With the success of Estelle, Dizzee Rascal, The Streets and plenty others, it’s clear UK hip-hop has finally meshed—if not assimilated—with America’s pop/hip-hop dominance. But back before all this trans-Atlantic cooperation existed, there was Coldcut, who’s remix of Eric B. and Rakim’s “Paid In Full” took U.S. dance floors by storm way back in the ’80s. The duo went on to helm one of the most successful UK “hip-hop” labels in history, even if much of the label’s releases had little if anything to do with rap music.
In Sept., Ninja Tune celebrates 20 years in the game with a six-disc box set, Ninja Tune XX, which will include two discs of exclusive material from Roots Manuva, DJ Vadim, Coldcut and Kid Koala, as well as unheard remixes by El-P, Cut Chemist and Gaslamp Killer. All of the exclusive material will also come pressed to 7-inch vinyl, along with a poster and a book, Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces.