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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00004WEUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Xen To One RatioSteinski's Intro 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. ShowtimeBig Dada Sound 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 2 Tha LeftDynamic Syncopation feat. Mass Influence 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. QMST Love 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 8 Point AgendaThe Herbaliser feat. Latyrx 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. UgMr. Scruff 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. MemoriesNeotropic feat. Shorti aka Resonance 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rhythm And Blues Angus Steak HouseCabbageboy 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Saboteur (Roots Manuva version)Amon Tobin 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Your Revolution (version)DJ Vadim feat. Sarah Jones 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Nepalese Bliss (Jimpster mix)The Irresistible Force 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Emperor's Main CourseKid Koala 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Give It UpColdcut 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hip Hop BarrioUp, Bustle & Out 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Blue FlamesQuannum MCs 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Night Night Theme [Explicit]The Infesticons 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Hear The DrummerLuke Vibert 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Ninjah (We Are Ninja)Fink feat. Frank Chickens 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Joy of X (Spotters Delight)Flexus 1:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. The 10th VictimClifford Gilberto 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Soul PrideNeptune 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Los Locos Cubanos (Snowboy Mix)Up, Bustle & Out 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Down & To The LeftAmon Tobin 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. My Life's In These BottlesLoka 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Original SinsChris Bowden 7:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. RestlessThe Clifford Gilberto Rhythm Combination 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Build A Church With Your FearAnimals On Wheels 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. The Ageing Young Rebel (Gentle Cruelty)DJ Food feat. Ken Nordine 8:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Quicksilver LoomFlanger 8:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Big Sea (edit)Funki Porcini 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. ArcaneArc 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Big Amoeba SoundMax & Harvey 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Twice The First TimeSaul Williams 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. More Beats & Pieces (John McEntire Tortoise mix)Coldcut 6:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen35. Dubble (Organ Swell)Funki Porcini 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen36. No MindHappy Campers 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. Peace Pt 1DJ Food 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen38. Happy BandMr. Scruff 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen39. Drunk Trumpet (Live at The Metro, Chicago)Kid Koala 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Non Lateral HypothesisDJ Vadim 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Ninja Tune (The Process mix)Hexstatic 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Movements (Live at Inside Tracks)Roots Manuva 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Feel'n You & MeSukia vs DJ Food 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen44. Channel 1 Suite (Four Tet remix)Cinematic Orchestra 7:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen45. Bad SexAmon Tobin feat. Chris Morris 5:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen46. Bruce Lee MC (edit)Quincy 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Modesty, a lack of pomposity, humility. Skipping through a field of stiff upper lips with a twinkle in the eye, this is how the true Ninj likes to see him or herself. Ego squashed beneath rigor and correctitude. Masked, clothing fashionably but unobtrusively black. Understated.

Tenth anniversary? Pah, old hat, been done (to death) by everybody else already - eight hundred CDs belched from the depths of a marketing man's torrid night-time cum-hither fantasy. Now That's What I Call A Bunch Of Old Ravers/Jazzers/IndustryTarts Cashing In Number 4080…

But hey, we're due a new Ninja Cuts anyway. Why not tie it in a little? Come up with a high-concept title - XEN - in gold leaf lettering, just for a larf like? Why not? Keep it short, sweet and see what happens?

The grand old heads meet and agree the principle - ad hoc stylee. The new Ninja Cuts is born.

But baby Xen is not like other compilations. While the Ninja do their ninjy thing (y'know, with those little stars and all of that), baby Xen starts sucking stuff in, feeding, feeding, a black hole in the corner of the office, forever sucking. Insatiable.

It's just a single CD of new material.

Growing…

It's a double CD of new material and singles tracks.

More…

It's a double CD of new material and singles tracks plus a third CD of 'missed, skipped and flipped' something like that tunes.

And suddenly, the Ninja look up from their desks and in the corner of the room is Xen-Elvis in the Laos/Vegas phase, a huge, sparkling, bloated monster of a compilation, surrounded by four hundred dancing girls (policitcally correct, o'course), four hundred dancing boys (anatomically correct, o'course), pyrotechnics, a Noah's ark of performing animals, great skipfuls of fattening food and a pantheon of two-headed gods, all smiling beatifically and setting their bellies wiggling in time with a multiplicity of beats. All giving off this weird glow - buddhist technicolor.

And the buildings are trembling, cracks appearing in the walls, spangly stars flying out of every orifice of the screaming office Ninj, swirling up and round Xenelvis as he begins to puke out great swathes of music. Stylistically

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sep 2000
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 By Simon J. Whight on 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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By A Customer on 11 Sep 2000
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, Fink and others. 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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