Left-field rap covers galore this week, huh?
British singer Neneh Cherry, best known for her worldwide smash hit 7 Seconds with Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour, has been fairly quiet in recent years. In the late 80s to early 90s, she was one of the first to succesfully cross-pollinate versatile pop music with hip-hop sensibilities and many other genres, while never coming across as a mere genre tourist or losing authenticity.
Her last solo album was released in the previous century and aside from guest appearances with Gorillaz and Groove Armada her name hasn’t been in the charts for quite a while. There was a short stint hosting a cooking show on BBC television but she’s thankfully returning with a new full-length project, an album with Scandinavian jazz outfit ‘The Thing,’ appropriately titled ‘The Cherry Thing.’ It doesn’t seem much like a chart topper either, but miss Cherry has never been overly concerned with that and her idiosyncratic approach results into a deliciously weird cover of Madlib & DOOM’s accordion.
As mentioned earlier, Neneh Cherry has always had strong ties and an obvious appreciation of the finer rap tunes, being quite able to drop a verse herself and even collaborating with a back then in 1992 barely known Biggie Smalls on the remix to her single ‘Buddy X.’ Check out that one and some other selected gold nuggets from her discography below. ‘The Cherry Thing‘ drops June 19th.