Morcheeba: Head Up High  [Album Review + Stream]

Morcheeba: Head Up High [Album Review + Stream]

Words by Carlos Duarte.

Trip Hoppers Morcheeba continue to expand their sound with their eighth studio-album, Head Up High. Incorporating elements from dancehall, blues, rock and house, Paul and Ross Godfrey have created the ideal sonic environment for vocalist Skye Edwards to bring to life.

It’s no secret Edwards is a formidable presence, her expressive timbre adhering to whatever mood the arrangements inspire. On the sultry ‘Gimme Your Love,’ Skye’s lithe vocals tease with promises of what could be when you “close the door, turn the light off, switch your mind off”. The feline within is again unleashed on  ‘Face of Danger,’ flirting with the prospect of warm loving with a stranger, before being subdued for the lovelorn ballad ‘I’ll Fall Apart.’

Morcheeba’s tradition of working with MCs is continued, and guests like Chali 2 Na, Rizzle Kicks and Ana Tijoux are added to the list of past collaborators like Big Daddy Kane and Bahamadia. The rhyme styles featured are as diverse as the instrumental backdrops, with Hand Percussion and charango conjuring forth the magical ‘Under The Ice,’ whilst Blues guitar and harmonica electrify on ‘Hypnotized.’

Eighteen years in the industry may take its toll on other acts, but Morcheeba’s latest outing sees them refreshed and ready to broaden their production style. The addition of new sonic elements that flesh out the compositions ensures an enriching listen, and with Skye Edwards taking care of lead vocals, Head Up High has the trio reaching new plateaus.

Rating: ★★★

Head Up High is available now on iTunes.

Morcheeba will be hitting the road toward the end of October for a massive string of dates across Europe before heading to Australia early in 2014 for the Byron Bay Blues Festival. |

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