Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine / 20.40 – 22.00
Role model. What a dire term. Who wants to be a role model? Neneh Cherry probably doesn’t either, but she definitely is good for it. The Swedish artist showed us how to be relevant without airs and graces for decades. At the age of 14, the daughter of a purely musical family (Don Cherry, Titiyo and Eagle-Eye Cherry are relatives) plunges into the London punk-scene. She sang in The Slits and the New Age Steppers. Her debut »Raw Like Sushi« was published in 1989 with a ton of musical hybrids and international hits such as »Buffalo Stance« or »Manchild«. She moved to Bristol, where Massive Attacks »Blue Lines« was partly created in her house. Collaborations seem to be in her blood: after she sang for Pulp and the Gorillaz, headed the band CirKus and made a cover-record with the jazz-combo The Thing, she released her fourth solo-album »Blank Project« in 2014. The record was produced by none other than Four Tet and recorded with the marvelous duo RocketNumberNine, who also perform on Neneh Cherry’s extremely dense, personal and energetic live shows.
Herbert / 19.20 – 20.20
Call him HERBERT again! After nine years, Matthew Herbert releases another pure dance-album. In that time span, he worked through about as many projects as there are hairs in his thick beard. His most famous project is probably the »One«-trilogy, for which he used recordings from one day, the life of a pig and a night in a club. Now he lures us back to the dance floor with »The Shakes«, without leaving the superstructure. The sound professor shines in the backlash of fleet-footed seduction and political shakeup. He’s supported by a furiously playing band that operates a huge selection of instruments – from guitars via wind instruments to organs: It’s all in. The driven Matthew Herbert will also play records, do a workshop and participate in a talk at the festival. »Pop-Kultur« gives you – in a one-time-offer – the 360°-Matthew Herbert-Experience.