Ninja Tune Podcast

The official Ninja Tune Podcast featuring exclusive interviews and music from the artists of Ninja Tune & guests from beyond. Expect the likes of Bicep, Actress, Jayda G, Marie Davidson, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, The Bug, Sampa The Great, Music Declares Emergency, The Cinematic Orchestra, Coldcut, Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Kae Tempest, Kelis, Machinedrum, Mr Scruff, Romare, Roots Manuva, Thundercat, Young Fathers and many more...

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Matt Black (Coldcut) & James Heather (Ambient Music Interview)

Interview with Matt Black, co-founder of Ninja Tune and one half of Coldcut. We explore his relationship with ambient music via some song selections that have signposted his life and also play music from and speak about the @0 ambient compilation he put together in aid of the charities Calm, Mind and Black Minds Matter. We discuss and play music from Ryuichi Sakamoto, Irresistible Force, Specimens, Coldcut, Steve Reich, Steve Roach and many more and get into the mind of this fascinating artist. This show originally aired as a Moving Sounds interview on Soho Radio.

Mind w/ ELKKA, Percolate, Yaya Bey & Peach

On this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, we teamed up with Mind to organise a panel discussing mental health in the electronic music industry. The panel was hosted by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at the mental health charity, Mind. Mind have been working in partnership with Ninja Tune, Paradigm, POLY and Percolate to raise awareness of mental health across the electronic music industry and in the podcast, Emma was joined by Simon Denby (Percolate), ELKKA (Technicolour / femme culture), Peach (NTS) and Yaya Bey (Big Dada). They explored issues like stigma, how to take care of your mental health while working in the industry and what needs to change across the industry to make it more supportive of people’s mental health. Mind in partnership with Ninja Tune, Paradigm, POLY and Percolate have developed some resources for people working in the electronic music industry so they can take care of their own mental health and look out for others There is a guide for: Organisations including a section for managers Artist managers - how to support your artists and take care of yourself Employees - how to take care of your own mental health and look out for others Freelancers - how to take care of your own mental health and look out for others You can find the resources at: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/music-sector-guides/

Black Country, New Road & Slint

In this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, Luke Mark and Isaac Wood from the band Black Country New Road chat with Britt Walford, the drummer and founder of the influential band Slint. BC,NR and Slint are often compared to each other, so for the podcast we asked both groups to compile a list of records that they were listening to which either inspired their own musical output, that were important to them in some way or simply what they were listening to during the time of recording. Black Country, New Road’s debut LP ‘For the first time’ is out now on Ninja Tune and Slint’s ‘Spiderland’ turns 30 years old this month. Slint - Tweez: Big Black - Atomizer Saccharine Trust - Surviving You, Always Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime Killdozer - Burl Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising Slint - Spiderland: Neil Young - After the Goldrush Sonic Youth - Evol Urge Overkill - Jesus Urge Superstar AC/DC - Back in Black Madonna - Like a Prayer Iggy and The Stooges - The Stooges BC,NR: Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks The Wedding Present - Seamonsters Nirvana - Nevermind Texas Jerusalem Crossroads - Lift to Experience Arcade Fire - Funeral Taylor Swift - Fearless Oxbow - Thin Black Duke

Benny Wenda

In this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, Matt Black, Ninja Tune founder and 1/2 of Coldcut talks with Benny Wenda, the West Papuan independence leader. Coldcut — who are friends of the Wenda family and long term supporters of the Free West Papua campaign—invited Benny Wenda to contribute to the Keleketla! record that was released last year. The resulting track, ‘Papua Merdeka’, centres around a heartfelt political invocation led by Wenda. It’s a call for freedom for the nation of West Papua from Indonesia, from which Wenda fled in 2004 after being persecuted by the Indonesian military.

Bicep

On this episode of the Ninja Tune Podcast, we listen back to Rough Trade Shop’s Zoom Q&A with Matt and Andy from BICEP, who were joined by special guest host Joe Muggs for an intimate conversation, with an opportunity for audience questions. This live-streamed Q&A event celebrates the release of Isles, the new album from BICEP that is out now. Two years in the making, Isles expands on the artful energy of their 2017 debut Bicep.