Visionary songwriter Neneh Cherry launched her fifth solo album “Broken Politics” produced by Four Tet. The gripping title track “Kong”, co-written by 3D from Massive Attack, serves to introduce an outward looking theme of “Broken Politics”, through which Neneh synthesises the personal and the political. As part of this, she tackles the European refugee crisis from the perspective of a displaced person forced to leave their normality behind in the search of perceived safety with ruinous effects.
The Swedish singer-songwriter paired the song with minimalist, slow-moving visuals from Peckham artist and director Jenn Nkiru - a fast rising star of the art and film world. The visuals mirror the slow and purposeful movement of the song itself and features stunningly intimate portraits of powerful women. The video snaps back and forth between shots of swaying dancers and Cherry singing. Recurring images of her bare skin spattered with white paint, alongside her biting and dignified gaze, demands the viewer carefully considers the narrative of the song. “Bite my head off/ Steal my world/ We’ll always be another risk worth taking.” are lines that are supported visually, making them unmissable and unforgettable to the listener.