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Monday, November 12, 2012

Remixing Neneh Cherry and the Thing

Posted by on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM

  • Smalltown Supersound
When Neneh Cherry and free-jazz trio the Thing released The Cherry Thing, one of the finest records of the year*, a Four Tet remix accompanied the full-length, so it's not too surprising that more artist-producers would want to get in on that action. With Cherry's reputation, it's equally inevitable that she would attract some pretty impressive names—Merzbow ("Sudden Movement"), Jim O'Rourke ("Accordion"), Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas ("Cashback"), etc.—enough to constitute a second long-player.

I've posted three of the tracks in order of preference. All are worth a listen, but "Cashback," the only Cherry original—the rest draw from other sources—works best. As a general rule, I prefer mixes that eliminate, reduce, or totally fuck with the vocals (but I reject the term "chopped and screwed," because it sounds like the plot of a snuff film). Cherry has a fine voice, but "Cashback" benefits from the increased instrumental interplay—especially Mats Gustafsson's squealing sax.

* I just started working on my top 20, and I'm definitely finding a place for the studio album.

Smalltown Supersound releases The Cherry Thing Remixes on Nov 13.


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