SotD - Neneh Cherry

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Neneh Cherry’s new album The Versions is out now. Watch the video for the remake of Buffalo Stance, featuring Robyn...

Press Release

A collaboration album of covers from her expansive catalogue by an all female lineup of some of the most exciting and revered artists of our time, The Versions is a 10-track album featuring Neneh Cherry reworks from artists that have a personal connection to the artist and her music. Artists involved include long-time friend, one of pop’s treasured musical geniuses and woman behind some of the most memorable songs of recent decade, Robyn, who teamed up with Mapei to re-imagine the seminal track Buffalo Stance into a slinky, scandipop song with the help of Dev Hynes on production. 

Other track collaborators include ANOHNI, whose haunting vocals deliver an arresting remake of the iconic Woman, family friend and powerhouse SIA updates Manchild into an intoxicating modern day look at toxic masculinity, and south London nomad Greentea Peng transforms Buddy X into a garage infused number. Singer-songwriter and poet Jamila Woods adds her soulful touch on Kootchi, with artist and violinist Sudan Archives completely reconstructing Heart into a sparse and delicate offering. Seinabo Sey adds Scandinavian soul to Kisses On The Wind, Kelsey Lu’s ethereal vocals on her version of Manchild transports the track into unworldly heights, and Neneh’s daughter Tyson brings her own sensual attitude to Sassy, before Honey Dijon wraps things up, taking things to the dancefloor with her house remix of Buddy X.

“I’m honored to be a part of this project celebrating Neneh Cherry alongside some other amazing artists. I knew “Heart” would be the perfect song and was excited to be able to incorporate my violin playing and personal style into it while paying tribute to the original.” - Sudan Archives

“I had the immense pleasure of going on tour with Neneh Cherry throughout Europe back in 2019. I would watch her set almost every night and was always infused with inspiration by the way she and her band would bring her vast discography to life in a variety of ways and how alive I felt while watching. She’s always been an innovative artist, and so I wanted to bring that same energy into my version of “Manchild.”” - Kelsey Lu

“I remember the time around when “Sassy” was made so clearly. Guru was a big part of our lives when I was little! Like an Uncle. He would take me to the park before him and my mum went to the studio, buy me ice creams and presents. It’s a trip to cover the track all these years later, and with my London brother friend Femi Koleoso.” - TYSON

“From “Buffalo” to “MAW,” it was a true honour to remix one of the most inspirational, fashion forward, powerful, influential women of colour that has inspired me to be the artist that I am today.” - Honey Dijon

Neneh Cherry has continued to define and redefine culture, style, and music, releasing five studio albums, including 2018’s Broken Politics. 2020 saw her reissue her radically influential debut album Raw Like Sushi to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and she recently received the honorary Icon Award at the NME Awards 2022.

“Buffalo Stance” (Robyn feat. Mapei)
“Manchild” (feat. Sia)
“Woman” (feat. ANOHNI)
“Buddy X” (feat. Greentea Peng)
“Kootchi” (feat. Jamila Woods)
“Sassy” (feat. TYSON)
“Heart” (feat. Sudan Archives)
“Kisses On The Wind” (feat. Seinabo Sey)
“Manchild” (feat. Kelsey Lu)
“Buddy X” (Honey Dijon Remix)

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