Introduced to the world of music at an early age, with renowned jazz trumpeter Don Cherry as her stepfather, it’s little wonder that singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry went on to forge a successful and creative career in the industry. After a number of years playing in various groups of multiple genres, her solo career began in the context of post-punk’s anti-government stance with ‘Stop The War’, a song protesting the Falklands War, before the release of BRIT-award-winning debut album Raw Like Sushi (1989). An identification with counter-culture as well as a refusal to be pigeonholed into one musical genre has characterised Neneh Cherry’s career, with her music incorporating elements of rap, hip hop and jazz. Her new record, Blank Project (2014), marks her first solo album in 16 years, in which stunningly raw and powerful vocals take centre stage. Created in collaboration with RocketNumberNine, and produced by Four Tet, aspects of avant-electronica can be heard throughout, consolidated through a guest appearance from Robyn. She plays in Barcelona this month as part of the Voll-Damm International Festival of Jazz.