Spilt Milk Exclusive - Neneh Cherry Playlist
–Posted by Calum Sager on 18 July 2012
Here we have a playlist curated for us by the beautiful Neneh Cherry.
The step-daughter of jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, she served her musical apprenticeship with Rip Rig + Panic, an early Eighties outfit who merged the angular sounds of post-punk with avant-garde jazz. Later, she became a mainstream pop star with her debut solo album, 1988's 'Raw Like Sushi' which would spark an illustrious career. After stepping away from the studio for over a decade she is back again with a beautiful new collaborative project with Scandinavian free jazz trio The Thing. The new album entitled 'The Cherry Thing' is out now. Here we have an eclectic collection of some of her favourite songs and a few words about some of them from the lady herself.
Patti Smith - Banga
"Grew up on Lady Smith. She makes me happy and inspired."
Terry Riley - Music For Gift Part 2
Frank Ocean - Novacane
"Saw the video at Berlin airport. Love at first impact. Nothing soothes like a great pop song. Good Lyrics"
Twilight Singers - Too Tough Too Die
"We covered this Martina Topley Bird Song with The Cherry Thing. Love hearing different interpretations of songs...like it.
Burial - Archangel
"This tune was the soundtrack to my summer about 3 years ago."
Big Youth - Jim Screetchy (Smith & Mighty Remix)
X-Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescents
The Thing - Sounds Like A Sandwich
"What to say...They're a monster. A beautiful monster punk."
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
"Walk alot to this track and see pictures that go with the lyrics. Do you think I'm crazy?"
Don Cherry - Universal Mother
"One of my favourites. Kind of obvious didn't know what else to say."
Gang Of Four - Love Is Like Anthrax
Nisennenmondia - Mirror Ball
"Gets me out of bed. She, the drummer is one of the greats, she flies when she plays."
Thurston Moore - Benediction
"Think he might have written this after splitting with the love of his life. Nothing soothes like a morbid love song."
Flying Lotus - Zodiac Shit
Bon Iver - Woods
"Love the vocoda."
The Roots - The Return to Innocence Lost
"Ursala Ruckers spoken words hold so much. The Roots to me are one of the best rhythm sections around."
Shabazz Palaces - The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile Noir Not Withstanding
"Trippy and in the groove. Like the girl singing towards the back end of the tune."
Martina Topley Bird - Poison
"Poison is a hypnotic lullaby. Martina is a great freind, put that aside I am her big fan."
MF Doom - Kon Karne
"Rock on, he's king."
Miles Davis - Minnie
"This tune is based on Minnie Ripperton's 'Loving You'... Psychedelic lift music.
Louis Armstrong & Leon Thomas - The Creator Has A Master Plan
"Leon Thomas singing is so beautiful on this version. Interesting collaboration."
Dam Funk - Mirrors
"Sound Of LaLa Land. Love the keyboards...sexy tune, puts me in a trance.
Quakers - Fitta Happier
"Dark hard heavy...Go Geoff...Tipping the hat to marching band culture is cool. Some of the greatest musicians start here."
Cat Power - Ruin
"Her voice melts me down...Song about travelling...I'm packing now and hitting the road.
Joey Badass -Survival Tactics
"Fresh out of NY...Old school stylish, but brand new. Check the lyrics, he's only 17!
Grizzly Bear - Sleeping Ute