Ninja Tune Celebrates 20 Years in a Big Way
- Words: Patric Fallon
Come September 20, one of the UK's premiere forward-thinking, independent electronic labels, Ninja Tune, will celebrate 20 years of releasing music. This is no milestone to let pass by unnoticed, so the two Ninja Tune founders, Coldcut's Jon More and Matt Black, have planned out a big celebration. First off, for each of the 20 weeks leading up to the label's actual birthdate, Ninja Tune will be premiering exclusive materials on its special Ninja Tune XX website (no porn, however). Along with the free content, announcements of new videos, friendly competitions, and more details on the whole of Ninja Tune XX will be unveiled. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Also in the works for Ninja Tune's 20th is a 192-page book full of exclusive interviews, illustrations, original photographs, and fliers culled from their archives. A massive three-case boxset—which features, along with a hardback edition of the aforementioned book, six CDs and six 7"s of music from the likes of Amon Tobin, The Bug, Bonobo, Zomby, Switch, Autechre, Gold Panda, Toddla T, and Modeselektor, to name a handful—will be released on September 20. Live performances are also in the works for the dates surrounding Ninja Tune's birthday in Paris, London, Berlin, and Brussels, in addition to the Ninja Tune Video Showcase—a screening of the label's favorite music videos in a proper film theater—coming November 12. It's hard to be sure exactly what else will bubble up amidst the large amount of party favors and celebratory shindigs, but whatever the weeks hold leading up to September 20, it's sure to be purely awesome.
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