Ninja Tune Podcast

Ninja Tune

The official Ninja Tune Podcast featuring exclusive interviews and music from the artists of Ninja Tune & guests from beyond. Expect the likes of Bicep, Actress, Jayda G, Marie Davidson, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, The Bug, Sampa The Great, Music Declares Emergency, The Cinematic Orchestra, Coldcut, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Kae Tempest, Kelis, Machinedrum, Mr Scruff, Romare, Roots Manuva, Thundercat, Young Fathers and many more...

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Interview with Matt Black, co-founder of Ninja Tune and one half of Coldcut. We explore his relationship with ambient music via some song selections that have signposted his life and also play music from and speak about the @0 ambient compilation he put together in aid of the charities Calm, Mind and Black Minds Matter. We discuss and play music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Irresistible Force, Specimens, Coldcut, Steve Reich, Steve Roach and many more and get into the mind of this fascinating artist. This show originally aired as a Moving Sounds interview on Soho Radio.

Nov 29

1 hr 49 min

On this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, we teamed up with Mind to organise a panel discussing mental health in the electronic music industry. The panel was hosted by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at the mental health charity, Mind. Mind have been working in partnership with Ninja Tune, Paradigm, POLY and Percolate to raise awareness of mental health across the electronic music industry and in the podcast, Emma was joined by Simon Denby (Percolate), ELKKA (Technicolour / femme culture), Peach (NTS) and Yaya Bey (Big Dada). They explored issues like stigma, how to take care of your mental health while working in the industry and what needs to change across the industry to make it more supportive of people’s mental health. Mind in partnership with Ninja Tune, Paradigm, POLY and Percolate have developed some resources for people working in the electronic music industry so they can take care of their own mental health and look out for others There is a guide for: Organisations including a section for managers Artist managers - how to support your artists and take care of yourself Employees - how to take care of your own mental health and look out for others Freelancers - how to take care of your own mental health and look out for others You can find the resources at: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/music-sector-guides/

Aug 3

1 hr 1 min

In this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, Luke Mark and Isaac Wood from the band Black Country New Road chat with Britt Walford, the drummer and founder of the influential band Slint. BC,NR and Slint are often compared to each other, so for the podcast we asked both groups to compile a list of records that they were listening to which either inspired their own musical output, that were important to them in some way or simply what they were listening to during the time of recording. Black Country, New Road’s debut LP ‘For the first time’ is out now on Ninja Tune and Slint’s ‘Spiderland’ turns 30 years old this month. Slint - Tweez: Big Black - Atomizer Saccharine Trust - Surviving You, Always Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime Killdozer - Burl Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising Slint - Spiderland: Neil Young - After the Goldrush Sonic Youth - Evol Urge Overkill - Jesus Urge Superstar AC/DC - Back in Black Madonna - Like a Prayer Iggy and The Stooges - The Stooges BC,NR: Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks The Wedding Present - Seamonsters Nirvana - Nevermind Texas Jerusalem Crossroads - Lift to Experience Arcade Fire - Funeral Taylor Swift - Fearless Oxbow - Thin Black Duke

Feb 22

55 min 19 sec

In this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, Matt Black, Ninja Tune founder and 1/2 of Coldcut talks with Benny Wenda, the West Papuan independence leader. Coldcut — who are friends of the Wenda family and long term supporters of the Free West Papua campaign—invited Benny Wenda to contribute to the Keleketla! record that was released last year. The resulting track, ‘Papua Merdeka’, centres around a heartfelt political invocation led by Wenda. It’s a call for freedom for the nation of West Papua from Indonesia, from which Wenda fled in 2004 after being persecuted by the Indonesian military.

Feb 4

25 min 10 sec

On this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, we listen back to Rough Trade Shop’s Zoom Q&A with Matt and Andy from BICEP, who were joined by special guest host Joe Muggs for an intimate conversation, with an opportunity for audience questions. This live-streamed Q&A event celebrates the release of Isles, the new album from BICEP that is out now. Two years in the making, Isles expands on the artful energy of their 2017 debut Bicep.

Jan 27

1 hr 11 min

On this edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, journalist Lauren Martin chats with Travis Stewart, also known as Machinedrum. “A View Of U”, Stewart’s new album on Ninja Tune is his most collaborative to date, featuring a cast of collaborators including Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father, Freddie Gibbs, and more. On this episode Machinedrum talks about the new LP and how it relates to the universe, the infinite and out of body experiences. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast.

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

On this edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, journalist and broadcaster Kate Hutchinson sits down with Ninja Tune MD Peter Quicke, Fay Milton from the band Savages and Chiara Badiali from Julie’s Bicycle. All three are co-founders of Music Declares Emergency, a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency. In this episode they discuss the music industry's response to the climate emergency and what needs to be done to help fix the crisis. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast. Note: This podcast was recorded pre-covid lockdown

Aug 2020

46 min 55 sec

On this month’s Ninja Tune podcast, Sampa The Great sits down with Natty Kasambala, journalist and author for gal-dem. They discuss everything from the importance of femininity, being proud of where you come from and what’s next for Sampa. The Return, Sampa’s new LP is out now on Ninja Tune. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast.

Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

A Winged Victory for the Sullen is the name of ambient, post rock and modern classical duo Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie. In this Ninja Tune Podcast, Adam sits down at Rough Trade East with music journalist and broadcasting legend, Mary Anne Hobbs. They discuss everything from winning Wimbledon, the influence of John Peel to playing the BBC Proms with Nils Frahm. An extra special Q&A also features an inquisitive Marina Abramovic in the audience. A Winged Victory For The Sullen have previously released on Erased Tapes and Kranky. Their new record, The Undivided Five, is out now on Ninja Tune. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast.

Dec 2019

37 min 23 sec

It’s a Brainfeeder affair! Longtime affiliate and Brainfeeder rep Paul “PBDY” sits down with beat scene veteran Teebs to discuss everything from the importance of collaboration to becoming a father. Teebs has just released Anicca, his fourth album on Brainfeeder and his first in five years. The record features artists such as Sudan Archives and Panda Bear. PBDY’s debut album, Careworn, will be released on Brainfeeder later this month. If you enjoyed the podcast don’t forget to rate and subscribe.

Nov 2019

53 min 14 sec

Jon More, co-founder of NInja Tune and one half of Coldcut is interviewed by the composer and pianist James Heather, who is signed to another of Coldcut’s labels, Ahead Of Our Time. James chats to Jon about his musicial history and focuses on his relationship with ambient music. Subjects covered include talking about the composer Elgar being a family friend, recording strings in Abbey Road, pirate radio stations, working with Steve Reich, ambient music’s history and its relationship with Ninja Tune and much more. Jon picks his desert island discs of ambient tracks and James picks some ambient highlights from Ninja Tune. This is an edited version of an original broadcast which aired on James’ “Moving Sounds” monthly show on Soho Radio. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to the podcast.

Aug 2019

1 hr 29 min

This Month we have a special edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, our producer sat down with Jamie and Dan of the charity War Child to discuss their involvement in this year’s Independent Music Cup, a 5-a-side football tournament bringing together 32 teams from across the music industry to raise money for a good cause. This year’s chosen charity is the War Child FC project, helping children growing up in conflict zones through the power of football. The independent music cup is being held at power league nine elms on the 27th of July, head to http://independentmusiccup.com for more details. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your audio on demand.

Jul 2019

45 min 42 sec

Marie Davidson is a self-confessed workaholic. Her fourth album ‘Working Class Woman’, released in October of last year, is perhaps her most self-reflective to date. A veteran of the global club music scene, her most recent album is some of her most introspective, cutting work to date, and she’s ready to poke fun at the industry she’s spent her career navigating. She sat down with Chal Ravens, journalist and host of Red Bull Radio’s ‘Top Flight’, before Marie’s performance at Field Day festival in London. Remember to rate the podcast wherever you get your audio on demand.

Jun 2019

1 hr 4 min

What do Quincy Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Flying Lotus have in common? They’re all fans of Louis Cole. He’s had the rare pleasure of performing in Quincy Jones’ living room, been invited on tour with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and signed to Fly Lo’s label Brainfeeder, which isn’t bad going for someone who’s first 2 albums were released through his Youtube channel. Our producer Jack sat down with Louis backstage before his show in London this month to talk about Louis’ latest album, ‘Time’, and his follow up EP of Live sessions recorded with his talented friends including Nate Wood and Ben Wendel from Kneebody, Jacob Mann, Sam Wilkes and Genevieve Artadi to name but a few. Don’t forget to give us a rating on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

May 2019

35 min 1 sec

Jayda G’s debut album “Significant Changes" has a quality to it that’s hard to place in one space and time. At times, it's studio 54 at its peak, whilst at others it's tackling some the biggest issues of the present day. We’re used to club tracks sampling snippets of old documentaries and classic films, whereas on "Significant Changes'’ you’ll find Jayda using Orca cries and quotes from climate scientists. Jayda G sat down with Adam Corner, journalist and Research Director at Climate Outreach to talk about the melding of her music career and conservationist work and her series of talks engaging a new generation of music fans with the science behind the headlines. The next instalment of Jayda’s JMG Talks is scheduled for 22nd May at Giant Steps in Hackney Wick, tickets available via the DICE app. Remember to rate and subscribe to the Ninja Tune podcast wherever you get it.

Apr 2019

43 min 32 sec

On this edition of the Ninja Tune podcast we chat to Jason Swinscoe and Dominic Smith from The Cinematic Orchestra about how they met whilst working at Ninja Tune in the late 90s and the London music scene at the time. The conversation covers the early years of the band and what it was like in and around Ninja Tune during that legendary period. Coldcut, DJ Food, Four Tet, Amon Tobin, then Ninja Tune boss Pete Quicke, Stealth, Metalheadz all feature in the conversation. The new album from The Cinematic Orchestra ‘To Believe’ is out on the 15th of March.

Mar 2019

52 min 6 sec

This month on the Ninja Tune Podcast, our producer Jack Smith sat down with Maribou State to discuss their beginnings in music, their recording process, and the September release of their most recent album 'Kingdoms in Colour' via Ninja imprint Counter Records. Maribou State will be heading out on tour across the UK and North America in early 2019, including a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy. You can find out more on their website mariboustate.co.uk. Don’t forget to rate and subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts.

Jan 2019

33 min 28 sec

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 tournament is happening on Saturday, July 28th at Shoreditch Power League. The event is open to all spectators, and includes an after party organised by our friends at Resident Advisor, with DJ sets from Mumdance, Monki, a very special guest and many more. Head to: Independentmusiccup.com for more details, and help us raise money for the Young Urban Arts Foundation and their work with at-risk youth in the UK. Don’t forget to subscribe and rate to our show wherever you get your podcasts.

Jul 2018

25 min 18 sec

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 come and their new collaborative album with Actress ‘LAGEOS’, which is out now. Please remember to rate and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

Jun 2018

33 min 50 sec

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 conditions of refugee populations fades from the headlines. The music in the podcast is provided by 'The Calais Sessions’, an album recorded in a makeshift studio in the so-called ‘Jungle’, a former migrant and refugee camp that once stood on the outskirts of the town. You can find the album by searching 'The Calais Sessions' in Bandcamp, with all proceeds going to Citizens UK. The opening track is a recent recording of Ahforom, an Eritrean migrant living in the woods around Calais who had made his own Krar (a traditional Eritrean instrument) out of scrap materials. Find out how to donate or get involved at HelpRefugees.org.

Apr 2018

50 min 51 sec

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 climate. Iqbal traces back the influences of new album ‘Weighing of the Heart’, exploring what it means to make guitar music after throwing off her initial moniker and unabashedly inhabiting her own skin.

Feb 2018

1 hr 4 min

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 these two artists at the top of their games. Rounding off the podcast, we have new music from across the Ninja Tune label family, including Nabihah Iqbal, The Bug, Young Fathers, Romare and Visionist.

Dec 2017

1 hr 8 min

Underrepresentation of women in music is nothing new. Female:Pressure released a report in 2013 that revealed that the average female representation at major music festivals was a dismal  8.4 per cent. However, some booking agencies and collectives are spearheading an effort to rebalance line-ups across the world. This episode of the Ninja Tune podcast finds Emma Burgess-Olson AKA Discwoman & Technicolour Record's UMFANG in conversation with Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, co-founder of Discwoman, a booking agency that exclusively represents cis women, trans women, and genderqueer artists. Together with their roster, their agency is helping to increase inclusivity in dance music whilst putting on exciting & diverse club nights that have seen their profile grow exponentially across the industry. We caught up with them before their September show at Corsica Studios, London.

Nov 2017

1 hr 2 min

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 Dance Won’t Do’. Finally we hear new music coming from Ninja Tune and our family of labels with tracks from Bicep, Kai Whiston, Nathan Fake, Jordan Rakei and James Heather.

Aug 2017

1 hr 13 min

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 family of labels, including tracks from James Heather, Jordan Rakei, Lapalux, UMFANG and new signing Bicep.

Jun 2017

1 hr 6 min

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 studio alongside Roots Manuva whilst recording new single, “Vitals” from their upcoming collaborative album, “Outside The Echo Chamber” released via Ninja Tune imprint, “Ahead Of Our Time” this May 19th.

Mar 2017

1 hr 14 min

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 Serg Gainsbourg, plus tracks from the ‘Glass’ album. We finish with 5 new tracks from the Ninja Tune family of labels, with music from Hieroglyphic Being, Romare, Jay Daniel, Coldcut and Letherette.

Nov 2016

1 hr 32 min

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 Midi, Jaimeo Brown, Rashid Khan, and The Necks - in addition to some of his own productions. We finish with some recent tracks from the Ninja Tune label family featuring Romare, The Invisible (Floating Points Remix), Roots Manuva (Pinch Remix), Thundercat and Machinedrum.

Oct 2016

1 hr 13 min

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 spirituality and Ed gives his thoughts on Invisible's "Patience" album.

Jun 2016

1 hr 1 min

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 the fat with Ed O'brien. Ed is someone who has had a powerful influence over me both through his role in one of my best loved bands but also as a friend. It's difficult to be in the presence of someone so warm, open and generous without wanting to explore a broad range of topics. I'm sure if someone hadn't hit stop, we would still be in the bowels of the roundhouse chatting up a storm right now!”

Jun 2016

1 hr 2 min

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 Roots, Breakout, Pete Dunaway, Underground Resistance and Creative Source. We finish with some new music from the Ninja Tune stables with tracks from Space Dimension Controller, Machinedrum, The Invisible, The Bug and Sarathy Korwar.

Jun 2016

52 min 30 sec

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 of new technologies and software, and hear tracks that illustrate the broad range of sounds that have influenced his musical upbringing, with tracks from Jim O Rourke, Zbigniew Preisner, Sugar Rós, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Ryuichi Sakamoto. We finish with 5 new tracks from the Ninja Tune family of labels.

Apr 2016

1 hr 1 min

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, Ash Koosha and NY*AK.

Mar 2016

1 hr

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 Romare, Beat Spacek, Bonobo, Machinedrum, an unreleased track from Illum Sphere and 'Glassbeadgames' by Martyn and Four Tet, with classic tracks from The Bug, Squarepusher remix for DJ Food, DJ Vadim and cLOUDDEAD remixed by Boards of Canada. Meanwhile Dream Continuum grab a cheeky sample of Coldcut's People Hold On and we hear the Eddie Kendricks track that lyrically inspired said tune. All this plus New Yorks finest Arthur Russell, Konk, jeru and OC, footwork from DJ Spinn & Rashad featuring Danny Brown, Flying Lotus and spiritual jazz from The Prime Element.

Dec 2015

58 min 37 sec

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 has influenced their musical progression in some way and we hear music across the spectrum from Joni Mitchell, Deep Purple, Discharge and The Bug ft. Warrior Queen. We finish as always with 5 tracks from the Ninja Tune & family stables: Iglooghost, Levantis, Yppah (The Range remix), Seven Davis Jr (Kaytronik remix) and Maribou State (Ross from Friends remix).

Oct 2015

1 hr 7 min

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, Roots Manuva, Romare and Helena Hauff.

Sep 2015

57 min 36 sec

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 Davis Jr, ROSEAU, and Maribou State.

Jul 2015

58 min 56 sec

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 close the show with a selection of new music from Maribou State, Seven Davis Jr, Young Fathers, Kamasi Washington and Lee Bannon.

May 2015

1 hr 1 min

For this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast we welcome Lapalux to the Ninja Tune HQ to discuss the making of his new album - and second for Flying Lotus’ iconic Brainfeeder label - ‘Lustmore’. We hear about his collaborations with Andreya Triana and Szjerdene, as well as working with iconic video director Nick Rutter. Along the way we hear about 5 tracks that have influenced him including music from Bill Evans, Bjork, Dorine Muraille, Harold Budd and William Basinski. The show ends with new music from Roots Manuva, Dorian Concept, Jaga Jazzist, Howling and Amon Tobin! Lustmore is out 6th April 2015.

Apr 2015

53 min 19 sec

In this latest edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast we speak to Portico about their new album ‘Living Fields’, adapting to life as a trio and their first forays into the world of music. Along the way we hear music from Steve Reich, Jaco Pastorius, Thom Yorke, Arthur Russell, and Brian Eno, as well as a selection of tracks from the forthcoming album, out 30th March 2015 on Ninja Tune.

Mar 2015

56 min 56 sec

Welcome to a new feature on the Ninja Tune podcast - in between our regular artist showcases & interviews, we'll be releasing these music only podcasts, featuring a roundup of the latest tracks coming out of Ninja Tune, sister label Big Dada and our wider family of imprints. In this first episode we look back over the last 12 months, featuring music from Martyn, Actress, Wiley, Machinedrum, Young Fathers and many, many more...

Feb 2015

1 hr 20 min

We wrap up the year with a few of our artists telling us about some of the tracks that have caught their attention in 2014. FaltyDL, Illum Sphere, The Bug and Machinedrum select music from Lee Gamble, Kassem Mosse, Micachu and Fracture amongst others.

Dec 2014

57 min 7 sec

A chat with Drew Lustman AKA FaltyDL ahead of his latest album, and second for NInja Tune, "In The Wild". FaltyDL talks about his times in music whilst also picking out 5 influential tracks plus the nod on the best tunes coming up on the Ninja Tune family of labels...

Aug 2014

58 min 39 sec

Ahead of his all-day extravaganza at the Roundhouse in London supporting his new album "Friendly Bacteria", Andy Carthy a.k.a. Mr. Scruff dropped by Ninja HQ for a chat. Mr. Scruff chooses 5 of his favourite tracks by artists featured on the record, and discusses how each came to be involved. We finish with 5 of the latest tracks from Ninja and our family of labels.

May 2014

59 min 8 sec

To coincide with the release of his debut album 'Ghosts Of Then And Now', Illum Sphere talks to Ninja Tune about the process of making the album as well as selecting five tracks that have been influential to him over the years, including tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Roy Haynes, Theo Parrish, Transllusion and Dabrye.

Feb 2014

44 min 17 sec

Celebrating the release of his album 'Vapor City', Machinedrum talks to Matt Black of Coldcut about the concept around the release, dreams and his five influential track picks, including Tortoise, Philip Glass and Lightning Bolt.

Oct 2013

1 hr 7 min

Brainfeeder's Thundercat celebrates the release of his new album 'Apocalypse', and talks to Big Dada's Will Ashon about his five most influential tracks, including Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and Clams Casino.

Aug 2013

50 min 48 sec

Congo Natty, one of the founders of Jungle music, talks to Big Dada's Will Ashon about his new album 'Jungle Revolution', and picks his five most influential tracks from the genre's history.

Jul 2013

54 min 40 sec

Big Dada founder Will Ashon interviews "UK Bass music legend" (Mixmag) Tony Campbell aka Dobie about his incredible music career to date, his new album 'We Will Not Harm You', and plays tracks from the release.

Feb 2013

44 min 51 sec

Jesse Boykins III talks to us about his new album 'Zulu Guru', a collaboration with MC/producer MeLo-X, and plays tracks from the album. He also discusses his five essential music picks, including music from the likes of Eric Roberson and Stevie Wonder.

Nov 2012

45 min 3 sec