Ninja Tune, founded in 1990, is at the forefront of boundary pushing electronic dance music. The label releases forward-thinking and uncompromising music on the regular and this week, four artists from its impressive roster were in-studio for the Ninja Tune EVR Takeover.
Lee Bannon, Bonobo, FaltyDL and Machinedrum joined Worldwide Smash’s DJ Stil Life to spin tracks and discuss their past, current and upcoming projects. Read more about the four artists below and listen to the takeover via the on-demand archive player at the top of this page.
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Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is perhaps best known for the critically acclaimed 2010 album Black Sands. Showcasing an emotive aesthetic akin to his upbringing in rural Hampshire, UK, the record marries inimitable melodic genius and cutting edge electronics, bass and drums. Bonobo is also recognized for his aptitude as a DJ after taking the uptempo, club re-edits of Black Sands to dance floors across the world in 2012. With a long history of unearthing fresh talent and his latest studio album, The North Borders, saw him do so once again after featuring the startling vocals of Szjerden. Released in March 2013, The North Borders was accompanied by a huge run of international tour dates.
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A true electronic music Renaissance man, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Born Travis Stewart, he is praised for melding current pop standards with experimental production techniques. His debut, Now You Know, was released in 2001 on the Miami-based Merck Records and he has maintained a steady flow of releases after relocating to techno mecca Berlin in 2011. These releases include the Alarmaa EP on LuckyMe and his very first releases on Planet Mu Records—the Sacred Frequency EP, which served as a teaser for the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP—immediately followed by Ecstasy Boom, and a self-titled LP from Sepalcure that anchored the duo as true tastemakers of electronica.
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Drew Lustman grew up playing piano and upright bass in jazz and classical groups in Connecticut, before going solo at the age of 19 under the name FaltyDL. After Mike Paradinas of Planet Mu agreed to release his records, FaltyDL relocated to New York where he expanded and evolved his signature sound over two albums, an EP and three singles for the label. An in-demand remixer, he has worked for the likes of Mount Kimbie, The XX, Scuba, Photek and Anthony Shake Shakir. He’s also set up his own label, Blueberry Records, named for both the fruit and the Blueberry Hill he used to climb near his grandmother’s house.
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Experimental hip-hop producer, Lee Bannon, from Sacramento, California, has gained recognition for his signature sound that includes trance, jungle and deep house music, leading him to produce for the likes of Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul and Souls of Mischief. After a series of collaborations and releases, he released the Fantastic Plastic album in 2012, toured with Joey Bada$$ and even appeared on Fallon alongside The Roots. He also produced songs on the Pro Era compilation Peep the The aPROcalypse and worked on Joey's follow up project Summer Knights. In February 2013, he released a follow-up to his Caligula Theme Music EP titled Caligula Theme Music 2.7.5 and a few months later, another EP called Never/mind/the/darkness/of/it. Later that summer, his track NW/WB took the internet by storm and listed him on SPIN's top 5 artists to watch that month.