Published May 13, 2010It's hard to believe that it's been a whopping 20 years since British urban indie Ninja Tune saw its first twelve-inch hit record shelves. To celebrate that milestone, the label has a couple of tricks up its sleeve, including a limited-edition box set release and a live birthday celebration.
On September 20, the box set Ninja Tune XX will be presented as a three-volume series that will be collected in a single, hardback box. The first case will include six CDs, two of which will contain music exclusive to the box set, while the second case will house six seven-inch records of all-exclusive music, as well as a Ninja Tune family tree poster designed by Nigel Peake, a poster of the case's sleeve art and a sheet of Ninja Tune 20th anniversary stickers.
The CDs and seven-inches will contain music by Ninja Tune artists new and old, including Amon Tobin, Roots Manuva, Kid Koala, Mr. Scruff, the Bug, Jaga Jazzist, Bonobo, Toddla T, Blockhead, Daedelus and Zomby, as well as remixes by Autechre, Modeselektor, Matthew Herbert, Toddla T, Cut Chemist, Roots Manuva, Gold Panda, Mark Pritchard, Micachu, Gaslamp Killer, Kronos Quartet, Tunng and El-P, among others. Plus, the label promises "a few choice overlooked favourites and rarities."
The third case features exclusive hardcover book Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces, a 192-pager by NME writer Stevie Chick that will include the label's biography, plus exclusive interviews that can't be found anywhere else.
On top of all this box set action, label founders Jon More and Matt Black, better known as Coldcut, will treat fans to some special birthday celebrations. A line-up has yet to be announced, but the duo promise they'll be playing alongside special performers at an October 2 anniversary show at London's Ewer Street Car Park. Smaller shows are also to follow in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Tokyo this fall.
Ninja Tune XX can be pre-ordered now for a special early bird price at the Ninjashop. The labelwebsite will also be unloading free download goodies over the next few months.