Bjork's Ten Boldest Collaborations

Björk
Björk

Björk, one of the most singular artists of our time, continuously hurtles forward with her experimental solo work and adventurous collaborations in film, art and fashion, and especially music. Her seven-date New York City residency and the opening of her career-spanning retrospective at the MoMA take place this weekend, with the residency commencing at Carnegie Hall March 7 and the MoMA exhibit opening its doors to the public on March 8. In honor of her NYC takeover, here are ten of Björk's most memorable musical collaborations.

"Ooops" with 808 State

Though recognized for her work with the Sugarcubes, Björk was not quite the superstar she is today when she appeared on two tracks on rave pioneers 808 State's 1991 album

Ex:el

. And for a track by rave pioneers, "Ooops" is a rather more accessible, pop-influenced piece: all the better to set the stage for Björk's global musical conquest of the Nineties.

"Play Dead" with David Arnold

This dramatic track was tacked on to the end of 1993's

Debut

following the release of

Young Americans

, the movie in which it appears. A collaboration with noted film composer David Arnold co-written with Jah Wobble, "Play Dead" and its lush arrangement and soaring strings offered a suitably epic platform for Björk's powerful vocals.

"Yoga" with Tricky

There was no way that Björk could

not

have collaborated with Tricky, was there? In the mid-Nineties these two were at the vanguard of what was dubbed the U.K.'s "trip-hop" scene. The innovators meet up in this slinky, sexy track, one of the two collaborations on the Bristolian artist's 1996 side project

Nearly God

, which appeared following his departure from Massive Attack and after the release of his debut album,

Maxinquaye

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