Morcheeba - Apr 08 - Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020

Morcheeba (formed in 1995) is a British trip-hop band that fuses rock, jazz and funk elements with silky smooth vocals, hailing from London, UK.

In 1993 while still in their teens brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey moved to London from Kent, UK to pursue their music. Paul a songwriter and DJ producer and Ross a multi instrumentalist produced a demo tape of several of their instrumental mixes however garnered little attention from labels until meeting singer Skye Edwards at a party. Before long Morcheeba was formed and the trio were recording songs in their home studio.

In 1995 the Godfrey brothers co-produced six tracks on Dave Byrne’s album “Feelings” and soon after came a record deal with China records and the release of their debut EP “Trigger Hippie” in October 1995. Soon after in April 1996 Morcheeba released their debut album “Who Can You Trust?” which highlighted the band’s hip-hop roots, psychedelic influences and soulful vocals. Following the release the band toured with Live and Fiona Apple across North America.

Morcheeba’s follow-up release saw the band take a pop direction, moving towards a more mainstream sound and away from trip-hop. The album entitled “Big Calm” (1998) proved to be a big seller and featured the radio-favourite “The Sea”. Their third album “Fragments of Free” performed similarly well in the charts to “Big Calm” but lacked the critical acclaim. Morcheeba's fourth album “Charango” (2002) saw an increasingly modest role for Edwards in the band and was followed by an extensive tour of the U.S.

In 2003 The Godfrey brothers announced the band’s separation, during which time the greatest hit compilation “Parts of the Process” and the live DVD “Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing” kept the Morcheeba flame burning bright.

In 2004 the brothers returned to Morcheeba and enlisted the vocal help of ex-Noonday Underground singer Daisy Martey who provided the lyrics for the band’s fifth studio album “The Antidote”. Martey was soon sacked half way through a tour and replaced by Jody Sternberg, Martey sued over breach of contract. Morcheeba’s sixth studio album saw a return of the Godfrey brothers as producers who enlisted the help of five vocalists to perform on 2008's “Dive Deep” including Judie Tzuke and Thomas Dybdahl.

Edwards and Morcheeba had remained on the same management company, which in 2009 led to their chance meeting and before long Edwards’ return. Making her live return to the band at the Caprices Festival, Switzerland, Morcheeba released their seventh studio album “Blood Like Lemonade” in June 2010. The band embarked on a eighteenth-month tour and have subsequently released their eighth album “Head Up High” in October 2013.

Show Date: Apr 8, 2020