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Ninja Tune artists favourite Ninja Tune tracks

Amon Tobin: Funki Porcini "White Slave"
"This track haunts my shorts. so effortless, so horny, so completely simple and brilliant. I'll never forget going to funki's studio back when I was starting out. as starstruck as I was it remains one of the few occasions when someone I'd admired turned out to be even cooler than I imagined."

Strictly Kev/DJ Food: Neotropic "The Man Who Catches Clouds"
"Utterly beautiful and original, the whole album is incredible from beginning to end but if I had to pick one track this would be it. Based on a simple loop that doesn't even loop in a normal manner, this still makes the hairs on my neck stand on end. Riz Maslen really deserves much more recognition for her work."

Kid Koala: Amon Tobin "Slowly"
"I played this track at one of our 'Music to Draw to' events. This girl drew a page full of (maybe two hundred) mermaids and knights. Who else but Mr. Tobin could make a track that would inspire someone to draw that?!"

Toddla T: Mr Scruff "Ug"
"This record made soo much sense next to the Dancehall & electronic dance stuff DJ's used to play in Sheffield when i 1st started goin out partying.... CLASSIC"

Fink: The Cinematic Orchestra "To Build A Home"
"Why - basically - when me, and i imagine any other ninja who was there, saw J Swinscoe sell oiut the Barbican in the early noughties - we were blown away - the future had arrived - J really led the way for the "new stable" of artists signed in what might be considered the second wave of ninja - Bonobo, Scruff, Fink, TCO - this track - subtle and beautiful, has Patrick Watson at the peak of his powers - and TCO at the subtlest of theirs....majestic, career defining stuff..."

Jon More (Coldcut): Emika "Drop The Other"
"The sound of young ninja, a wonderful fusion of past present and future."

Funki Porcini: Coldcut "Atomic Moog"
"Atomic Moog a true driving dance floor ride with a somewhat exaggerated pay off"

Jake Wherry (The Herbaliser): Roots Manuva "Witness The Fitness (One Hope)"
"This wins for me for a number of reasons: It's one of the most powerful tools in my Dj arsenal- one of a very few british rap tunes that rocks it on both sides of the Atlantic.. it's a brilliant track to change over from another Dj, despite it being slow it still rocks any crowd SO hard Lastly I think it's quintessentially Ninja!"

Roots Manuva: Mr Scruff "Get A Move On"
"I heard this tune on acetate in 1998 on the "No Skool" my first tour with ninja. It blow my mindthen and has alway had a special place in
heart because i have seen the track grow into an internationally reckognised anthem. I hear it everywhere from festival to health spas and i was one of the firstto hear it. My friend are bored me going dewy eyed talking about the tour that broke me in."

Matt Black (Coldcut): Funki Porcini "It's a Long Road"
"Kind of epitomised a certain moment in the evolution of the scene where i lot of people taking E realised they could have an even better time chilling out, its got a very lushed up feeling to it."

DELS: Roots Manuva "Witness The Fitness (One Hope)"
"Modern day CLASSIC. Timeless. Every time that track drops, I can't help but nod my head in appreciation.Definitely in my top 10 Hip-Hop tunes of all time."

Martin Hornveth (Jaga Jazzist): The Cinematic Orchestra "Durian"
"Durian" and the whole "Motion" album by The Cinematic Orchestra was a big inspiration for us when it came out. At that time there was a lot of sample and dj based music and we loved that TCO made actual songs and great arrangements. We listened a lot to that album when we made our "A Livingroom Hush" album"

Andreya Triana: Fink "If Only"
"Fink is definitely one of my favourite singer and songwriters. The lyrics of this track are heartbreaking and really cut to the bone, it gets to me every time I listen to it. Beautiful track!"

Chris Vogado (zero dB): DJ Food "Freedom"
"It was at a time when I actually worked at the label (£50 quid a week mind!!!) with just Matt, Jon, (Coldcut) and PC (then DJ Food) Peter (Ninja head honcho) and Kev (now DJ Food) had just started doing graphic design for them, It was released on DJ Food 5 as I remember, it jumped out of the album as special, and just seemed so way ahead of it's time then, and still sounds pretty good now. It was one of the tunes that really inspired me to get to know the inside out of my s900. Intricate sampling and drum programming (especially for the time), but with so much soul and emotion caught, with the genious double tempo swap mid-way which always causes a stir on dance floor, it's simply a great uplifting forward thinking revisit to afrobeat, So much so that it was the first record we remixed as zero dB, although still unreleased!? Pete?"

Emika: The Cinematic Orchestra "All Things To All Men"
"The opening 3 and a half minutes is exquisite music which washes over you and then as if from no where Roots appears and is All Things To All Men. The whole composition is sensational, simple and raw, its everything I look for in music."

DJ Vadim: New Flesh "Wherever We Go"
'This should of blown up and not that chipmunk garbage on the radio. innovative, fresh and very british and very dope. totally underated."

Mr Scruff: Luke Vibert "Get Your Head Down"
"I remember hearing this track in a record shop in london, and thinking how odd, fresh & unique it sounded. I have always loved Luke's music, and this is probably my favourite."

Robin Brunson (Hexstatic): Funki Porcini "It's A Long Road"
"Bought the Funkjazztical Tricknology: Ninja Cuts 1 comp from a market stall on Portobello Road,... which was essentially my introduction to Ninja Tune. Typified what I think was a long hot summer,..laid back lazy beats,..meandering,..lovely jazzy chilled out music. Got me into his more frenetic stuff. Two years later when I hooked up with Stuart and starting working for Coldcut I met all these people I'd been listening to. James was the most surprising,..i thought he was some kid making music on an Atari in a bedroom,..but there was James,..all loud and bold,..and dare I say more mature than I thought,..a real Bon Vivuer and one of the loveliest, most interesting people you could meet."

Eskmo: Amon Tobin "Slowly"
"My favorite Ninja track because it encompasses a wide range of musical ideas, textures and tones. This is one of the first tracks I heard back in the day that got me to really start seeing the power in ambient noise and sound design. Aside from the tonal qualities and melodies, the track instantly brings me back to a nostalgic time period where I knew music was what I wanted to focus on."

King Cannibal: Cinematic Orchestra "Ode To The Big Sea"
"Its so hard to pick a single song to out of a catalogue this vast. Cinematic Orchestra on their debut album really hit me hard and showed me that it is possible for a guy like me in a room at a computer to create real organic beautiful music, no doubt this may seem odd coming from a man named King Cannibal, but to know the darkness you need to familiarise yourself with the light - and for me Cinematic Orchestra is Ninja Tunes shining beacon. This and material like Dj Food's The Crow push me to better myself and always strive for progression in the music i make."

DK: DJ Food "Scratch Yer Head (Squarepusher Mix)"
"A track with a complex pattern of beats for most of the first half, which breaks down to the most lush keys and bass line that still gives me goose bumps to this day. But it's just the calm before the storm as the beats come back and build to a climatic frenzy. Pretty much just 3 elements that make one of the most exciting and soulful pieces of electronic music."

Cougar: The Infesticons "Hero Theme"
"Because it's a total anthem. Because Mike is hilarious. Because the beat is horn-happy. Because he talks about Jackie Onassis, and follows it with "MCs sound the same like onomatopoeias". Genius."

Blockhead: Bonobo "Flutter"
"For the first time I heard this song it was hypnotic. It definitely fills the space perfectly between a hip hop track and something more organic and light."


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tater tater ·  12 August 2010, 21:29

how about some links to the mp3s? emedding the tracks, maybe? or at least links to buy them. geez, welcome to the digital age paris djs.

sooor sooor ·  15 August 2010, 21:37

interesting read...
would love to see this kind of report for other labels as well :)

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