The Godfrey brothers, DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey, along with soul-styled vocalist Skye Edwards are the driving force behind British ambient trip-hop crew Morcheeba.
While Morcheeba are busy prepping for the release of their ninth studio LP Head Up High, Paul Godfrey put aside some time to talk about the evolution of his musical career.
“I grew up surrounded by a lot of recorded music so it’s hard to pinpoint the first album that I actually bought. My parents grew up in 60’s London and were big fans of Soul and Bluebeat. I remember my Mum giving me a red Dansette record player when I was about 4 or 5 and I played her old records non stop. Stuff like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Prince Buster plus some Beatles and The Rolling Stones. I was obsessed with music from a very early age which lead to my career in DJing and Producing.
The first album I do remember buying was the ‘Quadrophenia Soundtrack.’ My friends and I were 10 year old Mod-revivalists and we were obsessed with the culture despite the Carnaby Street clothes being far too big for us. This album also features my favourite recording of all time ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T and the MG’s which I played to death and never got sick of. This movie and also the Blues Brothers film were great in that it gave me a musical connection to my parents during the break up of their marriage which was obviously a painful time for all of us. In sharing their passion for great music I have a lot to thank my parents for.”
Let’s take a big step back in time to the bluesy sounds of Booker T and the MG’s, ‘Green Onions.’
Then treat yourself to the Morcheeba’s silky-smooth new single, ‘Gimme Your Love.’
Head Up High will be out around the globe on October 15 through [PIAS].