About Us

Formed in London by Matt Black and Jonathan More, the duo known as Coldcut in 1990, Ninja Tune have established themselves as one of the world’s leading independent record labels, etching its story into the pages of ground-breaking British music.

Now a bonafide music institution both on these shores and beyond, they are synonymous with diverse, uncompromising releases and equally visionary artists, committed to pushing the boundaries of expectation — from the sweatiest basement clubs to the Royal Albert Hall, from underground classics to Mercury Prize-winning albums.

Spanning over 25 years, the label has consistently defied genres for both critical and commercial acclaim — most recently manifesting itself in 2015’s Innovator Award from revered industry institution the Association of Independent Music (AIM), Label of the Year at the 2016 edition of Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards and DJ Mag’s Best of British 2017, reaching #5 in the UK charts with Bonobo’s ‘Migration’, #3 Billboard position for ODESZA’s ‘A Moment Apart’ (both Grammy nominated, 4 in total) breaking 1M sales of The Heavy’s celebrated single ‘How You Like Me Now’, 500K sales of ‘Say My Name’ by ODESZA (both Counter Records) and selling out the 5K capacity Warehouse Project, Manchester in under 2 hours.

Like all forward-thinking labels, however, Ninja Tune’s success doesn’t begin and end with their own roster of talent.

Big Dada, the UK’s most prominent hip-hop label, launched the careers of homegrown legends Roots Manuva and Kate Tempest, as well as thrusting US behemoths such as Diplo and Run The Jewels into the wider global consciousness.

Alongside this, Counter Records have masterminded recent commercial success with ODESZA, The Heavy, Maribou State and more, seriously shaping the sound of emerging music scenes the world over. Releases from prominent underground figureheads Jay Daniel, UMFANG and Peggy Gou has seen Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint make waves in recent years. From all-encompassing album campaigns to no-fuss, no-fanfare affairs, Ninja Tune have ensured that their brand’s identity is never compromised, regardless of genre or classification.

These successes didn’t go unnoticed by the wider music community. Having added Flying Lotus’ legendary imprint Brainfeeder and Werkdiscs, helmed by elusive UK pioneer Actress, into the Ninja Tune machine, the Ninja Tune family now count Grammy Award-winning Thundercat and jazz giant Kamasi Washington as staples of their current stable.

By nature, the label are continually looking for new and innovative ways to develop the brand, having grown from the brainchild of the two-man Coldcut team to a living, breathing organisation boasting 70+ employees based all over the world. It has encouraged interactive technology, embraced the audio-visual world, created its own publishing company, Just Isn’t Music, and made innovative use of software

Social Activism: Ninja Tune devote time and resources to working on non-profit initiatives to support the community around them and also to develop a dialogue with their audiences on relevant social issues. Initiatives they have got involved in include inner city music workshops, supporting local fundraisers (an employee runs The Indie Music Cup) and directly reducing their carbon imprint through cutting edge technologies. Ninja Tune have recently expanded their commitment to Social Activism by taking on a consultant and several exciting projects are being developed.

 

NINJA TUNE - NOMINATIONS & AWARDS


The GRAMMYs
2021 Thundercat - Best Progressive R&B Album for 'It Is What It Is' (Brainfeeder) - Winner
2021 Jayda G - Best Dance Recording for 'Both Of Us' 
2021 Flying Lotus - Producer of the Year for 'It Is What It Is' (Brainfeeder)
2020 Georgia Anne Muldrow - Best Urban Contemporary Album for ‘Overload’ (Brainfeeder) 
2020 Bonobo - Best Dance Recording for ‘Linked’ 
2020 Marie Davidson - Best Remixed Recording for ‘Work It’ (Soulwax Remix)
2018 ODESZA - Best Dance / Electronic Album for ‘A Moment Apart’ 
2018 ODESZA - Best Dance Recording for ‘Line Of Sight’ 
2018 Bonobo - Best Dance / Electronic Album for ‘Migration’ 
2018 Bonobo - Best Dance Recording for ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’ 

The Mercury Prize
2014 Young Fathers - ‘Dead’ - Winner
2014 Kae Tempest - ‘Everybody Down’ 
2009 Speech Debelle - ‘Speech Therapy’ - Winner
2004 Ty - ‘Upwards’ 
2002 Roots Manuva - ‘Run Come Save Me’ 

Ivor Novello Awards
2019 Young Fathers - Best Album for ‘Cocoa Sugar’ 
2016 Roots Manuva - Best Contemporary for ‘Cargo’ 

A2IM Libera Awards (USA)
2021 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year (Big)
2021 Thundercat - Record Of The Year for 'It Is What It Is' (Brainfeeder)
2021 Thundercat - Best R&B Record for 'It Is What It Is' (Brainfeeder)
2021 Actress - Best Dance/Electronic Record for 'Karma & Desire'
2018 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year (Big) 
2017 Bonobo - Best Dance/Electronica Album for 'Migration' - Winner
2017 Bonobo - Album Of The Year for 'Migration' 
2017 Bonobo - Video Of The Year for “Kerala"
2017 Bonobo - Best Creative Packaging for ‘Migration’ 
2017 Thundercat - Album Of The Year for ‘Drunk’  (Brainfeeder)
2016 Kamasi Washington - Album Of The Year for ‘The Epic’ (Brainfeeder) 
2016 Kamasi Washington - Best Breakthrough Artist for ‘The Epic’ (Brainfeeder)
2016 Kamasi Washington - Groundbreaking Album Of The Year for ‘The Epic’ (Brainfeeder) - Winner 
2016 Kamasi Washington - Heritage Album Of The Year for ‘The Epic’ (Brainfeeder) - Winner 
2016 Brainfeeder - Label Of The Year (Small) 
2012 Amon Tobin - Creative Packaging Award for 'Control Over Nature' (CD/Book) - Winner

The AIM Independent Music Awards 
2020 Marie Davidson - Best Remix for ‘Work It (Soulwax) Remix’
2020 Bicep - Breakthrough Of The Year 
2020 Floating Points - Best [Difficult] Second album for ‘Crush’
2020 Floating Points - International Breakthrough
2019 Maribou State - Best [Difficult] Second Album for ‘Kingdoms In Colour’ 
2019 Maribou State - International Breakthrough 
2019 Jordan Rakei - Album Of The Year for ‘Origin’ 
2018 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year - Winner 
2018 Peggy Gou - Track Of The Year for ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ - Winner
2018 Young Fathers - Album Of The Year for ‘Cocoa Sugar’ 
2018 Leon Vynehall - Video Of The Year for ‘Movements - Chapter III)’ 
2018 Bicep - Track Of The Year for ‘Glue’ 
2017 Bonobo - Best Video Of The Year for ‘No Reason’ 
2016 Roots Manuva - Track Of The Year for ‘Don’t Breathe Out’ 
2016 Roots Manuva - Album Of The Year for ‘Bleeds’ 
2016 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year 
2015 Ninja Tune - Innovator Award - Winner 
2015 Young Fathers - Best [Difficult] Second Album for ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ - Winner
2015 Young Fathers - Hardest Working Band & Album Of The Year 
2015 The Bug - Album Of The Year for ‘Angels & Devils’ 
2014 Bonobo - Best Live Act & Hardest Working Band 
2014 Young Fathers - International Breakthrough Of The Year 
2014 Actress - Album Of The Year for ‘Ghettoville’ 
2014 Kae Tempest - Album Of The Year for ‘Everybody Down’ 
2014 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year 
2013 Bonobo - Best Live Act 
2013 Bonobo.- Special Catalogue Release Of Year for ‘The North Borders’ 
2012 Speech Debelle - Best [Difficult]  Second Album for ‘Freedom Of Speech” 
2012 The Invisible - Best [Difficult]  Second Album for ‘Rispah” 
2012 Lorn - Genre Spotlight Award 
2012 Amon Tobin - Special Catalogue Release Of The Year for ‘ISAM’
2012 Ninja Tune - Label of The Year
2011 Ninja Tune - Innovative Marketing Campaign of the Year for ‘Ninja Tune XX’ - Winner
2011 Toddla T - Best [Difficult] Second Album for ‘Watch Me Dance’ 
2011 Ninja Tune - Best Catalogue Release of year for ‘Ninja Tune XX’ 

UK Music Video Awards
2018 Young Fathers - Best Artist - Winner 
2018 Young Fathers - Best Editing In A Video for ’Toy’ 
2018 Young Fathers - Best UK Alternative Video for ’Holy Ghost’ 
2018 Leon Vynehall - Best UK Alternative Video for ’Movements (Chapter III)’
2017 Bonobo - Best UK Dance Video for ‘No Reason’ - Winner 
2017 Bonobo - Best Production Design In A Video for ‘No Reason’ - Winner 
2017 Bonobo - Best UK Dance Video for ‘Kerela’ 
2017 Bicep - Best UK Dance Video for ‘Aura’ 
2017 Young Fathers - Best UK Alternative Video for ‘Mr Martyr’ 
2015 DELS - Best Urban Budget Video for ‘Burning Beaches’ - Winner
2011 DELS feat Roots Manuva & Joe Goddard - Best Urban Budget Video for 'Capsize’ 
2011 DELS  - Best Urban Budget Video for ‘Trumpalump’ 
2009 Speech Debelle - Best Independent Budget Video for ‘The Key’ - Winner
2008 Cinematic Orchestra - Best Cinematography for ‘To Build A Home’

Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards
2020 Sampa The Great - Track Of The Year for ‘Final Form’ - Winner 
2017 Jameszoo - John Peel Play More Jazz Award (Brainfeeder) - Winner
2016 Ninja Tune - Label Of The Year - Winner 
2015 Kamasi Washington - Album Of The Year for ‘The Epic” (Brainfeeder) - Winner
2013 Brainfeeder - Label Of The Year - Wnner
2006 Bonobo - Album Of The Year for ‘Days To Come” - Winner
2003 Ty - Album Of The Year for ‘Upwards’ - Winner 
2002 The Cinematic Orchestra - Release Of The Year for ‘Everyday’ - Winner
1999 The Cinematic Orchestra - Release Of The Year for ‘Motion’ - Winner 

D&AD Awards
2020 Sampa The Great - Wood Pencil Winner for ‘Final Form’ Video
2019 Young Fathers - Graphite Pencil Winner for ‘Cocoa Sugar’ Graphic Design 
2017 Bonobo - Wood Pencil Winner for ‘No Reason’ Production Design For Video
2016 Amon Tobin - Wood Pencil Winner for ‘Dark Jovian’ Graphic Design 
2013 Lorn - Wood Pencil Winner for ‘Ask The Dust’ Graphic Design 
2009 The Cinematic Orchestra - Graphite Pencil Winner for ‘To Build A Home’ Video 

MOBO Awards
1999 Roots Manuva - Best Hip Hop Act - Winner 

The BRIT Awards 
2021 Bicep - British Group
2021 Bicep - Breakthrough Artist
2003 Roots Manuva - British Urban Act

Scottish Album Of The Year Awards
2018 Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ - Winner
2016 Young Fathers ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’ 
2015 Young Fathers ‘Dead’ 
2014 Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ - Winner

ARIA Awards (Australian Recording Industry Association Awards) 
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Female Artist  ‘The Return’ - Winner 
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Independent Release ‘The Return’ - Winner 
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Hip Hop Release  ‘The Return’ - Winner
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Album ‘The Return’   
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Live Act 
2019 Sampa The Great - Best Hip Hop Release ‘ Final Form” - Winner 
2019 Sampa The Great - Best Video ‘Final Form’ 

Australian Music Prize
2019 Sampa The Great - Album of The Year ‘The Return’ - Winner
2017 Sampa The Great - Album Of The Year ‘Birds and the BEE9’ - Winner
2017 Jordan Rakei - Album Of The Year ‘Wallflower’

Music Victoria Awards (Australia) 
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Album for ’The Return’ - Winner
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Solo Artist - Winner
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Soul, Funk, Gospel or R&B Album for  ’The Return’ - Winner
2020 Sampa The Great - Best Song for ‘OMG’ - Winner
2019 Sampa The Great - Best Hip Hop Act - Winner 

MTV EMAs
2019 Sampa The Great - Best Australian Act - Winner 

Juno Awards (Canada)
2001 Kid Koala - Best Alternative Album for ‘Carpal Tunnel Syndrome’ 

Polaris Music Prize (Canada)
2019 Marie Davidson - ‘Working Class Woman’ 
2006 Cadence Weapon -  ‘Breaking Kayfabe’ 

Edison Pop Prize (Holland)
2015 Martyn - “Air Between Worlds’ Best Dance Album - Winner

Making Vinyl Awards
2019 Jayda G - ‘Best Save The Earth’ Release for 'Significant Changes' - Winner

Interactive Music Awards
2002 Ninja Tune - Best Label - Winner

Electronic Music Awards
2017 Bonobo - Album of The Year for ‘Migration’ Winner 
2017 Bonobo - Live Act Of The Year 
2017 ODESZA - Producer Of The Year 

Echo Music Prize (Germany)
2015 Kamasi Washington - Best Jazz Instrumentalist - Winner

Selected ‘Ninja Tune Label’ Press Awards 
2019 Top Labels Of The Decade (Dancing Astronaut) 
2018 Labels That Defined 2018 (Clash)
2018 10 Best Labels (Tsugi, France) 
2017 Labels Of Year (Pigeons & Planes)
2017 #1 Label Of The Year (Mixmag)
2017 Labels Of The Decade (Mixmag) 
2017 #1 Label Of The Year (DJ) 
2017 Labels Of The Year  (XLR8R)
2016 Labels Of The Year (Billboard) 
2015 Labels Of The Year (Bleep) 
2014 Labels Defining The Sound Of The Year (Guardian Guide) 
2014 Labels Of The Year (Resident Advisor) 
2011 10 Best Labels (Observer) 
2010 Labels Of The Year (Resident Advisor)
2010 #1 British Label Of The Year (DJ)
2008 Labels Of The Year (Independent) 
2000 Labels Of The Decade (Time Out) 
1996 #1 Club Night Of Year for ‘Stealth’ (NME) 
1992 Label Of The Month (Mixmag) 

Amongst hundreds of other press awards across the label for its artists.