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Ninja Tune Audio Volume IV: TranZfusion Sneak Preview

Author: michelle pirovich
Tuesday, October 8, 2002
Ninja Tune was created as a vehicle that allowed artists to produce music free from the restraints of the more commercial labels. Starting with Beats N Pieces and DJ Food, Matt Black and Jonathan More (the duo known as Coldcut) were praised by press and music lovers alike for creating a niche within the realms of hip hop and electronica. Ten years on and Ninja Tune continue to bring us genre-crossing eclecticism that forbids to be pigeon holed.

In conjunction with Ninja Tune, TranZfusion proudly brings you an extravaganza of fresh audio delights. Featuring DSP, Mr Scruff, The Cinematic Orchestra, The Herbaliser, Amon Tobin, Pest, Mos Def & Diverse, Super Numeri and Funki Porcini this assortment of tunes will undoubtedly whet your appetite for the summer months to come.

Below you will find a tastily crazy blend of jazz, funk, soulful beats, fine string and brass instrumentation and of course slabs of nightmarishly hard bass and a sweet touch of acid, and if all this isn't enough for you then go to Ninja Tune's newly revamped website.

DSP featuring Chill Rob G "Imagine That" from the LP "In the Red", Out: 16th September (UK/Europe). Another taster from DSP. "The production team of Loop Professor and B Allen aka Jonny Cuba have laid down some hefty mid-tempo tracks, with some of the best guest vocalists they could have". Already pumping through bass bins in North America and Japan, "In The Red" is now out worldwide and "Imagine That" features one of hip hops Old Skool legend rhyming to some straight up groovesome funk.

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Mr. Scruff "Beyond" comes from a limited edition 7"s and companion CD single. Out: 23rd September, another tasty slice of Mr. Scruff's new album "Trouser Jazz" released in September. 'Beyond', kicks off with an old soulful pounding beat, rolling bass line, and a voluptuous vocal from Homelife's Seaming To (who shone on Herbaliser's 'Something Wicked'). A class piece of funk. Mr. Scruff has built a reputation on the DJ circuit, for his genre-defying and strenuously long 6 hour sets and for his ability to add humour and playful sampling shenanigans. Mr. Scruff is currently on a 23-date tour of the UK and heading for his fifth trip to storm the dance floors of America and Canada this fall.

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The Cinematic Orchestra "Horizon" out 14th October. Returning from two trips to Japan, European Festivals and a current UK tour, and with the critical acclaim heaped on the new album, "Every Day," J Swinscoe and the Cinematic Orchestra deliver a dance floor destroyer, which stays true to the group's roots in jazz. The tune features Niara on vocals, the young London singer who so impressed Fontella Bass on her recent UK tour with the group, and no wonder. The uplifting, conscious lyric and her way of rising above the syncopated maelstrom make this a soul-jazz classic.

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The Herbaliser "Time To Build featuring Blade", Out: 21 October. The third single taken from the fine Herbaliser album, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', another chapter taken from their fourth and most comprehensive album work. "The tastiest blend of the Herbs yet" - The Independent On Sunday. "Not only their best album but one of the best the Brit beats scene has yet prod