A teenage Neneh Cherry kills it over a then-cutting-edge Linndrum beat.
Ahead of the release of Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics this week, Adrian Sherwood’s dubwise label On-U Sound is streaming a previously unreleased gem by Neneh Cherry & The Circuit.
‘Dead Come Alive’ dates back to 1983 when Cherry was still a teenager, and it’s one of a bunch of Sherwood’s electronic, dub and post-punk gems selected by polymath Trevor Jackson for the compilation.
“This is one of the first tunes I did with a drum machine, working with Steve Beresford,” says Sherwood. “I think it was a LinnDrum, which they’d just got in at Berry Street studios in ‘83; they were really expensive at the time.
“I met Neneh in 1979 because the band I was working with, Creation Rebel, got invited on this ‘Simply What’s Happening’ tour, which was pretty groundbreaking in the way it mixed up different styles of music. It was Don Cherry, Happy House (Lou Reed’s backing band at the time), The Slits, and Prince Hammer. After that me and Neneh ended up squatting a place together in Battersea in 1980, and we’re still friends to this day.”
Check it below and grab the 3xLP compilation from October 2.