbl) Ninja Tune DG011 UK 2012 Sell This Version
DNO 148 To Build A Home  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra To Build A Home(7", Single) Domino USA DNO 148 US 2007 Sell This Version
DNO 151 Ma Fleur  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Ma Fleur (Album) DNO 151 US 2007 Sell This Version
DRIVE 1 Curfew  album cover Drive Curfew DRIVE 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
DRIVE CD1 Curfew  album cover Drive Curfew(CD, Maxi) Ninja Tune DRIVE CD1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Duration 001 Duration  album cover Sixtoo Duration(LP, Album, Ltd) Audio Boxcutter Duration 001 US 2002 Sell This Version
EDVR-001 Free  album cover DJ Kentaro* Free(12") Endeavor Entertainment EDVR-001 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
EK 91627 Dark Angel (The Original TV Series Soundtrack)  album cover Various Dark Angel (The Original TV Series Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) Artemis Records, Epic, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Music EK 91627 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
ETHCD007 The BBC Sessions (Vol. 1)  album cover Gilles Peterson The BBC Sessions (Vol. 1)(2xCD, Comp) Ether ETHCD007 UK 2005 Sell This Version
EX-316-2 Earthrise.ntone.1  album cover Various Earthrise.ntone.1(2xCD, Comp) Instinct Records EX-316-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
fabric201 Fabric Presents Bonobo  album cover Bonobo Fabric Presents Bonobo(CD, Mixed) Fabric (2) fabric201 UK 2019 Sell This Version
F&F030 Motion  album cover The Cinematic Orchestra Motion(CD, Album) Form & Function F&F030 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
FIN 003 Findomestic Jazz Exploring Vol.3 ("Change")  album cover Various Findomestic Jazz Exploring Vol.3 ("Change")(CD, Comp) Schema Records Special Marketing FIN 003 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
FINK1CD1 Threesome  album cover Fink Threesome(3xCD, Mixed, Promo) Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune FINK1CD1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
FINKKCRW KCRW Presents...Fink In Session.  album cover Fink KCRW Presents...Fink In Session.(CD, EP) Ninja Tune, KCRW FINKKCRW UK 2010 Sell This Version
FINKPR001 Biscuits For Breakfast - Radio Sampler  album cover Fink Biscuits For Breakfast - Radio Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Ninja Tune FINKPR001 USA & Canada 2006 Sell This Version
FLCG-3041 Discord (Gütninja Remixes)  album cover Ryuichi Sakamoto Discord (Gütninja Remixes)(CD, Album) Güt, For Life Records FLCG-3041 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
GDV-21113 Rewind DVD  album cover Hexstatic Rewind DVD(DVD-V, Album, NTSC) GasDVD, DesignEXchange Co., Ltd. GDV-21113 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
GIRLSCDS009P Stars  album cover Roses Gabor Stars(CD, Single, Promo) Girls Music GIRLSCDS009P UK 2012 Sell This Version

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haemingw

haemingw

May 10, 2019
edited 17 days ago
When Ninja Tune started to change their face with their Ninja Tune XX box I was like "Well, they can't do NuJazz for the rest of their time. They have to evolve and try something new." So I stayed curious. But listening to them now is not what I expected to happen. Ninja Tune became commercial radio. Apart from the statistically expected exceptions there is hardly any distinction. Even their sublabels are nothing more than mediocre (at best). This strategy might have saved them financially to be fair. But, well... I wish there would have been alternative paths to stroll along. I mean, even Amon Tobin has left the ship now!
ijustspeak

ijustspeak

June 8, 2017
edited over 2 years 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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