Bjork is opening up about a genre-mixing musical mashup that never saw the light of day, revealing that she and the Wu-Tang Clan worked together on a collaboration 20 years ago.
“I wanted these kinda Icelandic, volcanic beats, and I was kind of struggling with it. I had done beats on my albums, but it takes me a long time to make them.” the Icelandic singer explains in a new interview with factmag, revealing the collab took place while she was working on her 1997 “Homogenic” album. “And sometimes I get impatient and I want other people to do it, so I sit there and describe to them what I want them to do. So, I was in Spain, and Wu-Tang Clan were supposed to come to Spain. RZA was supposed to come. But then months passed. Then the album got finished and I delivered it. Then RZA was like, ‘I’m ready! Shall I come to Spain?'”
Instead, says Bjork, she went to New York where she and the rap group got down to work. “We wrote a couple of songs together. And I just felt… sometimes when you do things and you don’t plan them it’s magic. And I really think what we made was magic. But I think because it wasn’t part of the whole ‘Homogenic’ thing and it wasn’t part of what Wu-Tang were doing at the time, it was better as an idea, if that makes any sense?” she adds.
Although those songs never saw the light of day, she recalls a later meeting with the Clan, divulging that “my favourite moment was when I did an in-store at Tower Records. I’d never done anything like that before. I turned up – and seven of the Wu-Tang Clan turned up to, like, protect me! I was signing books for an hour, and they sent some of their team, standing there with me. That was one of my all-time favourite moments: I had been on my own, so when they turned up I felt very protected. It was magic. In my eyes, they’re punk. We are definitely [similar] – we do things in, like, a ritual way. The good thing was that I got to hang out with them. I got to see Wu-Tang’s version of New York. Which was pretty cool. A very specific angle on that city that I feel very blessed to have experienced.”