Just as Ninja Tune’s music can presage the sound of things to come, the label’s box sets are also forward-thinking creations – as evidenced with their 20 Years Of Bits And Pieces extravaganza two years ago. But whereas that set’s multiple formats celebrated artists past and present, this box set focuses on just one individual: Brazil’s Amon Adonai Santos de Araujo Tobin. One of the world’s premiere electronic architects, he’s released seven studio albums on Ninja Tune since 1996 but, as revealed here, has recorded a whole lot more.
Strictly limited to 4,000 copies, this is one hefty artefact, coming in a bolt-fastened trouser press affair bulging with six 10” vinyl discs, seven CDs, two DVDs and posters. Most of the music – including new works, dub plates and archive material – is previously unreleased, while little else has been available before in physical form. The staggeringly-prolific selection includes Tobin’s earliest sonic foraging, soundtrack work, bootlegs, remixes, a wealth of tackle related to the live show based around last year’s ISAM album and loads more.
For audio alone, this is arguably one of the most exhaustively thorough archive projects out there; and, at around £90, pure value for money compared to those who charge similar for fewer goodies. Obviously for fans only, but a cut above on any level.