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Album Review

Somehow you knew that when Neneh Cherry emerged from her ten-year recording hiatus, the result would be something a little bit weird. And sure enough, cirKus is one strange little project. The group is a quartet consisting of Cherry, her husband Burt Ford (aka Cameron McVey, an alumnus of the early Massive Attack lineup), Karmil, and Karmil's companion Lolita Moon. Their sound is an unstable blend of acoustic and electric guitars, techno drum loops, broken beats, desultory trip-hop, dreamy rap, and dub. You'll hear echoes of Tricky and Massive Attack on this album, but every so often something trips up your expectations: "You're Such an..." is a startlingly vulgar kiss-off song in a reggae/hip-hop vein; "Laylow" starts out spare and acoustic before gradually smearing into turntable-driven electronica and then dirty, clashy rock; "Cutting out a Career" again starts out acoustic and builds its energy slowly to a rockish climax, with a dramatic trumpet part. The album loses focus somewhat about halfway through: the slightly whiney, Mikey Dread-style male vocals get a bit tiresome by that point, and by the time you get to "Love Can" and "Born Again," what was enticingly dark and brooding earlier starts sounding dreary and even silly. But at its best, this album is one of the strangest and most enticing of Cherry's career. [A limited edition was also released.]


Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Electronic soul project cirKus signaled the creative rebirth of trip-hop pioneer Neneh Cherry almost a decade following the release of her most recent solo LP, 1996's Man. The group's roots lie with Cherry's husband and longtime collaborator, producer Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey, who began recording the basic tracks in London with engineer and DJ Matt Kent, aka Karmil. In time the duo recruited Kent's girlfriend, Lolita Moon, to contribute vocals, and eventually McVey persuaded Cherry to sign on as...
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Laylower, CirKus
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  • 159,00 kr
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Jazz, Bop
  • Released: 2006

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