If you had your pop music awakening sometime in the late-’80s, the Swedish-born, London-based, New York-inspired sing-rapper Neneh Cherry may well have seemend like the coolest person in the universe, and this impression was not far off the truth. Cherry’s first two albums, 1989’s Raw Like Sushi and 1992’s Homebrew, are feats of absolute badass attitude-pop, and if they helped shape your worldview, you are better off for it.
Cherry didn’t make a ton of music in the ensuing two decades, but we gave her Album Of The Week last year for The Cherry Thing, the covers album she recorded with the Scandinavian jazz group the Thing. Four Tet remixed their version of Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream,” and it was awesome, and then he also produced “Nina,” Cherry’s collab with Jungle Brothers member Afrika Baby Bam, and that was awesome, too. And now Four Tet has produced a whole album for Cherry. This is very, very good news.
Pitchfork reports that Cherry’s as-yet-untitled new album, her first full solo album in 16 years, is coming next year on Smalltown Supersound. Cherry and Four Tet made the album together in five days, and it features contributions from Robyn and RocketNumberNine.