Neneh Cherry Homebrew on Colored 180g Import LP
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Neneh Cherry spent her childhood living 50/50 between a loft in New York and in the South of Sweden with her mother and stepfather, the legendary jazz musician Don Cherry. At 14, she started taking trips to Harlem with Ari Up of the Slits at a time when few would venture so far uptown. Soon after, she left home and moved to London, and spent the next 20 years inside the crucial developments in British subculture.
As post-punk became the site of '80s Britain's artistic and political resistance, she helped form the anarchic multi-ethnic, multi-genre Rip, Rig + Panic, and she was one of the first to bring hip-hop culture to a British audience with "Buffalo Stance" and Raw Like Sushi. Although at points her career had brushes with the mainstream, Neneh remained staunchly counter-culture.
On her second studio effort, 1992's Homebrew, Cherry not only incorporates a diverse array of influences like jazz, funk and trip hop, but contributions from Gang Starr ("Soul Sassy," "I Ain't Gone Under Yet"), Portishead's Geoff Barrow ("Somedays") and Michael Stipe ("Trout") and samples of Steppenwolf and John Bonham for good measure.