Purveyors of audiovisual club events, and VJ pioneers, the NinjaTune label continues with live events tied in with the excellent ZenTV DVD release. After initial gigs in the UK and Europe the ZenTV line-up splits in East and West directions. Amon Tobin, Kid Koala, Bonobo, Blockhead & Sixtoo continue North American gigs from 17 March. The Euro-contingent of Coldcut, Pest, Skalpel and Hexstatic perform in Paris on the 18 March before moving on to Germany and Japan.
Details: US tour | Europe/Japan tour
The Zen TV DVD – Video Retrospective is an excellent primer to the emerging hybrid VJ/music video form, including classics such as Coldcut & Hexstatic’s Timber (containing the best chainsaw solo in history) alongside Amon Tobin’s 4 Ton Mantis (Floria Sigismondi-directed), and his ultra-synced Verbal promo (by Alexander Rutterford).
From Ninja Tune website:
“The ZenTV DVD has twice the capacity of a normal DVD, containing as it does 35 promo videos from the label, a fifteen minute audiovisual mix and a 30 minutes audio mix from Hexstatic.
Some of the top up-and-coming names in video direction and animation have worked for Ninja in the last few years. Because they know that if they pitch an interesting, visually striking, innovative idea, they will be left to get on with it without interference. Established directors like Alexander Rutterford (Amon Tobin, now working for Radiohead) Sam Arthur (DJ Vadim) as well as young turks like Conkerko (Bonobo). Fizzy Eye made their first music video for Wagon Christ (the truly excellent Receiver)”
ZENDV85PAL DVD (PAL Version): a NinjaTune music videos retrospective.
Complete content listing:
01 Funki Porcini – What Are You Looking At?
02 Jaga Jazzist – Animal Chin
03 Mr Scruff – Sweetsmoke
04 Coldcut & Hexstatic – Timber
05 Hexstatic – Auto
06 Amon Tobin – Verbal
07 Bonobo – Pick Up
08 The Herbaliser – Missing Suitcase
09 Skalpel – Sculpture
10 Funki Porcini – Atomic Kitchen
11 DJ Vadim – Its On
12 Blockhead – Insomniacs Olympics
13 Hexstatic – Ninja Tune
14 Wagon Christ – Receiver
15 Jaga Jazzist – Day
16 Coldcut – DJ Set
17 Coldcut – More Beats & Pieces
18 Mr Scruff – Get A Move On
19 Funki Porcini – Rockit Soul
20 Amon Tobin – 4 Ton Mantis
21 Coldcut & Hexstatic – Natural Rhythm
22 Kid Koala – Basin Street Blues
23 Cinematic Orchestra – All That You Give
24 The Herbaliser – Something Wicked
25 Sesame Street feat. Pointer Sisters – Pinball Number Count (DJ Food edit 2003)
26 Flanger – Options In The Fire
27 Animals On Wheels – Never In And Never Out
28 Neotropic – Sunflower Girl
29 Coldcut – Re:volution
30 Pest – Chicken Spit
31 The Herbaliser – Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks
32 Bonobo – Flutter
33 Homelife – Flying Wonders
34 Mr Scruff – Honeydew
35 Kid Koala – Fender Bender
36 Hexstatic Video mash-up (15 minutes)
37 Exclusive audio mix (60 minutes)
38 Album Sleeve Gallery
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