Photo by JUERGEN TELLER

We all remember Neneh Cherry’s Buffalo Stance as one of the great pop songs of 1988. Well now, 34 years on, Swedish singer Robyn has unveiled a thrilling new cover.

It’s the first single from the Grammy nominated artist since the release of her 2018 album Honey and is the product of one Swedish icon passing the baton on to another. In true Robyn fashion, Buffalo Stance has been transformed into a slinky, Scandi-pop song. Robyn also enlists polymath musician Dev Hynes to add his special touch on the production and Mapei for a fresh take of that iconic rap.

Listen to the song here

“I love that I could write an essay with all the things I could say about Robyn and I love that she leaves me speechless at the same time,” says Neneh Cherry. “Her talent is soulful because she leads with her heart and spirit, she is absolutely there, ever present with honest intensity in her offerings which leave me blubbering with hairs standing erect on my arms and legs, dancing on my own talking to myself with a feeling that everything is going to be alright.

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“The first time I saw Robyn live in Stockholm with my daughter Mabel (then a young struggling teenager) she only said two things that night: ‘Hej Stockholm!’ and in the middle of a song shouted out ‘MABEL!’ Mabel was so happy I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Robyn gave everything and when she needed a pick-me-up she ate a banana… she stole my heart.

“I’ve known Robyn for three decades, she is my sister, my friend,  my family, a creative inspiration. So to have Robyn doing her version of a new life interpretation of Buffalo Stance is an absolute honour… and with Dev Hynes and Mapei, this is what dreams are made of!”

Earlier this week, Neneh Cherry received the honorary Icon Award at the NME Awards 2022, following previous winners Courtney Love and Shirley Manson, in celebration of her continual contribution to music over the past three decades.

The award was presented to her by UK top 10 charting artist, BRIT Award winner and Neneh’s daughter, Mabel. 

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