It seems like Neneh Cherry is always ready to make a return right when we need her the most. After 18 years without a solo record, the Swedish trip hop artist dropped Blank Project back in 2014. Now, four years later, she’s back with a politically and socially-minded new track and video, “Kong”.
Produced by frequent collaborator Four Tet and Massive Attack’s 3D, “Kong” is a steady flow of dub-y synths rolling out over a trickle of hi-hat vibrations. In her etheral voice, Cherry addresses the current rise of xenophobia and the on-going debate around the world’s refugee crisis from a position of empathy. “Every nation seeks its/ Friends in France and Italy,” she sings. “All across the seven seas/ And goddam guns and guts and bitter love still put a hole in me.”
The song’s accompanying visual, with its various slow shots of artistic looking individuals, might remind you of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s “APESHIT” video, but there’s good reason for that. Director Jenn Nkiru was second unit director on that project, and definitely brought some of that aesthetic to “Kong”. Check it out below.
Cherry has also revealed a select number of “intimate” headlining tour dates set for September in London, Stockholm, and Paris.
Neneh Cherry 2018 Tour Dates:
09/06 – Stockholm, SE @ Tradgarden
09/12 – London, UK @ Village Underground
09/26 – Paris, FR @ Le Cafe de la Danse