News: Neneh Cherry
'Raw Like Sushi' star is working on a 'pop' record with Four Tet and Hudson Mohawke
NENEH Cherry has revealed she is working on a pop record, in an interview appearing in the new issue of The Stool Pigeon.
The ‘Buffalo Stance’ singer — whose twisted jazz LP The Cherry Thing is released on Monday (June 18) — told Pigeon scribe Alex Marshall she’d been working with producers Four Tet and Hudson Mohawke on material closer in spirit to the pop/rap style that made her name.
“Making music has always been a collaborative effort to me,” she said. “And when I hear something good — something that makes me feel great or happy or hopeful or positively angry — you can sort of recognise that maybe you’d fit together, or could try something together, or at least try to try. And I had that feeling when I first heard TNGHT [HudMo’s forthcoming collaboration with Lunice] and when I first heard Kieran [Four Tet].
“I hope I never stop feeling like that. I don’t ever want to stop. And I never want to stop thinking that I’m gonna hear new music that’ll knock me out.”
Asked if she was ready for another dose of mainstream exposure, Cherry replied:
“I enjoyed it the first time round. I mean I was fucking exhausted after the first album (Raw Like Sushi), but I think that’s pretty normal. But without sounding like a twat, I’ve always felt like it was a privilege and I figured, ‘Well hell, it ain’t going to last forever, so I’m gonna make the best of it.’
“So it’s like, yeah, throw it at me again and I’ll try and take it. I’ll do my best!”
Cherry is also in talks to front a reformed Slits, who she briefly joined as an additional vocalist in 1979.