Ninja Tune

Best of 2018

To close out 2018, here is our 3.5 hour best of 2018. The tracks from artists and releases we’ve loved through this fantastic year. In 2018 we have played over 400 unique independent artists, and this selection has just 30 of them.

Thank you so much for your support this year, we will be back mid-January.

Tracklisting
Sophie – Ponyboy (Transgressive Records, UK)
700 Bliss – Cosmic Slop (Halcyon Veil, USA / Don Giovanni Records, USA)
Colin Stetson – Fallout (Anacapamusic, USA)
Jlin – The Abyss of Doubt (Planet Mu, UK)
Anna von Hausswolff – The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (City Slang, Germany)
Ko Shin Moon & Simple Symmetry – Halay (Cornelius Doctor Lonley Mix) (Hard Fist, France)
Lucrecia Dalt – Tar (RVNG Intl, USA)
Slikback – Bantu Zen (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Gazelle Twin – Better in My Day (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, UK)
WaqWaq Kingdom – Ceremony of Vision (Jahtari, Germany)
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Ohsh (Mello Music Group, USA)
Kamasi Washington – Fists of Fury (Young Turks, UK)
Amnesia Scanner – AS Unlinear feat. Pan Daijing (PAN, Germany)
Hilary Woods – Kith (Sacred Bones, USA)
Nazar – Warning Shots (Hyperdub, UK)
Low – Dancing and Blood (Sub Pop Records, USA)
Cucina Povera – Huhuilu (Night School Records, UK)
Marie Davidson – Work It (Ninja Tune, UK)
Throwing Snow – Vulpine (Houndstooth, UK)
Gnod – Donovan’s Daughters (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Anthroprophh – Housing Act 1980 (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Khalab – Cannavaro feat. Clap! Clap! (On the Corner, UK)
Emanative – Spice Roots feat. Nat Birchall (Jazzman Records, UK)
Ecko Bazz – Tuli Banyo (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Rival Consoles – Dreamer’s Wake (Erased Tapes, UK)
Tomás Urquieta – La Sustancia de la Materia (Infinite Machine, Mexico)
Sealionwoman – Remain (Antigen Records, UK)
Hekla – Muddle (Phantom Limb, UK)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs –  Shockmaster (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Pisitakun – SOSLEEP03 (Chinabot, UK)

#210 – Favourites of 2018 (not the best of 2018) – part two

We continue our journey through the exceptional music we’ve enjoyed this year with another batch of music that’s worth looking back on. From the brilliant and silly Marie Davidson track ‘Work It’ through the exquisite sounds of Low and Cucina Povera, this is another cross-section of the stunning independent music released this year.

Tracklisting
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Ohsh (Mello Music Group, USA)
Kamasi Washington – Fists of Fury (Young Turks, UK)
Amnesia Scanner – AS Unlinear feat. Pan Daijing (PAN, Germany)
Hilary Woods – Kith (Sacred Bones, USA)
Nazar – Warning Shots (Hyperdub, UK)
Low – Dancing and Blood (Sub Pop Records, USA)
Cucina Povera – Huhuilu (Night School Records, UK)
Marie Davidson – Work It (Ninja Tune, UK)
Throwing Snow – Vulpine (Houndstooth, UK)
Gnod – Donovan’s Daughters (Rocket Recordings, UK)

Listen to part one here

#203 – Meridian Brothers, Nazar, Marie Davidson, Lokier, Donny McCaslin

You don’t get many better hip wigglers than Colombia’s finest Meridian Brothers, whose latest slice of cumbian delightfulness gets us going this week. Elsewhere, Gareth has a lot of electronics on the heavier side of the spectrum, not least the Japanese collaboration of Shun Konno and Blind Beast bringing the abrasive. Anthony has amazing, amusing techno from Marie Davidson, afro acid Congolese music, Russian punk and a whole lot more.

Tracklisting
Meridian Brothers y Grupo Renacimiento – La Policia (Names You Can Trust, USA)
Nazar – Enclave (Hyperdub Records, UK)
Marie Davidson – Work It (Ninja Tune, UK)
Make’Em – Trava (Silo Rumor, Portugal)
Mirrored Lips – Мать (Cruel Nature Recordings, UK)
Lokier – Screws in Paradise (Pinkman, Netherlands)
Donny McCaslin – Beast (Motéma Music, USA)
Shun Konno and Blind Beast – 竈馬 (Luau Records, UK)
Zazou Bikaye – Na Kenda (Afro-acid mix) (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
Lueke – Champion (Version) (Editions Gravats, France)

Interview with Ninja Tune and Coldcut’s Jon More

A little two hour bonus to see you through the weekend – Gareth’s conversation with Ninja Tune co-founder and one half of Coldcut Jon More. Ninja Tune has released hundreds of records, with names on the roster including Roots Manuva, Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Young Fathers, and The Bug.

They talk about the foundation of Ninja Tune, the role of the label in the 21st century. The role of sub labels (including Big Dada, and Technicolor), their relationship with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder records, and play a lot of great music.

Tracklisting
DJ Food – Turtle Soup (Luke Vibert Mix)
Funki Porcini – King Ashabanapal (Dilinja Mix)
Roots Manuva – Witness (One Hope)
Mr Scruff & Kirsty Almeida – Pickled Spider
Bonobo – Cirrus
Cinematic Orchestra Ft. Fontella Bass – All That You Give
Bicep – Glue
Young Fathers – Shame
The Bug – Skeng (Autechre Remix)
Thundercat – Them Changes
Peggy Gou – Han Jan

#188 – Pram, Flowdan, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Modeselektor

A real pick n mixture for podcast 188. Metal from KEN Mode, new material from rock heroes Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, grime from Skeng legend Flowdan, and dubs, abstract electronics, the long-awaited return of Pram and loads more.

Tracklisting
KEN Mode – Feathers & Lips (Seasons of Mist, France)
Jay Glass Dubs – The Safest Dub (Berceuse Heroique, France)
Modeselektor – Kalif Storch (Ninja Tune, UK / Monkeytown Records, Germany)
John Bence – Kill (Grooming Records, UK)
Pram – Shimmer and Disappear (Domino Record Co., UK)
Flowdan – Bodybag (Tru Thoughts, UK)
Bad Tracking – Clanger (FuckPunk, UK)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Cake of Light (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Butsenzeller – Half A Century (Jezus Factory Records, UK)
Veins Full of Static – Any of Us (Disintegration State, UK)

#175 – Peggy Gou, Novelist, Ill, Bruxa Maria

In a week between trips, we cover off some stunning new music, including Korean, Berlin-based producer Peggy Gou’s new one for Ninja Tune, Lewisham grime star Novelist’s debut LP, noisy goodness from Bruxa Maria and loads more

Tracklisting
Spill Gold – Mercury (Meduse MagiQ Records, Netherlands)
Novelist – Nov Wait Stop Wait (Mmmyeh Records, UK)
Angèle David-Guillou – Mouvements Organiques Part One (Village Green Recordings, UK)
Blackmass Plastics – Chaotica Metal 1 (self-release, UK)
Ill – Stuck on a Loop (Box Records, UK)
Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) (Ninja Tune, UK)
Julius Gabriel – Wind (Lovers & Lollypops, Portugal)
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Mr No One (Rad Cult, USA)
Bruxa Maria – It’s All In The DNA (Hominid Sounds, UK)
Oly Ralfe – The Bridge (Ghost Ship Records, UK)

#168 – Best of 2017 (part three)

The final show of 2017 showcases just how fantastic the year has been for UK labels. Nine of the final ten tracks of our best of are from UK record labels, covering rock, metal, italo-disco, jazz, dub, techno and a whole host of good stuff. We also have Japanese afrobeat just to mix it up. Thank you to all our listeners for a great year, we’ll be back early in 2018.

Tracklisting
Jane Weaver – The Architect (Fire Records, UK)
Not Waving – Where Are We (Diagonal Records, UK)
Forest Swords – Panic (Ninja Tune, UK)
Emanative – Omnious Shanti (self-release, UK)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Sweet Relief (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Wilted Woman – Heating Problem (Alien Jams, UK)
Snapped Ankles – Hanging With the Moon (The Leaf Label, UK)
Ajate – Taiwasho (180g, France)
Slabdragger – Muffin Man (Holy Roar Records, UK)
Rer Repeter – Suddenly The Lights Went Out (featuring Finna) (Bokeh Versions, UK)

#162 – Sugai Ken, The Bug, Slabdragger, Ajate

If you are a regular listener, you know what to expect. This week we have Japanese afrobeat, jungle, doom metal covers of Zappa, delicate guitar music, hefty grime, piano interpretations of video game music and experimental electronics. This week we’re also asking for your help

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Tracklisting
Sugai Ken – Doujiri (RVNG Intl., USA)
Ajate – Taiwasho (180g Records, France)
Slabdragger – Muffin Man (Holy Roar Records, UK)
Ice Cream Cult – Adin Don’t Cry (self-release, USA)
Dean McPhee – The Blood of St John (Hood Faire, UK)
The Bug – Bad (feat. Flowdan) (Ninja Tune, UK)
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno – Idea of Order at Kyson Point (Dead Oceans, USA)
Billa Bronx – Body Politics (Astro Nautico, USA)
Dead Fader – FYI (JK Flesh Remix) (Parachute Records, Italy)
David Peacock – Spaceman the Vulnerable (Disasterpiece, USA)

#159 – Sea Moss, Daphni, Brokenchord, Helena Hauff

We discover some spectacular music this week, starting with Oregon duo Sea Moss, who bring what we might term industrial funk to this week’s podcast. We’re not great with genre descriptions clearly, which is just as well because our selection is from across the spectrum. We have new music from Caribou’s Daphni, Lithuanian producer Brokenchord, Helena Hauff, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Breeders and more.

Tracklisting
Sea Moss – Diurnal Enuresis (Crash Symbols, USA)
Daphni – Face to Face (Jiaolong, Canada)
Brokenchord – Ochra (Black Acre, UK)
Ghold – Ruptured Earth (Head in Sand) (Crypt of the Wizard, UK)
破地獄/Scattered Purgatory – Sand of Sumeru (Guruguru Brain, Netherlands / Japan)
Helena Hauff – Gift (Ninja Tune, UK)
Filthy Huns – Forever Beast (Not Not Fun, USA)
The Breeders – Wait in the Car (4AD, UK)
East of the Valley Blues – Lesser Sunda (Death is Not the End, UK)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – An Intention (Western Vinyl, USA)

#152 – DUDS, SAICOBAB, Time Cow, Nekra

There’s a lot of single-word named artists this week. We kick off with one of them – DUDS from Manchester are the first UK band to release a record through John Dwyer’s Castle Face Records. We have punk from Impalers and newcomers Nekla, experimental dub from Time Cow, techno from Wilhelm via new label GlassTalk Records, and loads more good stuff.

Tracklisting
DUDS – Elastic Feel (Castle Face Records, USA)
Colleen – Separating (Thrill Jockey, USA)
Impalers – Nazi Burning Man (Static Shock Records, UK)
Nekra – Sisters of the Yam (self-release, UK)
Time Cow – Yellow and Purple Equals Yurple (7” edit) (Bokeh Versions, UK)
SAICOBAB – Bx Ax Bx (Thrill Jockey, USA)
Wilhelm – 38th Parallel (GlassTalk Records, UK)
Tembok Kamar Dinding Sekolah – Mati Rasa (Chinabot, UK)
Autumns – Female Model (Clan Destine Records, UK)
Forest Swords – Raw Language (Ninja Tune, UK)