The venerable electronic label Ninja Tune is celebrating 20 years of being in business in style, after hanging tough and forging their own path in a hard-scrabble music industry.
Ninja Tune was started by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More (Coldcut) in 1993 as an independent label with a distinct vibe, leaning towards electronic, drum and bass, nu jazz, chill and experimental hip hop. They've had imprints Ntone and Big Dada in the past, and aMotion Audio was recently created as another side arm for Ninja Tune.
"... two young DJ/producers, fresh from their success with the likes of household names such as Yazz and Lisa Stansfield as well as in their own right, returned from a tour of Japan sick of major label bullsh*t and decided to set up on their own. These two fresh-faced young men, Jon More and Matt Black, collectively known as Coldcut, made NINJA TUNE," reads their announcement.
To celebrate, they'll give away 20 exclusive items in the oncoming weeks via their new NinjaTune XX web site, starting with two songs from the beginning. After that, free items will include rare material, mixes, merchandise and new videos.
"First released in 1990, and bearing the trademark production quality of Coldcut (recording under the moniker Bogus Order), 'Zen Bones' is from the first Ninja Tune album, 'Zen Brakes Vol.1' and 'Da Sound Of Zen' is from our very first 12". Listen to where it all began."
But the bigger prize is the deluxe box set titled Ninja Tune XX, full of new and exclusive material by Ninja Tune artists. It will include new music from Ninja Tune artists like Daedelus, Amon Tobin, Roots Manuva, Luke Vibert and more. Remixes include Autechre, El-P and El-B, Modeselektor, Gold Panda, Micachu, Gaslamp Killer, and more.