The Antidote





One of the biggest Trip-hop pioneers, Morcheeba, are back in a big way with their new (and their fifth) album, The Antidote. First and foremost, in case you are out of the know, the Godfrey brothers traded out past vocalist Skye Edwards for Daisy Martey (Noonday Underground) for this new album. In addition experimental musician Rob Mullinder lends his hands as well on this LP. That is not the only change, as this marks the debut for the band on the ECHO label. Without the major label constraints and the endless possibilities of a new addition to the group, Morcheeba shines and shows immense growth with their newest venture. The album opens up with the first UK single, "Wonders Never Cease" and sets the tone for a laid back, sultry and summery landscape. Daisy's gritty vocals come crawling out from deep within her throat but somehow come across with ease. It then melts into "Ten Men", which is a unique gem featuring a flute, turntables, drums, and guitars. "Living Hell" is another standout track that hits the fans of mid-tempo rock where Gospel type choruses abound. "People Carrier" is an a-typical song from the group where classic rock elements start to force their way to the foreground with riffs like Hendrix or Led Zeppelin. Fans of classic Morcheeba will be delighted when they hear the title track, "The Antidote". Breathy vocals and a dreamy chilled-out atmosphere overtake the listener and when the male duet vocals kick in the listener is greeted with a This Is Hardcore-era Pulp meets jamming Polyphonic Spree sound. All in all this is a great comeback album for Morcheeba and when the band goes on proper tour in November I think we are all in for a treat.

Morcheeba
ECHO / World's Fair Label Group

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