When news broke that Neneh Cherry had collaborated with Robyn for the former’s fourth solo effort (her first since 1996’s Man), pop fans reacted accordingly. Certainly nothing else to come out of 2014 would approach the sheer amazingness these two Swedes could concoct in concert, right?
But then a stream of “Out Of The Black” arrived, and well, it seemed as though Neneh Cherry and Robyn were out of their minds. But with Four Tet on production duties, we should have known to dial back our irrational exuberance (also that Cherry was most recently involved with an album of skronky, atonal tunes with experimental jazz group The Thing in 2012).
So file Joe Goddard’s remix of “Out Of The Black,” under ‘very necessary.’ The Hot Chip-er adds some muted club beats, nudging Neneh and Robyn’s collaboration closer to where we wanted it to be from the start. It’s still miles away from being a brilliant melange of “Buffalo Stance” and “Dancing On My Own,” but now at least “Out Of The Black” isn’t a total drag.