This week Radar recommends the return of Neneh Cherry and the debuts of China and Seinabo Sey.
Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
Sixteen years has passed since Neneh Cherry’s last solo album was released. Now she’s back with Blank Project, a powerful and intense song, with strong jazz influences wired up in electronic beats. Blank Project is also the title of her upcoming album, set to hit the stores on February 25 next year. The whole piece is produced by British musician Four Tet in collaboration with RocketNumberNine, and features a guest appearance from Robyn. Listen to the track below.
China – Hide
Some people might recognize her as Mother Of Pearl, but nowadays she calls herself China. Earlier this week she released her debut single Hide, a collaboration with the Swedish musician Daniel Tjäder, known from Korallreven and The Radio Dept. Hide is a refreshing electro pop song with a distinct taste of r’n’b, standing out from the crowd. Listen to it below.
Pharrell Williams – Happy
This week, Pharrell Williams’ debuted the video for his song Happy, taken from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. No less than 24 hours long, the video shows various people dancing to the upbeat song, including known faces such as Jamie Fox, Steve Carrell, Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Jimmy Kimmel, and Magic Johnson. A clock interface superimposed over the display allows the viewer to move forward or backward in time, and share specific moments on Twitter or Facebook. At 3 p.m. for instance, Pharrell himself shows up to sing in a church. Watch it all here.
Boat Club – Memories (Saint Etienne Remix)
In the hands of British pop trio Saint Etienne, Boat Club’s 2007 balearic masterpiece Memories has been taken from the heart of summer into the soul of winter. We say like Stereogum, press play, drift away, call it a day. Listen to it above.
Selfie is the word of the year, and nowadays there are few events considered to be too intimate or momentous to be shared on social networking sites like Instagram. A new Tumblr called Histagrams imagines what history would have looked like if important historical figures were all avid social media users. From the first Moon landing to a selfie by Charles Darwin, the blog covers some of the most significant events and figures in history through a digital lens. See more here.
Seinabo Sey – Younger
This week, Swedish soul songstress Seinabo Sey unveiled her stunningly beautiful debut track Younger. Made in collaboration with producer Magnus Lidehäll, Younger might well be one of this year’s strongest, and most promising debuts. Listen to it below.