NENEH CHERRY AND THE THING – The Cherry Thing Remixes

January 01, 1970

(Smalltown Supersound)


The improbable union of Neneh
Cherry – Hip Hop queen, early post-punker and architect of seminal ‘80s
landmark smash “Buffalo Stance” – and Scandinavian free jazz trio The Thing
proves this year’s most revelatory, jaw-dropping collaboration. While the
formidable Thing ensemble (saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Haker
Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love) have previously supported legendary sax
giants like Joe McPhee and Ken Vandermark, The
Cherry Thing
collab is touched by both a stroke of kismet (The Thing took
its name from a song by Cherry’s stepfather, jazz master Don Cherry) and its ginormous
punk-jazz chemistry, as evidenced by Cherry’s sultry, soulful vocals converging
blissfully with Gustafsson’s skronk-heavy bluster and the beefy rhythm section
on its stellar Stooges, Suicide, Ornette and MF Doom covers.


Its companion piece, The Cherry Thing Remixes, puts its songs
in the hands of sound collage experimentalist gods like Jim O’Rourke, Merzbow, Four
Tet and Kim Hiorthøy to mishmash, and thankfully, its deconstructions are of
the minimalist, drama-free fare. O’Rourke’s “Accordion” is an epic cataclysm,
as sparse yet muscular bass plucks meet with Cherry’s spicy whispers before
gradually erupting into a glorious, clattering shit-storm. Merzbow follows a
similar orgasmic noise trajectory on “Sudden Moment” while Four Tet’s “Dream
Baby Dream” vision is designed for sweat-soaked warehouse dance floors. Let’s
hope we haven’t heard the last of The Cherry Thing.


DOWNLOAD: “Accordion,” “Dream Baby Dream” –BRAD COHAN




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