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Xen Cuts [Box]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Xen to One Ratio, The - (Steinski's intro)
    2. Showtime - Big Dada Sound
    3. 2 the Left - Dynamic Syncopation
    4. Qms - T.Love (The Process mix)
    5. 8pt Agenda - The Herbaliser/Latryrx
    6. Ug - Mr. Scruff
    7. Memories - Neotropic
    8. Rhythm & Blues Angus Steakhouse - Cabbageboy
    9. Saboteur - Amon Tobin (Roots Manuva Remix, Roots Manuva version)
    10. Your Revolution - DJ Vadim (new version)
    11. Nepalese Bliss - Irresistible Force (Jimpster Remix, remix)
    12. Emperor's Main Course in Cantonese - Kid Koala
    13. Give It Up - Coldcut
    14. Hip Hop Barrio - Up, Bustle and Out
    15. Blue Flames - Blackalicious
    16. Night Night Theme - Infesticons
    17. I Hear the Drummer - Luke Vibert
    18. Ninjah (We Are Ninja) - Frank Chickens/Fink
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Joy of X, The - (Flexus Intro)
    2. 10th Victim, The - Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination
    3. Soul Pride - The Cinematic Orchestra/PC
    4. Los Locos Cubanos - Up, Bustle and Out (Snowboy's Batarumbaconga Mix)
    5. Down & To the Left - Amon Tobin
    6. My Life in These Bottles - Loka
    7. Original Sins - Chris Bowden
    8. Restless - Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination
    9. Build a Church With Your Fear - Animals on Wheels
    10. Ageing Young Rebel, The - DJ Food/Ken Nordine (remix)
    11. Quicksilver Loom - Flanger
    12. Big Sea - Funki Porcini
    13. Arcane - Arc
    14. Big Amoeba Sound - Max & Harvey
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Twice the First Time - Saul Williams
    2. More Beats & Pieces - Coldcut (John McEntire Tortoise mix)
    3. Dubble (Organ Swell) - Funki Porcini
    4. No Mind - Happy Campers
    5. Peace Pt. 1 - DJ Food
    6. Happy Band - Mr. Scruff
    7. Drunk Trumpet - Kid Koala
    8. Non Lateral Hypothesis - DJ Vadim
    9. Ninja Tune - Hexstatic
    10. Movements - Roots Manuva
    11. Tried by 12 - East Flatbush Project (Squarepusher Remix)
    12. Feel'n You & Me - Sukia/DJ Food
    13. Channel 1 Suite - The Cinematic Orchestra (Four Tet Remix, Fourtet remix)
    14. Bad Sex - Amon Tobin/Chris Morris
    15. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 49

  • Credits
    EngineerJamie Finch; BBC

    Compilation producers include: Steinski, The Process, Andy Carthy.
    Recorded in London England and Havana, Cuba in April 1998.
    Personnel: Gay-Yee Westerhoff (cello); Andrew Ross (flute); Chris Bowden (alto saxophone); Alex James (piano); Minaly Biggs, Phil France (double bass); Flo, Tom Gordon (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jake Wherry.
    Audio Remixer: Ollie Teeba.
    Recording information: Blow's Yard, London, England; Sonocaribe Studios, Havana, Cuba.
    Arrangers: Chris Bowden; Quincy.
    Commemorating its tenth anniversary in similar fashion to the festivities at Warp during 1999, Ninja Tune Records celebrated with a three-disc compilation that spotlights not necessarily the greatest, but definitely the most overlooked, moments in the label's history. Founded in 1990 by Coldcut's Jonathan More and Matt Black in response to increasing frustration with major labels, Ninja Tune only earned notice after a few years of mediocre sampladelic records. When the enterprise really exploded in 1995, however, it soon spawned an excellent roster of artists from all sorts of beat-oriented camps: trip-hop (Funki Porcini, Up Bustle & Out), drum'n'bass (Amon Tobin, Animals on Wheels), and hip-hop (DJ Vadim, the Herbaliser, Kid Koala), as well as more ambient techno (Irresistible Force, Neotropic) via the Ntone sub-label. Xen Cuts presents almost 50 tracks spread over three hours, and the focus on previously unreleased (or unavailable on compact disc) material makes for a compilation of many pleasant surprises. Remixers provide many of the highlights, including Jimpster (Irresistible Force's "Nepalese Bliss"), Squarepusher (East Flatbush Project's "Tried by 12"), Roots Manuva (Amon Tobin's "Saboteur"), Fourtet (Cinematic Orchestra's "Channel 1 Suite), and John McEntire (the label classic "More Beats & Pieces" by Coldcut). Anyone seeking an overview that hits every high will be disappointed -- there's barely an original single to be found on this entire collection, despite the preponderance of B-sides -- but Ninja Tune exercised such remarkable quality control during the mid to late '90s that it barely shows. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (12/7/00, pp.112-4) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...3 discs worth of smoked-out, sample-heavy sounds from [Ninja Tune's] 10-year history....[it] bobs like a bong-water balloon..."
    Spin (p.134) - "This anthology showcases Ninja's strengths, like kinetic sample cut-and-pasting and scratchathons..."
    Spin (2/01, p.108) - "...Signature weirdness....Trickology; no apology."
    Q (10/00, p.134) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The hip-hop-centric CD-1 is the strongest, while CD2 takes a jazzy, atmospheric path and the more erratic CD3 is for devotees only. An intimidating but rewarding listen."
    Uncut (10/00, p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Three CDs...each as innovative and unpredictable as the other in terms of genre (hip hop, jazz, electronica and all crevices in between)..."
    Mixmag (9/00, p.165) - 3 out of 5 - "...Contains enough nuggety pleasures to outweigh the colon explorers..."
    Muzik (10/00, p.82) - 5 out of 5 - "...Stealth and efficency to the max....this is simply too good to miss..."
    Vibe (11/00, p.170) - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "...Displays a commitment to music that refuses to be pigeonholed and expands the vocabulary of hip hop."
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