Jordan Rakei | Wallflower

New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, Jordan Rakei newly signed to Ninja Tune Records. His new album titled “Wallflower” will be released on 22nd September 2017.

“In Australia, I was stuck in a bubble”, Jordan explains. „When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Every day I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”

Stream and purchase on Bandcamp.

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sarathy korwar | day to day

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The extraordinary debut album from percussionist, drummer and producer Sarathy Korwar – „Day To Day“ – fuses traditional folk music of the Sidi community in India (combining East African, Sufi and Indian influences) with jazz and electronics. It’s a collaborative release by Ninja Tune with The Steve Reid Foundation – a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. » read more on Ninja Tune.

Releases July 8th on Ninja Tune, available online at Bandcamp.

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roots manuva | bleeds

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Roots Manuva is back with a dazzling new album, „Bleeds“. Past collaborations with everyone from Gorillaz to the Maccabees to Leftfield to Coldcut to the Cinematic Orchestra, Rodney Smith’s influence can be heard right across the musical landscape. Now, with his sixth studio album, he has made his most concise and focussed record to date, his most emotionally affecting and powerful release since his breakthrough, „Run Come Save Me“.

Drawing upon production assistance from young British producer, Fred, together with musical heavyweights Four Tet, Adrian Sherwood and Switch’s new production team, „With You“, the title of the record is, in the man’s own words, an “egocentric jest of daring to do things in the tradition of Jesus: I’m ready to bleed for the artform.” It is, of course, also a reference to the way in which genres, in the sonic world of Roots Manuva, have a tendency to bleed into one another, so that hip hop, reggae, techno, funk, neo-classical, all blend together to create “liquid soul, the blood, the bleeds that paint infinite sacred wonders in our dreams and unfold in our day-to-day.”

Released October 10th, pre-Order via Ninja Tune. Listen after the jump.

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jono mccleery | pagodes

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The Rotterdam-based singer and songwriter Jono McCleery has produced his third studio album. „Pagodes“ is the deepest, most powerful work to date by a musician whose work has been described as like “Miles Davis, Massive Attack, John Martyn, Fink, and Radiohead wrapped up in one exquisitely produced sound.”

After his collaboration on Portico’s (Quartet) „Living Fields“ earlier this year, the new LP will also drop on October 10th via Ninja Tune Records and If Music. Pre-Order now on iTunes. Stream the first song, a cover version of Robert Wyatt’s „The Age Of Self“ below.

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kamasi washington | the epic

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Jazzist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington’s upcoming „The Epic“ is unlike anything jazz has seen, and not just because it emanates from the boundary-defying Brainfeeder, which isn’t so much a label in the traditional sense as it is an unfurling experiment conducted by the underground producer Flying Lotus. The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin, keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Cameron Graves, and trombonist Ryan Porter. Patrice Quinn’s ethereal vocals round out the ensemble. »Read the full description on Ninja Tune«

Released 4th May 2015 on Brainfeeder. Pre-Order via iTunes and Ninja Shop.

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portico. | living fields

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The Portico band consisting of Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie, are about to release their LP on Ninja Tune. „Living Fields“ features guest performances by close friends of the trio, Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon. „Living Fields“, released 6 April 2015 on Ninja Tune.

„Portico make music which moves forward towards distant places while offering rare intimacy as well, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, a unique blend of the sublunary and the celestial. Reverb drenched piano meshes with swathes of studio noise while vocals float high above a world of textural atmosphere. Drum machines crisply puncture the air around shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass. You can be untethered, detached in space only for a moment of detail to rush into focus. Melancholia and euphoria sunk into each other.“ via Ninja Tune

Available on iTunes, Amazon or at Ninja Tune.

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projections

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London producer Romare is finally about to release his first full-length album via Ninja Tune on February 23rd. The debut LP entitled ‚Projections‘ is described as ”Voodoo Ray reworked by DJ Shadow… its drumming littered with infectious swing, its samples illuminating and attention-gripping, its atmosphere pronounced and consistent, and its riffs and hooks heavy.”

Listen to some of his tracks after the jump. Pre-order the 2xLP, CD and download formats on Ninja Tune, iTunes and Amazon.

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’94 – ’14

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The norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist released a special vinyl box to celebrate their 20th anniversary this year (2014). The limited edition vinyl box set featuring a special reissue of the 2002 landmark album „A Livingroom Hush“ four previously unreleased demo cuts from those recording sessions as bonus digital downloads. Also in the box: two crisp 12″s featuring exclusive reworks based on elements from the album Jaga Jazzist Live with Britten Sinfonia from a stellar cast of remixers, Warp Records stalwart Clark, breakbeat scientist Machinedrum, Brainfeeder’s Teebs, Mellowdrone founder Jonathan Bates, composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Werkdiscs‘ Moiré, Hoya:Hoya co-founder Illum Sphere, and Stockholm’s Invader Ace. Extended sleeve notes by John Kelman (All About Jazz) come in a beautiful 24 page booklet with archive photography documenting the rise and rise of this iconic collective.

More information about the release on Ninja Tune. The Vinyl boxset available online at the Ninja Shop, Bandcamp or Amazon. Check out the concerts!

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flashlight

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After almost two years of touring his fifth album „The North Borders“, Bonobo returns with the „Flashlight“. Listen to „Flashlight“ and „Pelican“ two songs of the three track EP. Release via Ninja Tune, pre-oder 12″ vinyl and MP3 direct.

»The Flashlight EP’s three songs are of the highest musical calibre, leaving the listener begging for more, and suggesting that Bonobo’s next full-length will see him take another giant leap forwards. In the meantime, Simon Green is touring North America with his blistering DJ set, ahead of a final, fittingly grand North Borders show at Alexandra Palace on 28th November.«

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the north borders tour

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Bonobo’s upcoming live album will be released in deluxe packaging with a CD, a 70 page hardback book of photographs and stories from members of the band, as well as a bonus DVD featuring glimpses of hi-speed photography. There will be standalone CD and 2LP edition too, it’s an exhaustive, beautifully captured record of the show. The audio and video were recorded and filmed at The Roundhouse in London and in the incredible Pula Arena, a genuine Roman Amphitheatre. In addition, some of the tracks on CD are handpicked from breathtaking live radio sessions that happened whilst on tour. Packaged with the DVD will be moments of documentary footage filmed as the tour reached California.

‘The North Borders Tour – Live’ is released on October 6th 2014. Available on CD/DVD with 70-page hardback book, or ltd vinyl and audio download. Order now Bonobo StoreAmazon or iTunes

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ten tigers

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‚Duals‘ is taken from the new Bonobo ‚Ten Tigers EP‘, available on 12″ and download, at Ninja Tune or iTunes. The EP also holds two remixes by Bengal and a new version of ‚First Fires‘ by Maya Jane Coles.

Bonobo is also about to release a DVD/Book in october 2014. It’s beautiful 70-page hardback book containing stories from the band, Bonobo’s personal photos, a foreword by Gilles Peterson and more. The book is portrait sized and clothbound holding the live CD and DVD, all designed by Leif Podhajsky. The live CD contains tracks performed by Bonobo on The North Borders Tour, recorded at major shows and exclusive radio sessions all over the world. The DVD contains incredible footage of a Bonobo show performed in an ancient Roman amphitheatre in Croatia and at London’s Roundhouse in 2013. Watch the trailer and listen to ‚Duals‘ …

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mr. scruff

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The new Mr. Scruff LP is definitely worth a second mention. Scruff’s first LP after a five-year gap is now out on Ninja Tune Records. „Friendly Bacteria“ contains all new tracks, and features vocals from Mancunian genius Denis Jones, the splendid Vanessa Freeman and out & out legend Robert Owens, alongside collaborations with Matthew Halsall, Andy Kingslow, Kaidi Tatham, Sara Dowling, Tazi Modi & Phil France. Order your copy now, from the Ninjashop or iTunes.

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if 2.0

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Ninja Tune and London record shop If Music teamed up again for the second volume of their compilation series „if“. The new installment features exclusive tracks by Heidi Vogel, Jono McCleery, Slowly Rolilng Camera,  DJ Saturn & Annabel, The Wach , Mark Motherbaugh, Jhelisa Anderson, Roy Harper, The New World Percussion Ensemble,  Archimedes Badkar, Phillip Lambro, Bayete (Todd Cochran) and The Animated Egg. Released April 19 for Record Store Day on Ninja Tune.

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hard believer

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„Hard Believer“ is the opening and title track from Fink’s forthcoming fifth studio album on Ninja Tune. The track is produced by Billy Bush. Download the track „Hard Believer“ for free here. Tour dates, a new short film, and finally the new album is coming soon …

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friendly bacteria

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Andy Carthy aka Mr. Scruff is due to release his first studio album since 2008’s Ninja Tune, on May 19th. „Friendly Bacteria“ features vocals by some of his friends, Robert Owens, Vanessa Freeman and Denis Jones. You can listen to the first track off the album „Render Me“ featuring Denis Jones. Order your copy of the album on 2LP, CD and digitally from the Ninjashop and iTunes.

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food

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„FOOD“ is the upcoming sixth studio album by American recording artist Kelis, due to be released April 21, 2014. It’s her first album to be released under Ninja Tune, which she signed to in 2013. Kelis describes the album as „a kind of unspoken lovefest“. The new album is entirely produced by Dave Sitek and was all recorded at his house in Los Angeles. The announcement on Ninja Tune’s website said that „the record mints a sound that’s rootsy without ever being self-consciously retro, that pitches live horns and gospel-y organ against electronics, that for all its classic soul and funk influences, couldn’t have been made any time but now.“ Pre-order now on iTunes or direct at Ninja Tune.

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200k

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Ninja Tune is giving away a specially curated selection of tracks for their 200k Facebook friends, feat. music from Fal­tyDL, Illum Sphe­re, BLee Bannon, Beat Spacek (Steve Spacek), Andreya Triana and more. Download here.


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fink & rco

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Last year, Fink performed a concert with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras – the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. Fink’s music was rearranged for the orchestra by composer and orchestrator Jules Buckley, one of the most in-demand arrangers in Europe. His instinctive understanding of how to harness the huge power of an orchestra to play songs by contemporary musicians verges on the genius. Now, Ninja Tune is releasing the brilliant results. Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be released 14 October – order now at the Ninjashop. Watch „Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us“, and download a free track here.


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if

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Ninja Tune teamed up with mainstay London record shop If Music for a special compilation celebrating the shop’s tenth birthday. The album features exclusive tracks from Bonobo featuring Fink, Mr. Scruff, Skalpel, Dobie, Cougar and more, including a track from Dave Okumu of The Invisible. Released in April, available on if or Ninja Tune.


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ballade

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After „Fire In My Hand„, „Ballade“ is the 2nd single and collaboration by Jono McCleery with electronic producer Royce Wood Junior. The single remix of Ballade“ comes from Djrum, who reworks the song into a brooding dancefloor piece, replete with deeper than deep melodic touches and an addictive swing. The official release-date is 26th August. Pre-order now Ninja Tune or iTunes

McCleery’s meld of electronic music’s glitch and texture and his melodic guitar mastery is truly approaching perfection. Its gentle, melancholic melody dancing over tough-edged drums and bass. McCleery’s rich, musing voice soars over the music beautifully. Fans of his recent work will not be disappointed – in fact, the song is everything they’ll have hoped for.


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everlasting

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Everlasting is LD Brown aka Grey Reverend’s first single since The Cinematic Orchestra’s Motion Audio imprint released his debut album in 2010, and comes fresh off the back of his vaunted collaboration with Bonobo, „First Fires“. The „Everlasting“ EP features four new songs, announces his forthcoming sophomore album „A Hero’s Lie“ on Motion Audio (Release September 2nd). Grey Reverend produced the songs himself, playing percussive elements, keys and a homemade melotron as well as his signature rhythmic, raw guitar. Pre-order on Ninja Tune or iTunes.


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