Neneh Cherry and her band The Thing deliver an eclectic cover album, with songs by The Stooges, MF DOOM, Suicide and Ornette Coleman.
The ‘Buffalo Stance’ star has been fairly quiet since 1996, but returns with an album titled The Cherry Thing which already has Mojo, Pitchfork, NME and Allmusic critics raving.
It certainly helps that the album is a selection of covers from cult acts, old and new, as well as a cut of her own and one from her Thing bandmate Mats Gustafsson.
The other tunes include ‘Dream Baby Dream’ from New York electro-noise pioneers Suicide, ‘Too Tough To Die’ from UK trip-hop star Martina Topley-Bird, ‘Accordion’ from trippy NY beatmaker MF DOOM, ‘Golden Heart’ by her jazz cornetist stepdad Don Cherry, ‘Dirt’ from protopunks The Stooges and finally ‘What Reason’ by feejazz saxophone legend Ornette Coleman.
They’re performed by Cherry and her chaotic freejazz band The Thing featuring saxophonist Gustafsson and Norwegian rhythm section Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Paal Nilssen-Love.
The Cherry Thing is out today through Fuse via Smalltown Supersound. Open your mind and sample ‘Dream Baby Dream’ below.