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Ninja Tune Podcast - The Independent Music Cup & YUAF

On this month's edition of the Ninja Tune podcast, we have a special episode, with Kerry O'Brien of the Young Urban Arts Foundation charity in conversation with our producer Jack Smith. The Young Urban Arts Foundation, and specifically their Skip To The Beat mental health programme, will be the beneficiaries of all the money raised at this year’s Independent Music Cup, a charity football tournament set up by Ninja Tune staff for the music industry to come together for a cause. The...


Ninja Tune Podcast - London Contemporary Orchestra

In this month’s edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, we sat down with London Contemporary Orchestra ahead of their most recent collaboration with Actress at the Barbican. Formed in 2008 by co-artistic directors Robert Ames and Hugh Brunt, the LCO has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, working with everyone from Radiohead to Frank Ocean, as well as recording scores for a host of films by directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Ridley Scott. We cover their previous work, what’s to...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Help Refugees

This month’s edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast finds our producer Jack Smith in conversation with Annie Gavrilescu of the charity Help Refugees. Ninja Tune staff were recently volunteering in the town of Calais, Northern France, playing a small part in the inspirational work that a number of charities are doing there in aid of refugees. In this interview we try to get a better idea of the challenges charities are facing, and why their work is becoming increasingly vital even as the...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Nabihah Iqbal

This month's edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast finds Nabihah Iqbal in conversation with Kieran Yates, a music and politics journalist and co-author of 2011’s ’Generation Vexed’. Coming off the back of a panel discussion at a recent screening of Omar Majeed’s ‘Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam’, the pair discuss communicating themes of resistance in their work during an age of worldwide political upheaval, and how simply expressing your identity can be an act of defiance in the current...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Jordan Rakei & Loyle Carner

This edition of the Ninja Tune podcast features two artists closing out one hell of a 2017. Jordan Rakei, who’s soulful LP on Ninja Tune has led to sold out shows and critical acclaim, in conversation with one of the shining lights of UK Hip-Hop, Loyle Carner. We find two friends from opposite ends of the earth sharing their earliest influences, comparing notes on their creative processes and trying to hash out the top 5 MCs of all time. 2018 can only have even bigger things in store for...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Actress

On this edition of the Ninja Tune podcast we hear from Actress, the man behind the incredible album ‘AZD’, released earlier this year on Ninja Tune. Discussing influences ranging from Solange to The Bellville Three, we hear on topics including politics and gender in electronic music, “chaos magic theory” and going missing in the Congo for 24 hrs. Along the way Actress selects some of the tracks that have influenced his musical path, such as In Crowd’s ‘Back Yard’ and Audrey Hall’s ‘Our...


Ninja Tune Podcast - The Bug vs Earth

Like master painters exploring a subject over a lifetime’s work, Kevin Martin and Dylan Carlson – The Bug and Earth, respectively – have each been mining and defining their genres for more than 20 years. On this episode of the Ninja Tune podcast the pair, who today release collaborative album ‘Concrete Desert’ on vinyl, discuss the formative years that shaped their sound and the process of working together. After that, we take a listen to some of the new music coming out on the Ninja Tune...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Coldcut & Adrian Sherwood (On-U Sound)

In this edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast we invite label founders Coldcut and dub pioneer, On-u Sound boss Adrian Sherwood down for a catch up. They discuss early memories and movements of the scene, the history of their labels, and what first drew them towards music. We get to hear a variety of records throughout the podcast, including music from Coldcut x On-U Sound, Singers & Players, Toots and the Maytals, The Fall and lots more. We also hear about their experiences working in the...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Illum Sphere & Helena Hauff

On this episode of the Ninja Tune podcast we invited Helena Hauff and Illum Sphere along to have a chat with each other and play a few pieces of music. They discuss his new album "Glass" which is out on Ninja Tune and experiences they both had with their early recordings. They also talk about travelling the world DJing and their first gigs, including experiences they both had at the Pudel in Hamburg. Music played includes tracks from Phantom Band, Dirty Criminals, Sympathy Nervous, and...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Sarathy Korwar & Throwing Shade

In this special edition of the Ninja Tune podcast, Throwing Shade chats to Sarathy Korwar, whose debut album "Day To Day" was released in July this year via Ninja Tune in collaboration with The Steve Reid Foundation. They discuss the recording of the album, touring with Kamasi Washington and their shared experiences studying at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. Along the way we hear music that has influenced and inspired Sarathy over the years - from The Doors, Dawn Of...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Dave Okumu (The Invisible) & Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) - Part 2

In the final part of this special edition, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead chats with his good friend Dave Okumu of The Invisible. With Radiohead recently releasing "A Moon Shaped Pool" album and The Invisible releasing their own album in "Patience" the two met up at Roundhouse studios with regular producer DK to talk about their respective creative processes. Dave talks to Ed about how Radiohead have maintained their position in the industry and how they met Kanye West. They also talk about...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Dave Okumu (The Invisible) & Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) - Part 1

For this edition of the Ninja Tune podcast, and the first of two parts, we have a very special guest in Ed O'Brien of Radiohead interviewing his good friend Dave Okumu of The Invisible. With Radiohead recently releasing "A Moon Shaped Pool" album and The Invisible releasing their own album in "Patience" the two met up at Roundhouse studios with regular producer DK to talk about their respective creative processes. In the words of Dave Okumu "I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon chewing...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Max Graef & Glenn Astro

We catch up with Berlin residents Max Graef & Glenn Astro to talk about the release of their debut album The Yard Work Simulator, out now on Ninja Tune. We discuss their early experiences with music, growing up in Essen and Berlin respectively, how it was that they ended up working together and the processes that want into the making of the album. As is to be expected from two avid music collectors, we are treated along the way with an eclectic selection of tracks, taking in music from The...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Ash Koosha

For this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast we sit down with Iranian electronic producer Ask Koosha to discuss his new album I AKA I. We find out more about his time growing up between Tehran and Frankfurt and how that shaped his early experiences with music, he also speaks about his studies at the Tehran Conservatory of Music and his eventual arrest and imprisonment for performing a secret gig with his then band. Along the way we delve into his creative process, his experiments on the edge...


Ninja Tune Podcast - Throwing Shade

On the show this time we speak to Throwing Shade about her new EP on Ninja Tune, ‘House Of Silk’. We talk about her studies in Ethnomusicology, women in the music industry, and her dream collaboration with Drake. Along the way we hear some of the music that has inspired her musical journey including Michael Jackson, Oasis, John Coltrane, Bjork and Bob Dylan. We finish as always with 5 tracks from the Ninja Tune family of labels, new music from Darq E Freaker, The Invisible, David August,...

Ninja Tune Podcast - Coldcut + DK

For our final podcast of 2015 we revisit the Coldcut and DK 'Essential Mix’, broadcast earlier this year on BBC Radio1 as part of Ninja Tune’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. Matt Black said of the mix "We wanted to represent as many of the current Ninja Tune roster as possible and also throw a couple of classics from the archives into the mix, in addition to some influential and inspirational tracks". We start with the brand new single from Roots Manuva, plus music from Ninja Tune artists...

Ninja Tune Podcast - King Midas Sound & Fennesz

This week on the Ninja Tune podcast guest host Joe Muggs speaks with Kevin Martin, Roger Robinson & Kiki Hitomi - otherwise known as King Midas Sound - and recent collaborator Christian Fennesz about their Edition 1 album, released via Ninja Tune in September this year. They speak about the processes that went into recording the album, the individual personalities that fed into it, but also about the shared experiences and emotions that brought them together. They each select a track that...

Ninja Tune Podcast - Lee Bannon

Lee Bannon joins us this month on the Ninja Tune podcast to talk about the release of his latest album 'Pattern Of Excel'. He discusses his early forays into music, his continuing sonic shapeshifting, and some of the tracks that have influenced him along the way. We hear a diverse range of music from Deltron 3030, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Dean Blunt, Chris Isaak and Marilyn Manson. To close the show we hear 5 new tracks from the Ninja Tune stables with music from The Invisible, Wiley & Zomby,...

Ninja Tune Podcast - Jaga Jazzist

Following the release of their latest studio album 'Starfire' Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth speaks to us about the bands 20 year history to date. From their origins in Norway and now currently in his new home in LA, he charts this journey through some of the scenes and sounds that have influenced his own musical tastes. Along the way we hear music from Jon Balke & Oslo 13, De La Soul, NWA and Motorpsycho. We finish with 5 tracks from Ninja Tune and our family of labels: Lee Bannon, U, Seven...

Ninja Tune Podcast - Dorian Concept

For this episode of the Ninja Tune podcast, we talk to keyboard virtuoso Dorian Concept about his 2014 album 'Joined Ends', his journey as a musician, and 5 tracks that have influenced him and helped to shape his musical understanding, with music from John Coltrane, JSBL, Coldcut, Savath Savalas & Dimlite. Along the way we talk about his involvement in the Affine record label, collaborations with Flying Lotus and The Cinematic Orchestra and the laid-back nature of Viennese cafe culture. We...