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    How Neneh Cherry’s ‘Raw Like Sushi’ became a benchmark for collective creative freedom

    Neneh Cherry, as she has shown throughout her career, isn’t someone for finite musical thinking; and the success of ‘Buffalo Stance’ (which opens ‘Raw Like Sushi’, followed by ‘Manchild’) allowed her to follow her whims on her debut album. “When I think of what we did and how we did it back then, we were just kind of quite free to do as we pleased,” Cherry told Billboard in 2020. “We were obviously tapping into the stuff that we were listening to, like a lot of the hip-hop coming out of New York. We always had this pop structure in the back of our minds, but our aim was to deconstruct the idea of what a pop song is by adding in a hip-hop beat with strings or combining sounds and attitudes that weren’t…

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