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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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.


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.


On this edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, journalist Lauren Martin chats with Travis Stewart, also known as Machinedrum. “A View Of U”, Stewart’s new album on Ninja Tune is his most collaborative to date, featuring a cast of collaborators including Sub Focus, Chrome Sparks, Father, Freddie Gibbs, and more. On this episode Machinedrum talks about the new LP and how it relates to the universe, the infinite and out of body experiences. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast.

Music Declares Emergency

On this edition of the Ninja Tune Podcast, journalist and broadcaster Kate Hutchinson sits down with Ninja Tune MD Peter Quicke, Fay Milton from the band Savages and Chiara Badiali from Julie’s Bicycle. All three are co-founders of Music Declares Emergency, a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency. In this episode they discuss the music industry's response to the climate emergency and what needs to be done to help fix the crisis. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast. Note: This podcast was recorded pre-covid lockdown