Ninja Tune Celebrates 20 Years with XX
For as long as we can remember, Ninja Tune has been dropping superb releases from artists that play to the full spectrum of genres. If a turntable prodigy like Kid Koala can share a label with a multi-piece Afrobeat orchestra like Antibalas, we want to hear every release between and beyond.
Well, it has now been 20 years since Ninja Tune dropped their first release, Zen Brakes Vol. 1, quickly followed by DJ Food’s Jazz Brakes Vol. 1, 2, and 3, which find themselves in every DJ’s toolkit to this day. Through the years, Ninja Tune has revolutionized produced music by releasing work from artists like Amon Tobin, Luke Vibert, and the Herbaliser, and scores more. The last decade has seen the label reach into the international pool of alternative producers and musical acts, picking up Canada’s Kid Koala, Norway’s Jaga Jazzist, and America’s Blockhead, among others. The rule has always remained the same: artists that excel at their craft, no matter the style.
To celebrate two decades of killer releases, Ninja Tune is releasing the Ninja Tune XX compilation; two full length CDs and six short run CDs (or 7″s), as well as two exclusive 12″ via mail order. The comp features new tracks from every Ninja Tune artist you can think of, including Roots Manuva, Cinematic Orchestra, The Bug, Wagon Christ, and Jaga Jazzist, as well as tracks from notable guests such as El-P, cLOUDDEAD, Cut Chemist, the Orb, and a fictional monster named King Geedorah, who you might remember as an alias of one MF DOOM.
For this release, there are shows planned all over the world. From London to Tokyo and back again, Ninja Tune artists are on the move this month. Check for a show near you on the Ninja Tune XX event list.
You may also want to have a listen a couple of mixes by Martelo and Eskmo on the XX page.