Ninja Tune’s sister label Big Dada celebrates 20th anniversary with releases from Young Fathers, King Geedorah, Zomby, Hype Williams, Sampa The Great, Kutmah and many more. Stream a brand new Kutmah track ‘Bury Me By The River (feat. Gonjasufi)’ now.
2017 sees Ninja Tune’s sister label Big Dada celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Born in 1997, Big Dada was founded by Will Ashon as an outlet for the most innovative and progressive music emanating from the UK underground (and beyond) and twenty years deep, the label has remained steadfastly committed to this ethos. It’s impossible to ascribe any one sonic signature to Big Dada’s output, but the dedication and singular vision to advancing the sound has been evident from the very first release, spanning landmark records from Wiley, Diplo, Run The Jewels, King Geedorah (aka MF Doom), Roots Manuva, Young Fathers, Kate Tempest and Darq E Freaker, to name but a handful. What’s more this attitude has perhaps been acknowledged and reflected in multiple Mercury Prize nominations and two wins - for Speech Debelle (2009) and Young Fathers (2014).
To honour this milestone Big Dada will be celebrating throughout 2017 and into 2018 with music from artists current and new who encompass the label’s singular spirit while continuing to push things forward. Included will be brand new releases from Young Fathers, King Geedorah, Zomby, Hype Williams, Sampa The Great, Visionist, WEN, Farai, EERA, Kai Whiston and new signing Kutmah, who today shares his brand new single ‘Bury Me By The River’ - featuring vocals by Gonjasufi.
Founded on a stoned, swampy guitar riff loop by close friend and collaborator Dario Roja Guerra (aka Natureboy Flako), it was born when Kutmah - real name Justin McNulty - vined something with the instrumental playing in the background. ‘Sufi commented, asking what the track was, and about 4 months later sent over a rough vocal that Justin loved.
The British born, LA-grown and now Berlin-based DJ/producer and forerunner of the so-called “LA Beats” movement - is putting the finishing touches to his debut album, due later this year on the imprint that shaped his taste as a teenager.
"Big Dada started the same year I started DJing,” he explains. "Not DJing in clubs or making tapes. Literally when I first touched turntables. If you'd told me in 1997 that I'd one day be releasing my debut album on a label alongside Saul Williams, Anti-Pop Consortium, Abstract Rude, King Geedorah and Roots Manuva I would have laughed!"
“Big Dada has, and continues to be, a vital part of the Ninja Tune family,” explain Ninja Tune founders Matt Black and Jon More (Coldcut). “It’s an important creative force that champions wild and wonderful music, with roots in Hip-Hop the label has grown to encompass a wide range of experimental artists."