Morcheeba are a British band that mixes influences from rock, trip hop, rhythm and blues and pop. The word “morcheeba” means “the way of marijuana” (“MOR” - the middle of the road & “Cheeba” - informal name for cannabis).
Formed in 1995, they consisted of Paul Godfrey (dj), Ross Godfrey on guitar and keyboards with Skye Edwards as the primary vocalist fronting the band. While churning up interest through an underground presence mostly in London, the band finally broke through when featured on the Ultra-Chilled series.
Vocalist Skye Edwards and multi-instrumentalist/producer Ross Godfrey are seen as pioneers of the early UK trip hop scene and quickly became part of a household name through their chilled electronica tracks such as ‘The Sea’ and ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’.
In June they released their ninth studio album Blaze Away. Marking a fresh start in their return to the joyous genre-mashing of their early days, Blaze Away follows no rules and is limitless in its extraordinary style. “We brought back a lot of the influences of early Morcheeba records - from ‘50s blues, ‘60s psychedelic rock and ‘70s dub reggae to ‘80s electro and hip hop. Whatever felt right, we went with.” Said Godfrey.
Their experimental attitude to writing, they say, is down to their extensive touring which has seen them continuously perform everywhere across the globe from Tel Aviv to Cape Town. As one of the first Western acts to tour China, Morcheeba are no strangers to a stage and have mastered the art of captivating their audiences no matter the city, country or continent.