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Ninja Cuts: Flexistentialism

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One of the most popular UK labels to come out of the mid-'90s trip-hop revolution, Ninja Tune seems to have as many compilations as they do regular albums. Combine that with a heavily syndicated weekly radio show and you have to wonder if any one compilation CD is really that much better than any other. Ninja Cuts: Flexistentialism is a big maybe. Legendary Ninja cuts like Coldcut's "Atomic Jam" and DJ Vadim's "London State of Mind" are tracks that all beatheadz should experience at least once in there lives, while the house-minded "Do You Believe in Love?" by Ashley Beedle is a grade A piece of funk that got lost among the blunted selections Ninja Tune is known for.

The second disc is labeled "Scratchmological Waxploitation," and it mostly delivers on the heavy turntable activity, although Funki Porcini's "B Monkey" doesn't seem to have a crab, flair, or transformer anywhere in the song. But since this compilation carries so many sub-titles ("The Joy of Dex" and "24 uncompromised positions to increase your stealth") it's entirely possible that whoever compiled this thing was so in love with his hipster vocabulary that he forgot to worry about things like continuity. All but the most rabid Ninja Tune fans should be perfectly happy with the Xen Cuts three-CD compilation, and maybe the Coldcut and DJ Food Fight mix CD for a little extra flavor. Acquire those, and seeking out this disc becomes unnecessary.

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