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Electronic - Released October 19, 2018 | Neneh Cherry

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She’s done punk, hip-hop, trip hop and electro… As soon as there’s a bust-up, Neneh Cherry is always there, right in the heart of the action! In 2014, with her album Blank Project, she couldn’t be faulted for playing the opportunistic comeback card. The Swedish stepdaughter of the great jazz trumpeter Don Cherry celebrated her fiftieth birthday by offering her songs to the master of electro-jazz Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, who sewed her a stunning sonic patchwork. Her vocals weave themselves into Hebden’s strange and fascinating textures, a kind of tribal and futuristic soul that dares to embrace trip hop, ethnic music and even pure experimental music... Four years later, Four Tet lends his genius once again to some of the tracks on Broken Politics, Neneh Cherry's fifth album. He is even joined by 3D from Massive Attack, with whom Neneh Cherry had worked with on the album Blue Lines in 1991. But this 2018 vintage album offers much more soul than the ones that came before it, with an added touch of melancholy. Through her lyrics, Neneh Cherry raises her fist in the air. She tackles the migrant crisis, women’s status in society and extremism of all kinds with some of her most politically charged songs to date, dressed in a kind of electro-soul blues. Languid on the outside and angry on the inside, Broken Politics is above all the work of an exciting artist who’s not ready to be caged up any time soon. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Released June 5, 1989 | Virgin Records

Around three weeks after the birth of her first child, Neneh Cherry was in front of Jean-Baptiste Mondino’s camera lens for the legendary album cover of Raw Like Sushi. The musician who experimented with punk, hip-hop, trip-hop and electro was about to discover that her blend of pop, rap and soul would soon rocket to the top of the charts and offer the perfect soundtrack to the end of the 1980s. For the greater public, the story of Swedish trumpeter Don Cherry’s step-daughter began with this album released in June 1989. Until then, Neneh Cherry had been lending her voice to the London punk scene, with iterations such as The Cherries, The Slits and most notably Rip Rig + Panic. The Deluxe 30th Anniversary version of Raw Like Sushi brings together the remastered original albums, B-sides as well as an avalanche of remixes, allowing listeners to dive back into the underground scene of the time, which played on the interchangeability of styles. Indeed, the tracklist of this first solo album features Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass but also the Wild Bunch/Massive Attack clique (Mushroom, Nellee Hooper and Robert “3D” Del Naja). The two hit singles Buffalo Stance and Manchild sum up the panoramic vision of the singer, then only 25-years-old. The former is carried by an in-your-face rap and some good old record scratching, integrating pop music elements that are unmistakably 80s. The latter blends the beauties of soul ballads with the premise of trip-hop, the result enrobed in a pop sound reminiscent of a Like A Virgin/True Blue/Like A Prayer-era Madonna. But thanks especially to her voice but also to more rebellious beats and tones, Neneh Cherry differentiates herself from others from the start of this first album. Five years later, 7 Seconds, her duo with Youssou N’Dour, would go on to propel her career even further. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Rap - Released January 1, 1996 | Circa

Neneh Cherry, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and "rapstress" who burst onto the scene in 1989 with the mega-hit "Buffalo Stance," did not even see the release of her third album, Man, in the United States. This set differs from her previous efforts in that there is absolutely no rap to be found anywhere on the disc, and all of the songs are slow-burning, midtempo alt-rock numbers, as opposed to anything remotely resembling dance or rap (though there are some hip-hop styled beats). There are really no immediate hits on this album, although it includes the international chart-topping duet with Youssou N'Dour, "7 Seconds," as well as several other highlights, including "Woman," "Hornbeam," and "Everything." Also included here is a tribute cover she recorded of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man." The album is a high-quality collection of alt-rock womens' anthems, at times bluesy, at times folksy, and much more akin to her previous rock-leaning effort Homebrew than her breakthrough Raw Like Sushi. The songs have an organic, earthy feel, in tune with the Lilith Fair alternative-style musical movement going on at the time. A good deal of alterna-sexual references are found, especially considering some of the song titles (first single "Kootchi" and "Beastiality," to mention two). A solid album, but definitely not very commercial. Still, it should have been given a chance in the U.S. market, especially given her previous track record. © Jose F. Promis /TiVo
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Rap - Released January 1, 1988 | Virgin Catalogue

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Rap - Released January 1, 1989 | Circa

Neneh Cherry's actions throughout the early to mid-'80s indicated boundless creative energy and an instinct to mix it up. She wasn't yet out of her teens by the time she had performed and/or recorded with stepfather Don Cherry and younger mavericks Rip Rig + Panic, the Slits, and Vivien Goldman, and had spun early rap records on pirate radio. A little later, in 1987, she seized the mike on a version of Morgan/McVey's "Looking Good Diving." The next year, the track was revamped into Cherry's first solo power move, aided by Bomb the Bass' vibrating and colorful mix of sampled, scratched, played, and programmed sounds dropped with astonishing precision. At once a personal manifesto and celebration and critique of city-street peacocking -- a hip-hop quotable is in every rhyme and interjection -- "Buffalo Stance" entered the U.K. chart in December 1988 and went supernova on a worldwide scale early the following year. The full scope of Cherry's vision was shown almost smack in the middle of 1989 with Raw Like Sushi. With songwriting partner and fellow arranger/producer Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey at her side, Cherry in sly, knowing fashion conducts a combined gender studies and sociology course doubling as a cosmopolitan pop triumph. Switching with masterful ease between assured singing and rapping -- no features necessary -- Cherry covers matters ranging from the consequences of lust to the devaluation of children. More often, she examines from multiple perspectives the ways in which men and women exploit one another, softening each blow with either a degree of benevolence or whatcha-gonna-do-about-it humor. Among the other accomplices are Will Malone, Nellee Hooper, and Jonny Dollar, as well as Mushroom and 3D of Massive Attack, a crew who altogether fill the hip-hop-minded LP with elements of go-go, Latin freestyle, and new jack swing, and foreshadow what was later termed trip-hop. Not easily classifiable as a whole, Raw Like Sushi is one of the most soulful and "hip-hop" albums considered neither R&B nor rap. © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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R&B - Released January 1, 1996 | Circa

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Electronic - Released January 1, 1999 | Circa

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Rap - Released January 1, 1992 | Virgin Catalogue

Neneh Cherry doesn't get into the studio nearly often enough. Three years passed before the British singer/rapper came out with a second album. Thankfully, she more than lived up to the tremendous promise of Raw Like Sushi on the equally magnificent and risk-taking Homebrew. Cherry shows no signs of the dreaded sophomore slump -- everything here is a gem. She triumphs with a seamless and unorthodox blend of hip-hop, R&B, dance music, and pop, and on "Money Love" and "Trout," the presence of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe brings rock to the eclectic mix. As humorous as Cherry can be, her reflections on relationships and social issues are often quite pointed. While "Money Love" decries the evils of materialism, the moving "I Ain't Gone Under Yet" describes an inner-city woman's determination not to be brought down by the poverty and drugs that surround her. And "Twisted" is about keeping yourself sane in a world gone insane. Unfortunately, Homebrew wasn't the commercial breakthrough Cherry was more than deserving of. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Electronic - Released November 2, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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Electronic - Released August 1, 2018 | Neneh Cherry

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Electronic - Released February 7, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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Electronic - Released April 1, 1989 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Electronic - Released August 30, 2018 | Neneh Cherry

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Pop - Released February 14, 2020 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Electronic - Released October 16, 2018 | Neneh Cherry

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Electronic - Released July 28, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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Electronic - Released January 24, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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Electronic - Released October 26, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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Electronic - Released October 16, 2018 | Neneh Cherry

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Electronic - Released November 13, 2014 | Smalltown Supersound

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