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:
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
ZENDNLS286 Watch Me Dance  album cover Toddla T & Roots Manuva Toddla T & Roots Manuva - Watch Me Dance (EP, Single) ZENDNLS286 UK 2011
ZENDNLS286S Watch Me Dance  album cover Toddla T With Roots Manuva Toddla T With Roots Manuva - Watch Me Dance(File, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS286S UK 2011
ZENDNLS288 Wobble Control  album cover Mr. Scruff Wobble Control(2xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS288 UK 2011
ZENDNLS289 Moonbeam Rider EP  album cover Slugabed Moonbeam Rider EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS289 UK 2011
ZENDNLS290 I'm On Fire EP  album cover Stateless (2) I'm On Fire EP(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS290 UK 2011
ZENDNLS291 Pretend / Professional Loving  album cover Emika Pretend / Professional Loving(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS291 UK 2011
ZENDNLS292 Surge  album cover Amon Tobin Surge (Single) ZENDNLS292 UK 2011
ZENDNLS293 Temporary External  album cover Loka Temporary External(4xFile, MP3, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS293 UK 2011
ZENDNLS294 Overwhelmed EP  album cover Daedelus Overwhelmed EP(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS294 UK 2011
ZENDNLS295S Not Asleep, Not Awake  album cover Raffertie Not Asleep, Not Awake(File, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS295S UK 2011
ZENDNLS296 Visual Acuity  album cover Raffertie Visual Acuity(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS296 UK 2011
ZENDNLS297 Feel It! / Bounce  album cover Mr. Scruff Feel It! / Bounce(2xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS297 UK 2011
ZENDNLS298 Atlantis  album cover Falty Dl* Atlantis(4xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS298 UK 2011
ZENDNLS298W Atlantis  album cover Falty Dl* Atlantis(4xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS298W UK 2011
ZENDNLS299 Magpies, Maps And Moons  album cover DJ Food Magpies, Maps And Moons(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS299 UK 2011
ZENDNLS300 Streets So Warm  album cover Toddla T feat. Wayne Marshall Toddla T feat. Wayne Marshall - Streets So Warm(5xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS300 UK 2011
ZENDNLS301 Sun Too Bright Turn It Off  album cover Slugabed Sun Too Bright Turn It Off(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS301 UK 2011
ZENDNLS302 Open The Pod Bay Doors  album cover Starkey Open The Pod Bay Doors(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS302 UK 2011
ZENDNLS303B Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise (Remixes)  album cover Fink Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise (Remixes)(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS303B UK 2011
ZENDNLS304 Pray  album cover Deco Child Pray(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS304 UK 2012
ZENDNLS306 Mass Appeal  album cover Raffertie Mass Appeal(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS306 UK 2012
ZENDNLS308 3 Hours  album cover Emika 3 Hours(5xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS308 UK 2012
ZENDNLS311 Sex  album cover Slugabed Sex(4xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS311 UK 2012
ZENDNLS313 Step In  album cover DJ Kentaro* Step In(2xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS313 UK 2012
ZENDNLS314 Open The Pod Bay Doors (Remix)  album cover Starkey Open The Pod Bay Doors (Remix)(3xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS314 UK 2012
ZENDNLS315 D. Song  album cover Yppah D. Song(File, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS315 UK 2012
ZENDNLS316 Moon Money EP  album cover Hot Sugar Moon Money EP(9xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS316 UK 2012
ZENDNLS316W Moon Money EP  album cover Hot Sugar Moon Money EP(9xFile, WAV, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS316W UK 2012
ZENDNLS318 The Illectrik Hoax  album cover DJ Food & Amorphous Androgynous, The* DJ Food & Amorphous Androgynous, The* - The Illectrik Hoax(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS318 UK & Europe 2012
ZENDNLS319 Chemical Fever  album cover Emika Chemical Fever(5xFile, MP3) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS319 UK 2012
ZENDNLS319W Chemical Fever  album cover Emika Chemical Fever(5xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS319W UK 2012
ZENDNLS320 Mountains Come Out Of The Sky  album cover Slugabed Mountains Come Out Of The Sky(6xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS320 UK 2012
ZENDNLS320P Mountains Come Out Of The Sky  album cover Slugabed Mountains Come Out Of The Sky(CD, Single, Promo) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS320P UK 2012 Sell This Version
ZENDNLS320W Mountains Come Out Of The Sky  album cover Slugabed Mountains Come Out Of The Sky(6xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS320W UK 2012
ZENDNLS323 Wings  album cover The Invisible (2) Wings(4xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS323 UK 2012
ZENDNLS323W Wings  album cover The Invisible (2) Wings(4xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS323W UK 2012
ZENDNLS324 Ghosst  album cover Lorn (2) Ghosst(File, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS324 UK 2012
ZENDNLS324W Ghosst  album cover Lorn (2) Ghosst(File, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS324W UK 2012
ZENDNLS325 Pieces  album cover Grasscut Pieces(3xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS325 UK 2012
ZENDNLS326 S&G  album cover Deco Child S&G(3xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS326 UK 2012
ZENDNLS327 Ghosst(s)  album cover Lorn (2) Ghosst(s)(3xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS327 UK 2012
ZENDNLS328 Protection  album cover The Invisible (2) Protection(3xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS328 UK 2012
ZENDNLS330 Featurette  album cover Letherette Featurette(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS330 UK 2012
ZENDNLS331 Weigh Me Down  album cover Lorn (2) Weigh Me Down(6xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS331 UK 2012
ZENDNLS331W Weigh Me Down  album cover Lorn (2) Weigh Me Down(6xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS331W UK 2012
ZENDNLS332 2 Bit Blues X 6 Bit Blues  album cover Kid Koala 2 Bit Blues X 6 Bit Blues(2xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS332 UK 2012
ZENDNLS332W 2 Bit Blues X 6 Bit Blues  album cover Kid Koala 2 Bit Blues X 6 Bit Blues(2xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS332W UK 2012
ZENDNLS333 Halo  album cover Shuttle (2) Halo (EP) ZENDNLS333 UK 2012
ZENDNLS333W Halo  album cover Shuttle (2) Halo(5xFile, WAV, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS333W UK 2012
ZENDNLS334 Alive  album cover Toddla T & Shola Ama Toddla T & Shola Ama - Alive(4xFile, FLAC, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS334 UK 2012
ZENDNLS337 Straight & Arrow  album cover FaltyDL Straight & Arrow(4xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS337 UK 2012
ZENDNLS337W Straight & Arrow  album cover FaltyDL Straight & Arrow(4xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS337W UK 2012
ZENDNLS342X Generational  album cover The Invisible (2) Generational ZENDNLS342X UK 2012
ZENDNLS343 She Sleeps  album cover FaltyDL She Sleeps(7xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS343 UK 2013
ZENDNLS346 D&T  album cover Letherette D&T(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS346 UK 2013
ZENDNLS346W D&T  album cover Letherette D&T(5xFile, WAV, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS346W UK 2013
ZENDNLS348 Kikkake Remixes  album cover DJ Kentaro* Kikkake Remixes(5xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS348 UK 2012
ZENDNLS349 Fire In My Hands  album cover Jono McCleery Fire In My Hands(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS349 UK 2013
ZENDNLS349W Fire In My Hands  album cover Jono McCleery Fire In My Hands(2xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS349W UK 2013
ZENDNLS350W Build Me Up  album cover Raffertie Build Me Up(4xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS350W UK 2013
ZENDNLS351 Patchwork EP  album cover Szjerdene Patchwork EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS351 UK 2013
ZENDNLS352W Aroo  album cover King Midas Sound Aroo(2xFile, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS352W UK 2013
ZENDNLS353 Filthy  album cover The Bug Filthy ZENDNLS353 UK 2013
ZENDNLS355 Skinless EP  album cover Deco Child Skinless EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS355 UK 2013
ZENDNLS356 Step In / North South East West Remixes  album cover DJ Kentaro* Step In / North South East West Remixes(3xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS356 UK 2012
ZENDNLS357 Cirrus  album cover Bonobo Cirrus(File, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS357 UK 2013
ZENDNLS357W Cirrus  album cover Bonobo Cirrus(File, WAV) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS357W UK 2013
ZENDNLS359 Searching  album cover Emika Searching(3xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS359 UK 2013
ZENDNLS359W Searching  album cover Emika Searching(3xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS359W UK 2013
ZENDNLS360W Centuries  album cover Emika Centuries(3xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS360W UK 2013
ZENDNLS361X Worst Enemy  album cover Toddla T Sound Worst Enemy(3xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS361X UK 2013
zendnls363 Warm Shadow  album cover Fink Warm Shadow(4xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune zendnls363 UK & Europe 2013
ZENDNLS363W Warm Shadow  album cover Fink Warm Shadow(4xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS363W UK & Europe 2013
ZENDNLS364S Song For A Friend  album cover Andreya Triana Song For A Friend(File, MP3, Single) Sing It Loud Records, Ninja Tune ZENDNLS364S UK & Europe 2013
ZENDNLS366W First Fires  album cover Bonobo First Fires(4xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS366W UK 2013
ZENDNLS366X First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)  album cover Bonobo Feat. Grey Reverend Bonobo Feat. Grey Reverend - First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)(File, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS366X UK 2013
ZENDNLS366XW First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)  album cover Bonobo Feat. Grey Reverend Bonobo Feat. Grey Reverend - First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)(File, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS366XW UK 2013
ZENDNLS367 Eyesdontlie  album cover Machinedrum* Eyesdontlie(2xFile, MP3, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS367 UK 2013
ZENDNLS367W Eyesdontlie  album cover Machinedrum* Eyesdontlie(2xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS367W UK 2013
ZENDNLS368 Rain  album cover Raffertie Rain(4xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS368 UK 2013
ZENDNLS368W Rain  album cover Raffertie Rain(4xFile, WAV, Single, 16 ) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS368W UK 2013
ZENDNLS369 After Dawn  album cover Letherette After Dawn(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS369 UK 2013
ZENDNLS376 Place/Crusher  album cover Lee Bannon Place/Crusher(File, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS376 UK 2013
ZENDNLS376W Place/Crusher  album cover Lee Bannon Place/Crusher(File, WAV, EP, 16 ) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS376W UK 2013
ZENDNLS378 Fenris District  album cover Machinedrum* Fenris District(5xFile, WAV, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS378 Europe 2014
ZENDNLS 379 Ten Tigers.  album cover Bonobo Ten Tigers. ZENDNLS 379 UK 2014
ZENDNLS380 Do U C Me Tho / U Right  album cover Slugabed Do U C Me Tho / U Right(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS380 UK 2013
ZENDNLS380W Do U C Me Tho / U Right  album cover Slugabed Do U C Me Tho / U Right(2xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS380W UK 2013
ZENDNLS381 Sleeprunner  album cover Illum Sphere Sleeprunner(3xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS381 UK 2013
ZENDNLS382R Jerk Ribs  album cover Kelis Jerk Ribs(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS382R 2014
ZENDNLS382RW Jerk Ribs  album cover Kelis Jerk Ribs(6xFile, WAV, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS382RW 2014
ZENDNLS384 Closer  album cover Evy Jane Closer(4xFile, FLAC, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS384 UK 2014
ZENDNLS384S Closer  album cover Evy Jane Closer(File, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS384S UK 2014
ZENDNLS385R Rumble (Actress Sixinium Bootleg Mix)  album cover Kelis Rumble (Actress Sixinium Bootleg Mix)(2xFile, FLAC) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS385R 2014
ZENDNLS387 Dark Jovian  album cover Amȯn Tȯbin* Dark Jovian ZENDNLS387 UK 2015
ZENDNLS387WH Dark Jovian  album cover Amon Tobin Dark Jovian(8xFile, WAV, 24b) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS387WH UK & Europe 2015
ZENDNLS388 Exit  album cover The Bug Exit(6xFile, FLAC, EP) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS388 UK 2014
ZENDNLS392 Rumble  album cover Kelis Rumble(4xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS392 UK 2014
ZENDNLS392W Rumble  album cover Kelis Rumble(4xFile, WAV, Single) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS392W UK 2014
ZENDNLS393 Glassbeadgames (8 Hours At Fabric Dub)  album cover Martyn, Four Tet Martyn, Four Tet - Glassbeadgames (8 Hours At Fabric Dub)(File, FLAC) Ninja Tune ZENDNLS393 UK 2014

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haemingw

haemingw

May 10, 2019
edited 23 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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