Ninja Tune

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Ninja Tune is a London-based independent record label started by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More, better known as Coldcut. The label has a strong leaning towards electronic, alternative hip hop, instrumental hip hop, nu jazz, drum and bass, and chillout music.

The label has developed a number of DJs, producers, and live acts. It has offices in Montreal and Los Angeles.



The label was founded in 1990. In 1994 Matt Black's close friend Mixmaster Morris introduced Matt to Openmind - a DJ & design collective in Camberwell - at the Telepathic Fish chill-out club they were running. Openmind included Kevin Foakes aka Strictly Kev of DJ Food. After submitting a re-styled company logo he was employed by Ninja Tune in the capacity of overall design consultant.[1]

Pre-dating Ninja Tune is the radio show Solid Steel, which Coldcut set up in 1988. What initially began as a radio show on then pirate Kiss FM went on to become a weekly podcast and also the name of live nightclub events showcasing the talents of a number of Ninja Tune artists. Solid Steel is also the name of a series of DJ mix CDs from the label.

In 2010, Ninja Tune are celebrating 20 years of releasing music. A book entitled Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats and Pieces was released on 12 August 2010, and an exhibition was held at Black Dog Publishing's Black Dog Space in London showcasing artwork, design and photography from the label's 20 year history. A compilation album is due for release on 20 September. It will be released in two formats - a regular version consisting of two 2-disc volumes, and a limited edition (of 3,500 copies), which will contain 6 CDs, 6 7" vinyl singles, a hardback copy of the book, a poster and additional gifts. Ninja Tune has recently been featured in Rip It Up Magazine where Matt Black discusses their phenomenal success over these past 20 years.

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