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Xen Cuts [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00004WEUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Xen To One Ratio (Intro) - Steinski
2. Showtime - Big Dada Sound
3. 2 Tha Left - Dynamic Syncopation Feat. Mass Influence
4. QMS - T Love
5. 8pt Agenda - The Herbaliser Feat. Latyrx
6. Ug - Mr. Scruff
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Joy Of X (Spotters Delight) - Flexus Intro
2. The 10th Victim - Clifford Gilberto
3. Soul Pride - Neptune
4. Los Locos Cubanos (Snowboy Mix) - Up, Bustle & Out
5. Down & To The Lift - Amon Tobin
6. My Life's In These Bottles - Loka
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Twice The First Time - Saul Williams
2. More Beats And Pieces (John McEntire Tortoise Mix) - Coldcut
3. Dubble (Organ Swell) - Funki Porcini
4. No Mind - Happy Campers
5. Peace, Pt. 1 - DJ Food
6. Happy Band - Mr. Scruff
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Product Description

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Released as a tribute to the fact that Coldcut's legendary Ninja Tune imprint had been releasing records for a decade, this collection from the label's South London HQ showcases the rich array of talent they've amassed over the years. Though assembled in the same spirit as the seminal Ninja Cuts series, comprising of a mixture of back catalogue and material exclusive to the compilation, a crafty alteration of the title acts as a nod to the ten years since Bogus Order's "Zen Brakes" first fought its way onto a turntable. From the Steinski intro the tracklisting of the first of two compact discs has a distinct hip-hop leaning, slinking through lyrical activity from the likes of the Dynamic Syncopation before flipping a skit from Roots Manuva over Amon Tobin's "Saboteur" and dropping down to the sultry vocals of Sarah Jones, paralleling the Gil Scott Heron standard in its declaration that the "revolution will not be between these thighs." Flip to the second disc for a demonstration of Ninja's recent foray into cinematic funk, whether through the raging percussion of Chris Bowden or breathtaking orchestration of Clifford Gilberto's "Restless," the resultant experience is nothing if not widescreen. Settle down and reset your ears for two hours of cross dressing, genre bending bliss from one of the UK's most innovative record labels. --Kingsley Marshall

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xen Years of Independent Excellence. 11 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
How time flies when you're having fun! 10 years have passed in the presence of the Ninja Tunes ever-expanding label and it just keeps on getting better. This compilation is a killer.
CD1 is full of all your favourite groups; The Herbaliser, Roots Manuva, Mr Scruff, Cinematic Orchestra, Kid Koala, Coldcut and Fink. It's THE résumé of the Ninja Tunes cast-list and tracks like "8 Point Agenda" by the Herbaliser and Latryx just blow any competition away. The cut-up intro almost teases you to try and name as many of the great Ninja Tune hits as you can in 3 minutes.
CD2 is more chilled. A kind of Jazz Café del Mar with more imaginative rhythms and far less soporific.You end up asking yourself why you haven't heard of half of these artists before. Break out the Ninja Skins and enjoy!
CD3 is the unreleased, unheard of and the unusual side of Ninja Tunes. Again the question is posed: Who ARE these brilliant people and where do they all come from? Of course there are a few of your 'big names' thrown into the mix but that just makes for juicy reading on the back cover before you listen to it.
The other facter that got me hooked was the design. Ninja Tunes are kind of known for their unique design style and the kind of logo I wish I could have created of myself. The booklet gives a humourous run-down of the past 10 years, complete with chronological listing of all Ninja Tunes or N-Tone records ever released. Perfect for filling in the gaps of your collection, and believe me, when you get to the end of the third CD and put CD1 back on again without thinking, you'll want to know every Ninja Tune disc ever released and where you can get your hands on one, fast! Hats off to Coldcut, Ninja Tunes goes from strength to strength and this proves it. Damn it's good!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quantyquality 17 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a three disc effort showing the talent hidden within the Ninja Tune stable ... the blurb above says this is a 3 CD set, we get given 2 CDs worth of tracklisting here, handy. Look at the other Xen Cuts on offer here on Amazon though to see the FULL tracklising. This looks like the option to go for though since its about £6 cheaper! And what quality you get with the quantity too! The sheer volume of fantastic tracks on this collection makes it a must buy for fans of downtempo and hip hop. Its by far the best Ninja Tune compilation to date.
Far too many tracks to go into in detail in a review here but those who know their Ninja Tune will be right at home with offerings from Funki Porchini, Kid Koala, Coldcut (label bosses of Ninja Tune), DJ Food (who's Ageing Young Rebel appears on this CD in a version thats completely different ... and better to their album version), Roots Manuva, Luke Vibert ... the list just goes on. Each Ninja artist seems to have reached their peak with every track thats been selected from them, as if they have pulled out all the stops for this 10 year celebration of Ninja.
Each CD has a theme, disc 1 tends to take hip hop and rough gritty instrumental breaks, shining examples are from The Herbaliser, The Big Dada Soundsystem, Neotropic, DJ Vadim and Cabbageboy. Disc 2 heads for the more experimental and jazzy side of Ninja Tune, funk comes to the fore with cinematic soundscapes being the order of the day, DJ Food, Animals On Wheels, Funki Porchini and Amon Tobin all have quality offerings here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasticalchillinhiphopybeats 14 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great, super, I love Coldcut and was upset when my Journey By DJs was nicked! However, sad stories aside this album more than makes up for it! I just like the melting pot sound, everything semms to go in and naturally just blend together. I would really reccomend this to any body who likes to think in future years they were listening to a sublime revolution in music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xery, xery good 15 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Top selection of top tunes from a top label with top bands & djs. If you're a ninja tune afficionado then you'll love it and if you've never heard of ninja tune you'll love it as well. Undeniably good and a consistent level of high quality. Even the ones I don't like as much are still pretty good, but the best ones! Oh my god! Kid Koala, The Herbaliser with Latryx, DJ Vadim. Absolute class. This is the best label compilation you could ask for because ninja tune are the best label in the world, probably.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation 15 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
This was my first Ninja Tunes album, and initially i bought it partly of good s things i'd heard about the label, and partly because of the cool cover!
Each Cd has it's highlights in a musical journey of various styles. Cd1 is my favourite, with great tracks by Mr Scruff, Kid Koala and Coldcut. Cd2 is more elctronic with personal faves being DJ Food and Arc.
the bonus Cd also deserves a mention with the Saul Williams track at the start.
A perfect introduction to the many Ninja Tune artists and easeily worth 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars innovative hip hop and funk 1 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
At first I was amazed at the sheer number of tracks, but after listening to the album in full, I realised it wasn't a few good tracks bulked out with a bag of shite. The favourite tune has got to be track 6 on the 3rd CD which is a bloke scratching a trumpet sample to an old jazz joint.... in one word, the bomb
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars slinky smooth funky shizzle!
not enough words to describe the wonders of this furiously funky n layed back absolute GEM of an album! BLISS!
Published 1 month ago by Tomsk
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and chilled album
This albumn is pretty good, certain tracks appeal to me more than others but that's due to how varied the albumn is. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steph B
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
For all the fans of ninja tune, this album is a must have. Great tracks from great artists. Buy it.
Published 10 months ago by Tiago Mauro Rodrigues Lourenço
5.0 out of 5 stars class
I own the vinyl(s) version of this, after buying it off my mate for a complete bargain (somehow). I got it home straight away and slammed it on the turntable and man it blew my... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2008 by K. Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep BASS , PHAT beatZ and chunky vibes.
Yip, Once again The guys from Ninja Tune has proven themselves to be a unique sound. The best way to describe their style is to say its mega funky and really PHAT ... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2004 by J. Franken
2.0 out of 5 stars Xen Cuts,if your into that music,try herbaliser, its better!
Xen Cuts, for me can only manage to pull out a couple of good tracks, out of THREE CD'S!!. most of the tracks try to mix hip hop and funk with boring back-ground music, which... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars mmmmmmmmm....
funky. furious. funny. sit back and smoke one. this is a truly dope album; ninja tune prove that they have been providing the best cuts of chilled out, jazzed-up, all out... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2000 by sam@retina360.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Xen Years of Independent Excellence.
How time flies when you're having fun! 10 years have passed in the presence of the Ninja Tunes ever-expanding label and it just keeps on getting better. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2000
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