The iconic indie electronica label, founded by Coldcut at the turn of the 90s, wins rightful recognition as label of the year at the prestigious independent music awards ceremony. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight has the details.
Ninja Tune is undoubtedly one of the most important labels to come out of the UK since the dawn of the dance music revolution. Continuously pushing the envelope and delivering next-level artists to their cult following, the record company has single-handedly brought about a revolution in the music industry that hasn’t been seen since punk was the counter-culture of choice. The past two-and-three-quarter decades has seen Ninja Tune building a reputation as trend-setters; a brand that consistently breaks some of the most exciting artists of our generation.
The past twelve months has seen the imprint furthering the careers of some firm favourites amongst the electronica fraternity. 2018 alone started off incredibly well for the label, with the release of rap trio Young Fathers‘ seminal album, Cocoa Sugar. This was quickly followed by several more unmissable long-players, Modeselektor, Leon Vynehall, Helena Hauff, and Actress (alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra), all pitching in with albums that have rightfully garnered critical acclaim.
Looking back to 2017, Ninja Tune saw an equally successful year. Bicep released their critically acclaimed, eponymous album, and they were joined in the ranks by Bonobo, Forest Swords, Nathan Fake, and The Bug, who collaborated with Earth for their combined release; the thought-provoking Concrete Desert LP. Actress weighed in with a highly anticipated solo effort, AZD, one of my personal favourites from last year’s Ninja back catalogue.
You can probably see where we’re going with this. It seems that Ninja Tune can do very little wrong in the current climate. Their stable, which seems to continue growing exponentially, features some of the most exciting artists, releasing groundbreaking music that stands leagues above the riskless mundanity we see churned out elsewhere. We have absolutely no doubt in our minds that the Label of the Year accolade is thoroughly well deserved as, without Ninja Tune, the electronica landscape would certainly look a lot flatter than it does today.
To celebrate the label’s victory, we will be dedicating Thursday to Saturday to Ninja Tune related items, so news, reviews, and a few little extra surprises – expect to see a few of those pop up amongst our other articles. Stay posted.