Stepdaughter of jazz legend Don Cherry and half-sibling of Eagle-Eye Cherry (don’t front), Neneh Cherry was something of a rising pop commodity in the early ’90s, releasing two classics of funk-infused R&B with 1989’s Raw Like Sushi and 1992’s Homebrew. But following 1996’s Man, Cherry all but went on a hiatus, making sporadic cameo appearances and filming her own BBC cooking show, Neneh and Andi Dish it Up.
Rather suddenly, though, she returned last year with The Cherry Thing, a covers album recorded with Scandinavian free jazz collective The Thing. Now, Cherry’s looking to continue her re-emergence by teaming with producer Four Tet to release her first solo album in 16 years, due out early next year via Smalltown Supersound.
With Four Tet at the boards, the album is a collaboration between Cherry and London production duo RocketNumberNine, and features a guest appearance by Robyn. The album was completed over a five-day period, with two songs recorded and mixed per day. “It was a liberating experience, not endlessly trying to fiddle with the music, re-recording hundreds of times,” Cherry said in a statement. “These days it’s easy to create any effect or sound on a computer; it is much harder to get the rawness I think we’ve achieved.”
Below, check out the Four Tet-produced “Nina”, Cherry’s recent one-off single with the Jungle Broters’ Afrika Baby Bam, followed by the 1988 hit single “Buffalo Stance”.