Lately, I’ve been listening mostly to slinky, chill music that makes you want to lie around a beach one minute, suggestively dance with someone the next, and have amazing slow sex with a sexy man in dim lights. And whenever I feel this way, it’s usually because I’ve been listening to Morcheeba.
Back in high school, I remember going to Nobody Beats The Wiz every few days with my friend Taylor in search of bands whose music was comparable to the genius of trip hop masters, Portishead. I would read British music magazines with the regularity of a Christian studying the Bible; beginning with Q Magazine and ending with Select. After reading a review comparing a band to either Portishead, blur, Massive Attack, or Weezer, I’d hop in the car and head over the Nobody Beats The Wiz and hope that the band I’d read about had released an album here in the US so I could spend some of my measly $6/hr paycheck on their CD.
I remember the moment I discovered the last copy of Morcheeba’s debut album “Who Can You Trust?” as if it were yesterday because the sticker on the plastic wrap on the CD actually said “For Fans of Portishead” on it. Needless to say, I was sold and so was the CD – to me, for $11.98.
Over the years Morcheeba has gone through line-up changes, and has released a couple of meh albums to go along with their masterpieces. In my mind, their true masterpiece will always be 1998’s “Big Calm.” You can’t ask for more hooks than that album provides.
I had a VERY difficult time narrowing down my list of favorite Morcheeba songs down to 5, but I’ve given it my best shot. Check them out below, but also be sure to check out Trigger Hippie, Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day, Howling, and Let Me See.
Morcheeba’s 8th album, Head Up High, will be out 14 October via PIAS Recordings.
1. Morcheeba “The Sea”
2. Morcheeba “Shoulder Holster”
3. Morcheeba “Otherwise”
4. Morcheeba “Slow Down”
5. Morcheeba “World Looking In”