11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morcheeba formed at the height of trip-hop mania in the mid-'90s. The group’s early releases boasted the earmarks of the post-Massive Attack, post-Portishead landscapes — witchy vocals, slo-mo funk, and murky atmosphere — and expanded to embrace a retro-futuristic pop aesthetic. Soulful vocalist Skye Edwards was integral to the Morcheeba sound — before leaving the band in 2003 — and Blood Like Lemonade boasts her return, alongside brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey. As the reunion suggests, Lemonade sounds like a rebirth of the early Morcheeba aesthetic — the magical chemistry bubbles on these lushly produced, neo-soul tunes with noir stylings. Edwards takes center stage amidst loads of warm Hammond organ and Rhodes piano, managing to sing about positivity and brotherhood without sounding overly didactic. Meanwhile, the brothers sprinkle in a couple instrumental jams that remind us of their trip-hop roots: slow-burning “Mandala” is a beautifully bluesy affair, while DJ scratches piece together vocal phrases on funky “Cut to the Chase”. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Morcheeba formed at the height of trip-hop mania in the mid-'90s. The group’s early releases boasted the earmarks of the post-Massive Attack, post-Portishead landscapes — witchy vocals, slo-mo funk, and murky atmosphere — and expanded to embrace a retro-futuristic pop aesthetic. Soulful vocalist Skye Edwards was integral to the Morcheeba sound — before leaving the band in 2003 — and Blood Like Lemonade boasts her return, alongside brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey. As the reunion suggests, Lemonade sounds like a rebirth of the early Morcheeba aesthetic — the magical chemistry bubbles on these lushly produced, neo-soul tunes with noir stylings. Edwards takes center stage amidst loads of warm Hammond organ and Rhodes piano, managing to sing about positivity and brotherhood without sounding overly didactic. Meanwhile, the brothers sprinkle in a couple instrumental jams that remind us of their trip-hop roots: slow-burning “Mandala” is a beautifully bluesy affair, while DJ scratches piece together vocal phrases on funky “Cut to the Chase”. 

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