This year, British indie label Ninja Tune celebrates 20 years of bestowing upon us layered beats of aural bliss.
Founded by the musical duo Coldcut in 1990, the highly-regarded label has made a significant contribution as a pioneer and major influencer of the electronic music space. Now, some 90 artists deep (including artists like Ghislain Poirier, Amon Tobin, DJ Vadim, Roots Manuva, and Mr. Scruff) the label continues to serve as inspiration to artists everywhere including those they’ve sought relentlessly to promote.
Like similar electronic labels (Warp,Ghostly, DFA) the Ninja Tune sound is distinct, it’s brand is quality, and it’s street-cred thankfully remains intact in a marketplace with increasing crossover between electronic music and pop.
To celebrate, the label has issued Ninja Tune XX Box Set (to be released 10/5) , and the book 20 Years of Beats & Pieces (10/12), telling the story of the label, their artists, and their art.
I totally forgot about Scanners until I stumbled across their new album on LaLa today. The song “Lowlife” from the 2006 album Violence is Golden was totally killer then. It’s good to hear that not only they’re back, but have a kick-ass new album to boot.
I just finished The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, a suggestion from my close friends Walsh and Schmalz. The book offers insight on how to live your life based on four simple agreements you choose make with yourself. It really resonated with me and I highly suggest checking it out. It’s an easy weekend read.
Have you read it? If so, what did you think? Leave your comments below.
For this year’s Coachella Music Festival – a holiday of sorts for Los-Angelenos in the music industry – I chose to forgo the long lines, blistering heat and nutty ravers to spend a weekend of leisure in the desert area. And of course hit some pool parties along the way.
I think the decision to sit this years’ fest out was a blessing in disguise. I encountered many up-and-comers at these little parties – too small to hit the festival circuit, but absolutely rockin’ nonetheless.
When I returned to LA a couple of DJ friends at KCRW asked if I had managed to see any good acts. Nosaj Thing immediately came to mind. His glitchy, dub-step, sampled electro groove had the Imeem/Indieoasis party rockin’ and I was transfixed.
It was truly amazing to watch someone so young and forward thinking totally kill it. I can’t wait to see what he does next.
This album makes my list of one of the best hip-hop records of 2008.
MC and hip hop producer Black Milk has worked with Slum Village and other Detroit legends like Phat Kat, Pharoahe Monch and the late J Dilla. Recently he paired with Bishop Lamont to release Caltroit, a great mixtape from ’07. Tronic came out on October 28, 2008.