Ever since she hit the scene in the late 80s, Neneh Cherry has been a hard artist to peg. Sometimes she’s Hip-Hop, sometimes she’s punk, sometimes she’s revolutionary, sometimes she’s a little bit country and other times she’s a little bit rock & roll. (OK, the “country” part was a joke, but it sounded good.)
However you peg her, one thing that has never been debated is how dope she’s always been.
Anyway, after an extended hiatus from the spotlight, the internationally-renowned singer/songwriter is raging back with The Cherry Thing, an eclectic collection of covers she recorded with The Thing, a band consisting of Cherry’s fellow Swedes Mats Gustafsson (tenor/baritone saxophone), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (double bass/electronic bass).
Having just met at a London recording session in 2010, Neneh and The Thing clicked immediately; and after a joint performance in Stockholm, decided that theirs was a relationship worth continuing.
Judging from the leaks that have already sprung, it’s probably safe to say that The Cherry Thing will continue Neneh’s history of genre-straddling: First was a cover of “Dream Baby Dream” by American electronic/punk band Suicide, and now we see Neneh and her new rhythm section taking on rapper MF Doom‘s “Accordian,” the Madlib-produced cut from the duo’s 2004 album Madvillainy.
In the simple, Ted Says-directed video for the latter song, we see Neneh singing Doom’s hard bars in what looks like someone’s front yard through the green-hued eye of a night vision lens. Spooky shit.
Check out both songs below, and treat yourself to The Cherry Thing when it drops June 19th.
Listen: Neneh Cherry & The Thing – “Dream Baby Dream” (Suicide cover)