Ninja Tune Celebrates it's 25th Anniversary with an All-Star Cast

The event was sold out, featuring Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Leon Vynehall, and Sepalcure
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The event was sold out, featuring Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Leon Vynehall, and Sepalcure

25 years ago, Matt Black and Jonathan More founded an independent record label called Ninja Tune as a response to the restrictions they experienced when working with major labels. The name itself refers to their stealthy, underground presence operating outside the spectrum of mainstream music. Since then, Ninja Tune has solidified a place as one of the premiere record labels fusing experimental electronic music with hip-hop undertones. 

The label celebrated a quarter century of amazing music with a standout party at the Globe Theater in downtown LA, featuring some of experimental electronic's best and brightest artists as well as mind blowing visuals from Flying Lotus' lead visual designer Strangeloop.

Sepalcure Ninja Tune 25th Anniversary Photo by Jennica Abrams

Photo by Jennica Abrams

Sepalcure kicked things off with their upbeat yet ambient array of songs, setting the mood for the night as people began to filter in. Footwork speed kick drums pulsed through the room as atmospheric melodies bounced around the sonic spectrum. 

Leon Vynehall Ninja Tune 25th Anniversary Photo by Jennica Abrams

Photo by Jennica Abrams

Leon Vynehall took the stage next, keeping the vibe going with a steady succession of house tracks ranging from disco to deep varieties. 

Jon Hopkins Ninja Tune 25th Anniversary Photo by Jennica Abrams

Photo by Jennica Abrams

The most impressive performance of the night came from Jon Hopkins. His set continued to move the dance floor with familiar house beats, coupled with a few new twists. Hopkins' set fluctuated from the ambient House feel by his predecessors to improvised bass heavy barrages that undulated in sync with his frenzied knob twisting.

Bonobo Ninja Tune 25th Anniversary Photo by Jennica Abrams

Photo by Jennica Abrams

Bonobo closed out the night with another ambient yet intriguing set of House music. Although the crowd mostly swayed gently to Bonobo's tasteful selections, songs like "Cirrus" created an eruption of excitement from the audience. 

Check out a few more photos from the event below, and if you're in the LA area, be sure to make it out to Part 2 of Ninja Tune's 25th Anniversary featuring The Bug, Earth and Liz Harris of Grouper, and William Basinski on Friday December 11th.