Ninja Tune is an independent record label based in London, England, created in 1990 by the duo known as Coldcut: pioneers of the emerging hip-hop/electro scene in the eighties. Inspired by a visit to Japan, Matt Black & Jonathon More primarily created Ninja Tune to release music of a more underground, experimental nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels (the restraints they themselves experienced during brief stints with Arista and Big Life.)

Their initial releases were quickly heralded by the press and music afficionados simultaneously. The five volumes of 'DJ Food - Jazz Brakes', saw Coldcut adopt a different moniker in order to release the hypnotic, instrumental hip-hop they'd been working on. Hugely influential on the burgeoning electronic music scene, the releases are still regarded as classics to this day.

Ninja Tune went on to achieve notoriety for its singularly irreverant, funky style and commitment to eclecticism. Despite the releases having a shared attitude and ethos, a constantly growing roster of very different sounding artists was key to the label's success. The darkly imagined, melodically industrial d&b of Amon Tobin was contrasted by the playful, colourful funk of Mr Scruff; DJ Food's line up encompassed Strictly Kev and PC, who went on to craft boundary breaking electronica. In 1997, journalist Will Ashon founded Big Dada as a hip hop imprint of Ninja Tune, and the sub-label went on to release classic records by Diplo, Roots Manuva, Wiley and Spank Rock, amongst others.

With the musical and multi-media, cut n' paste innovation of Black and More, the studio know-how and musical expertise of artists such as Bonobo, Illum Sphere, Actress, Kid Koala and The Bug, 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. Satellite offices have opened in Los Angeles and Montreal, and the label has established an excellent reputation and strong networks across the globe.

Ninja Tune now also acts as an umbrella for other creative hot houses such as Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and the brilliant Werkdiscs, the label founded by Actress. In this way, Ninja continues to release uncompromising, forward looking music in the highest quality packaging and most professional fashion. The label's aim is not to be underground, but to win the most exposure possible for the most exciting music there is.

Ninja Tune   Ninja Tune, London, Britain (UK)

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  • Kelis - 'Food' Remixes 6 tracks, 29.25 Ninja Tune on February 10, 2014 11:14

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    1. 1. Kelis - 'Runnin' (Machinedrum Remix) by Ninja Tune 5.14 97994 plays
    2. 2. Kelis - Rumble (Breach Remix) by Ninja Tune 3.23 132857 plays
    3. 3. Kelis - Jerk Ribs (Mount Kimbie Remix) by Ninja Tune 3.48 235637 plays
    4. 4. Kelis - 'Jerk Ribs' (Ben Pearce Extended Mix) by Ninja Tune 5.56 91441 plays
    5. 5. Premiere: Kelis 'Jerk Ribs' (Will Saul & Komon Remix) by Mixmag 6.26 94445 plays
    6. 6. Kelis - Jerk Ribs (Beatnik Remix) by statisbeatnik 4.36 2830 plays
  • Teebs - 'E s t a r a' Selections 2 tracks, 6.55 Ninja Tune on February 06, 2014 16:23

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    1. 1. Teebs - Holiday (feat. Jonti) by BRAINFEEDER 4.16 130278 plays
    2. 2. Teebs - View Point by BRAINFEEDER 2.38 173356 plays
  • Illum Sphere - 'Spectre Vex' Tracks 4 tracks, 25.18 Ninja Tune on April 09, 2014 11:27

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    1. 1. Illum Sphere - Spectre Vex by Ninja Tune 8.48 88175 plays
    2. 2. Illum Sphere - Sleeprunner (Zed Bias Remix) by Ninja Tune 5.27 77728 plays
    3. 3. Premiere: Illum Sphere 'Embryonic' (Legowelt remix) by Mixmag 6.21 23105 plays
    4. 4. Illum Sphere - 'Embryonic' (Lone Remix) by Ninja Tune 4.41 60080 plays
  • Machinedrum - 'Fenris District' Tracks 3 tracks, 13.29 Ninja Tune on March 02, 2014 12:43

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    1. 1. Machinedrum - Back Seat Ho 4.32 128693 plays
    2. 2. Machinedrum - Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix) 3.04 138880 plays
    3. 3. Machinedrum - 'Eyesdontlie' (Sherwood & Pinch Remix) 5.52 45161 plays
  • Mr. Scruff - 'Render Me' Feat. Denis Jones 1 track, 4.42 Ninja Tune on February 24, 2014 16:27

    1. 1. Premiere: Mr. Scruff 'Render Me' Feat. Denis Jones by Mixmag 4.42 107430 plays

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