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Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
Started by Jonathan More and Matt Black of cut-'n'-paste gurus Coldcut, the Ninja Tune label has always followed a quirky inner logic that bypasses mainstream dance music sounds house, trance, and big beat for eclectic explorations of electronic beat science. The Ninjas continue to defy expectations with Xen Cuts, a three-disc compilation celebrating the label's tenth anniversary. Instead of stuffing the collection with high points from their stellar back catalogue, the London-based label coaxed two CDs of new material from their diverse roster of wax scratchers, knob twiddlers, and rhyme spitters. And the third disc is subtitled "Missed, Flipped & Skipped" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Michael Endelman
Started by Jonathan More and Matt Black of cut-'n'-paste gurus Coldcut, the Ninja Tune label has always followed a quirky inner logic that bypasses mainstream dance music sounds house, trance, and big beat for eclectic explorations of electronic beat science. The Ninjas continue to defy expectations with Xen Cuts, a three-disc compilation celebrating the label's tenth anniversary. Instead of stuffing the collection with high points from their stellar back catalogue, the London-based label coaxed two CDs of new material from their diverse roster of wax scratchers, knob twiddlers, and rhyme spitters. And the third disc is subtitled "Missed, Flipped & Skipped" and gathers unreleased gems, forgotten B-sides, and rare promo-only tracks. The breadth and depth of this survey is incredible and far too extensive to list here. But know this: The set includes selections of cutting-edge American rap Saul Williams, Mike Ladd, Blackalicious, world hip-hop Russia's DJ Vadim, the U.K.'s Roots Manuva, acid jazz Up, Bustle and Out, DJ Food, jazzy down-tempo Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin, turntable pastiche Coldcut, Kid Koala, experimental techno Squarepusher, Neotropic, Luke Vibert, and much more -- absolutely essential listening for headz of all stripes.
All Music Guide - John Bush
Commemorating its tenth anniversary in similar fashion to the festivities at Warp during 1999, Ninja Tune Records celebrated with a three-disc compilation that spotlights not necessarily the greatest, but definitely the most overlooked, moments in the label's history. Founded in 1990 by Coldcut's Jonathan More and Matt Black in response to increasing frustration with major labels, Ninja Tune only earned notice after a few years of mediocre sampladelic records. When the enterprise really exploded in 1995, however, it soon spawned an excellent roster of artists from all sorts of beat-oriented camps: trip-hop (Funki Porcini, Up Bustle & Out), drum'n'bass (Amon Tobin, Animals on Wheels), and hip-hop (DJ Vadim, the Herbaliser, Kid Koala), as well as more ambient techno (Irresistible Force, Neotropic) via the Ntone sub-label. Xen Cuts presents almost 50 tracks spread over three hours, and the focus on previously unreleased (or unavailable on compact disc) material makes for a compilation of many pleasant surprises. Remixers provide many of the highlights, including Jimpster (Irresistible Force's "Nepalese Bliss"), Squarepusher (East Flatbush Project's "Tried by 12"), Roots Manuva (Amon Tobin's "Saboteur"), Fourtet (Cinematic Orchestra's "Channel 1 Suite"), and John McEntire (the label classic "More Beats & Pieces" by Coldcut). Anyone seeking an overview that hits every high will be disappointed -- there's barely an original single to be found on this entire collection, despite the preponderance of B-sides -- but Ninja Tune exercised such remarkable quality control during the mid to late '90s that it barely shows.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • UPC: 625978104927
  • Catalog Number: 49
  • Sales rank: 248,419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Xen to One Ratio (1:03)
  2. 2 Showtime - Big Dada Sound (4:45)
  3. 3 2 the Left - Dynamic Syncopation (3:21)
  4. 4 Qms - T.Love (5:00)
  5. 5 8pt Agenda - Latryrx (5:00)
  6. 6 Ug - Mr. Scruff (4:33)
  7. 7 Memories - Neotropic (3:12)
  8. 8 Rhythm & Blues Angus Steakhouse - Cabbageboy (4:25)
  9. 9 Saboteur - Amon Tobin (4:22)
  10. 10 Your Revolution - DJ Vadim (4:53)
  11. 11 Nepalese Bliss - Irresistible Force (5:17)
  12. 12 Emperor's Main Course in Cantonese - Kid Koala (4:04)
  13. 13 Give It Up - Coldcut (5:08)
  14. 14 Hip Hop Barrio - Up, Bustle and Out (4:35)
  15. 15 Blue Flames - Blackalicious (5:05)
  16. 16 Night Night Theme - Infesticons (4:06)
  17. 17 I Hear the Drummer - Luke Vibert (4:07)
  18. 18 Ninjah (We Are Ninja) - Fink (5:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Joy of X (1:44)
  2. 2 The 10th Victim - Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination (4:18)
  3. 3 Soul Pride - The Cinematic Orchestra (6:36)
  4. 4 Los Locos Cubanos - Up, Bustle and Out (4:23)
  5. 5 Down & To the Left - Amon Tobin (5:21)
  6. 6 My Life in These Bottles - Loka (5:28)
  7. 7 Original Sins - Chris Bowden (7:36)
  8. 8 Restless - Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination (5:32)
  9. 9 Build a Church With Your Fear - Animals on Wheels (6:39)
  10. 10 The Ageing Young Rebel - DJ Food (8:28)
  11. 11 Quicksilver Loom - Flanger (8:20)
  12. 12 Big Sea - Funki Porcini (4:34)
  13. 13 Arcane - Arc (4:21)
  14. 14 Big Amoeba Sound - Max & Harvey (4:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Twice the First Time - Saul Williams (4:32)
  2. 2 More Beats & Pieces - Coldcut (6:03)
  3. 3 Dubble (Organ Swell) - Funki Porcini (6:55)
  4. 4 No Mind - Happy Campers (5:02)
  5. 5 Peace Pt. 1 - DJ Food (4:52)
  6. 6 Happy Band - Mr. Scruff (5:06)
  7. 7 Drunk Trumpet - Kid Koala (3:55)
  8. 8 Non Lateral Hypothesis - DJ Vadim (5:26)
  9. 9 Ninja Tune - Hexstatic (4:08)
  10. 10 Movements - Roots Manuva (4:25)
  11. 11 Tried by 12 - East Flatbush Project (2:56)
  12. 12 Feel'n You & Me - Sukia (6:20)
  13. 13 Channel 1 Suite - The Cinematic Orchestra (7:36)
  14. 14 Bad Sex - Chris Morris (5:45)
  15. 15 (Untitled) (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Nordine Track Performer
Frank Chickens Track Performer
Flo Drums
Tom Gordon Drums
Sara Jones Track Performer
Irresistible Force Track Performer
Andrew Ross Flute
DJ Food Track Performer
Chris Morris Track Performer
Arc Track Performer
Up, Bustle and Out Track Performer
Cabbageboy Track Performer
Sukia Track Performer
Mr. Scruff Track Performer
Kid Koala Track Performer
Latyrx Track Performer
Animals on Wheels Track Performer
Resonance Track Performer
Happy Campers Track Performer
Chris Bowden Alto Saxophone
T-Love Track Performer
Steinski Track Performer
Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination Track Performer
Phil France Double Bass
Andy Hamill Bass
Minaly Biggs Double Bass
East Flatbush Project Track Performer
Saul Williams Track Performer
Roots Manuva Track Performer
Gay-Yee Westerhoff Cello
Flanger Track Performer
Quannum Track Performer
The Cinematic Orchestra Track Performer
Mass Influence Track Performer
Infesticons Track Performer
Hexstatic Track Performer
Shorti Track Performer
Max and Harvey Track Performer
Neptune Track Performer
Flexus Track Performer
Big Dada Sound Track Performer
Alex James Piano
Fink Track Performer
Technical Credits
Warren Hill Producer
Coldcut Producer
Quincy Arranger, Producer
Woob Producer
Mixmaster Morris Producer
Dean Smith Producer
Atom Heart Producer
Funki Porcini Producer
Neotropic Producer
Si Begg Producer
Amon Tobin Producer
DJ Vadim Producer
The Herbaliser Producer
Loka Producer
Luke Vibert Producer
Process Producer
PC Producer
Spencer Bellamy Producer
Chief Xcel Producer
Part 2 Producer
Strictly Kev Producer
Chris Bowden Arranger, Producer
Florian Schmitt Producer
Andy Carthy Producer
Jason Swinscoe Producer
Dynamic Syncopation Producer
Ollie Teeba Remixing
Jake Wherry Producer
Rupert Mould Producer
D. "Ein" Fell Producer
Jamie Finch Engineer
BBC Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    !!!

    Don't even bother listening to it before hand. Just get it. Loaded w/ hip-hop, jazz, trip-hop, oriental sounds, and something in between all that, you get an incredible amount of good music with the three cd set.

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