Ninja Tune

Formed in London in 1990 by Matt Black and Jonathan More, the duo known as Coldcut, Ninja Tune has established itself as one of the world’s leading independent record labels, etching its story into the pages of groundbreaking British music. Now a bonafide global music institution, synonymous with diverse, uncompromising releases and equally visionary artists — from breaking to Grammy-winning acts — committed to pushing the boundaries of music.

In the 30-plus years since formation, Ninja Tune has become a home for forward-thinking music and artists who are at the forefront of their fields, with celebrated releases from the likes of: Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Roots Manuva, Kelis, Jayda G, Young Fathers, Bicep, Floating Points, Black Country New Road, Little Dragon, Sampa The Great, Run The Jewels, Diplo, Helena Hauff, Actress, Coldcut, Peggy Gou, Julianna Barwick, Jordan Rakei, Maribou State, ODESZA, Tycho, Leon Vynehall, India Jordan, The Bug, Marie Davidson, TSHA, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ras G, Teebs, Ross From Friends and many more.

The label also began working with Flying Lotus legendary Brainfeeder in 2010, with releases that include the Grammy award-winning Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, Ross From Friends, Ras G, Teebs, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jaga Jazzist and more.

By nature, the label is continually looking for new and innovative ways to develop our artists vision, having grown from the brainchild of the two-man Coldcut team to a living, breathing organization boasting 70+ employees based across the world including our North American headquarters in L. A. It has encouraged interactive technology, embraced the audiovisual world, created its own publishing company, Just Isn’t Music, and made innovative use of software with the creation of Ninja Jamm and the Zen Delay — the first-ever hardware effects unit produced in collaboration with an electronic music label.

Ninja Tune also devotes time and resources to working on non-profit initiatives to support the community around them and also to develop a dialogue with their audiences on relevant social issues. From Coldcut’s early partnerships with Greenpeace and others to our involvement with the Independent Music Cup, XLP / Arts Emergency, MIND, Help Refugees, and ongoing donations to organizations like Fair Fight and Extinction Rebellion this has been in Ninja’s DNA since inception. The label recently announced that they are committed to becoming carbon neutral by the end of 2021 and carbon negative beyond that.

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