Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes lends her voice to this Crave-premiered remix from Shirlette Ammons, whose latest record Language Barrier is a star-studded collaborative event with remarkable potency.
A fractally-splintered blend of hip-hop, rock, R&B, pop and beyond, Language Barrier is equally defined by its guests as it is by Ammons, who wrote the lyrics and constructed the dynamic backing tracks with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Hart. The concept behind the record is love, as a means of resistance, and the myriad styles and characters that flow through the record are refreshingly abstract in their contrasting context to one another. Featured artists include Meshell Ndegeocello, Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), the Indigo Gilrls, Hiss Golden Messenger, German rapper sookee and more.
The partnership with Teri was an important one to Shirlette, who couldn’t have been happier with the direction taken. “Working with Teri is something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” she tells Crave, “and I’m so grateful that she agreed to interpret ‘Earth Intro’ from such an insightful artistic perspective. I asked her to approach the rework from a perspective of drowning and she vibed with the concept and the lyrics and just fucking owned it. She’s a badass in the truest sense and I hope this is the beginning of many collaborations that push our boundaries as well as those of the folks who listen.”