I loved Neneh Cherry when I first encountered her with ‘Buffalo Stance’ and the parent album Raw Like Sushi back in the late eighties. It’s strange to think that it’s now a quarter of a centuy since then, though Homebrew and Man were strong albums, too.
Two years ago she collaborated with The Thing on The Cherry Thing (an excellent album, if you haven’t heard it yet) and now she will release her first album in eighteen years, Blank Project, on February 24. Collaborators on the new album include fellow Swede Robyn and Four Tet.
Stream ‘Blank Project’ and ‘Everything’ below:
The Blank Project tracklisting is as follows:
1. Across The Water
2. Blank Project
4. Spit Three Times
8. Out Of The Black (featuring Robyn)
What links Suicide (the New York No-wavers) with Neneh Cherry? Well, both Springsteen and Ms. Cherry covered Suicide’s ‘Dream Baby Dream.’
This track is taken from The Cherry Thing, which is Neneh Cherry’s first new album in 16 years, since Man is a collaboration with the Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing. It features the music of The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry (Neneh’s step-dad, fact fans), and Martina Topley-Bird, plus original pieces by Neneh and The Thing’s Mats Gustafsson (who has also collaborated with Sonic Youth in the past.
Speaking of MF Doom, this is the video for ‘Accordion’ which originally apeared on the Mf Doom/Madlib collaboration Madvillainy. (an excellent album, by the way, was playing it earlier this evening, until the news came through about
The Cherry Thing is released on June 18 on Smalltown Supersound.