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Morcheeba Set to Drop New Beats

Original lineup of U.K. band returns to St. Petersburg in support of new album.

Published: February 25, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • Skye Edwards, center, and the Godfrey brothers have reunited for a second album since their split in 2003.
    Photo: for SPT

Despite the weather forecast, the last evening of winter promises to be mild and warm, all because one of the brightest bands of the trip-hop scene, Morcheeba, will take to the stage in St. Petersburg. The band will perform songs from their eighth studio album, Head Up High, as well as some of their much-loved back catalog.

Morcheeba was formed in the mid-90s in London by brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey, who invited Skye Edwards to their project as vocalist. Soon after, the London trio that blends trip hop, pop, R&B, disco and rock elements, became known around the world. Today, Morcheeba is considered to be one of musics most notable post-trip-hop artists or even trip-hop pioneers, whose sound is sometimes compared to that of Massive Attack.

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We often get compared to other bands like Massive Attack or Portishead, Edwards said speaking to The St. Petersburg Times last week. Id describe it as Pink Floyd mixed with a little Sade.

Edwards was the lead vocalist with Morcheeba until 2003, when she left the band because of creative and personal differences with the Godfrey brothers. Since then, she has released three solo albums: Mind How You Go, Keeping Secrets and Back to Now. In 2010, to the delight of many fans, Edwards returned to singing with Morcheeba.

We broke up in 2003, and we were not getting on at all back then. Now weve had a chance to grow and enjoy our time apart. We are happier in ourselves and have a new appreciation for each other, said Edwards.

In June 2010, the Godfrey brothers released the new Morcheeba album Blood Like Lemonade, featuring Edwards. The second and, so far, latest reunion album Head Up High was released in October 2013.

Most of the songs for Head Up High started with beats. Paul sent Ross and I over 20 different beats and rhythms. Ross added some guitar and arranged the beats into verses and choruses, then I wrote the melody. Once we were happy with the melody, Paul would write lyrics. Then I would record a demo. We would each work on the album in our home studios then the three of us got together in a London studio to record everything, Edwards said.

Paul described this album as Morcheeba with a pulse. Its a little more up-tempo in places than previous Morcheeba records. Music that moves you, emotionally and physically, she added.

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