Album: Various artists, Ninja Tune XX, Ninja Tune

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At the exact point in time when the hipster thing seemed dead and buried under the weight of one spoof song on YouTube, along comes this stunning “futurespective” from the UK label that spawned a thousand beards.

To celebrate Ninja Tune’s 20 years of head-noddingly cool hip-hop ambience, we get this four or six (depending on how obsessive you are) collection of new material that breaks (DJ Food), blips (Amon Tobin), booms (Roots Manuva) and bewitches (Lou Rhodes) in equal measure. The death of the cool is on hold.