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  • Formed: London, England
  • Years Active: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
  • Group Members: Matt and Joanna Black
  • Recent Activity: 12.05.16 unreleased from the CC vaults , was considered too lunched out to release. correct? or does it have a certain... https://t.co/bv5cc1dKJ6
  • Coldcut

  • Coldcut

  • Coldcut


Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Matt and Joanna Black

All Music Guide:

DJs Jonathan More and Matt Black, aka Coldcut, rose to acclaim in the mid-'80s through production and remix work for a number of modern rock, hip-hop, and dance outfits, including Yaz, Lisa Stansfield, Junior Reid, Blondie, Eric B. & Rakim, and Queen Latifah. While that connection has pegged them as a product of the U.K. acid house and rave scenes, the pair's larger commitment has been to urban breakbeat styles such as hip-hop, ambient dub, and jungle; the three of which have constituted the bulk of their recorded output since their first mid-'80s white-label EP, Hey Kids, What Time Is It? Comprising project titles like Hedfunk, Hex, DJ Food, and Coldcut, More and Black have assembled an empire of U.K. breakbeat and experimental hip-hop through their Ninja Tune/Ntone labels and been a unifying force in underground experimental electronic music through their eclectic radio show, Solid Steel, and club and tour dates.

More and Black got their start, not surprisingly, as radio DJs, working at the pirate station Network 21 during the first half of the '80s, and latching onto the snowballing club scene mid- to late-decade. Their claim to early fame, Hey Kids, What Time Is It?, was modeled on the cut'n'scratch turntable aesthetic of underground deck heroes like Grandmaster Flash and Double D & Steinski. Widely regarded as the U.K.'s first breaks record and an influential force in bringing identity to London's nascent club culture, the record -- released as a U.S. import billed to DJ Coldcut to avoid sample litigation -- opened as many doors for More and Black as it did for DJs, bringing scads of production and remix work their way. The attention (and sales royalties) also allowed them to launch their Ninja Tune and Ntone labels, which together have been home to some of the most acclaimed and influential artists of London's post-rave underground scene, including DJ Food, Drome, Journeyman, 9 Lazy 9, Up, Bustle & Out, and the Herbaliser.

Although Coldcut was their earliest nom de plume, following a befuddled contract with Arista, the name remained in legal channels for the following few years. The intervening period found the pair no less active, releasing a flood of material under different names and continuing to work with young groups. The Coldcut name returned to More and Black in 1995, and the pair celebrated with a mix CD as part of the Journeys by DJ series dubbed 70 Minutes of Madness. The release was credited with bringing to wider attention the sort of freestyle mixing the pair were always known for through their radio show on KISS FM, Solid Steel, and their steady club dates, a style that has since taken off through clubs like Blech and the Heavenly Sunday Social. In 1997, Coldcut finally released another full-length, Let Us Play! Two years later, the pair followed up with the remix album Let Us Replay! Numerous mix CDs appeared before they returned in 2006 with the new album Sound Mirrors, a slick album that recalled their debut.

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03.23.17 Electric Brixton London, Lbh UK

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Ninja Tune is an institution. It seems quite peculiar to think that a label that has always operated like its namesake, making unexpected moves in the shadows, circumventing usual music industry mechanisms, could have become so established — but 20 years on from its inception, there it is: a bona fide British musical institution. And at the heart of it, still, are the label's founders and self-styled "funky John Peels on four turntables," Matt Black… more »


  • 12.05.16 unreleased from the CC vaults , was considered too lunched out to release. correct? or does it have a certain... https://t.co/bv5cc1dKJ6
  • 12.03.16 Jammin' at the Jazz Cafe. https://t.co/d9VBEFzItX
  • 12.02.16 RT @SolidSteelRadio: oof @PaulWoolford on remix duty for @Coldcut https://t.co/15iAOMYWYK
  • 12.02.16 RT @XLR8R: .@matthewherbert remixes @Coldcut's "Only Heaven" feat. @rootsmanuva; hear it now https://t.co/T2MI5AkhKH https://t.co/AXbDGzzy2v
  • 12.02.16 RT @cadenza: Very honoured to be asked by @Coldcut to remix their new record Only Heaven. Stream all versions here --> https://t.co/l92KzB7…
  • 12.02.16 New @matthewherbert remix on @XLR8R! Remix EP out now also ft. Special Request (@PaulWoolford) & @cadenza… https://t.co/GeCyh9M0tm
  • 12.02.16 RT @PaulWoolford: Special Request X @Coldcut - Only Heaven https://t.co/DXgS92BUfz
  • 11.29.16 Coldcut vs Adrian Sherwood on the latest Solid Steel. Warm up for this Saturday's gig at London's Jazz Cafe! https://t.co/xNimhlik8a
  • 11.25.16 Coldcut back on vinyl and back on Solid Steel. Joined by On-U Sound Records boss-man Adrian Sherwood rounding... https://t.co/4Cspc6ljde
  • 11.25.16 It's out now! Only Heaven EP with the mighty @rootsmanuva & wonderful @RosesGabor on stellar vocal duties:… https://t.co/1SxGhddKoc
  • 11.25.16 RT @ninjatune: New @Coldcut 'Only Heaven' EP feat. @rootsmanuva & @RosesGabor drops today on Ahead of Our Time. Listen on @Spotify https://…
  • 11.24.16 RT @ninjatune: Oxford Dictionaries declare "post-truth" word of the year. Here's some undisputed musical truth w/ new @Coldcut: https://t…