Morcheeba: Head Up High

Head Up High
(PIAS America)

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Having recently released their eighth studio album as a collective, but second since lead vocalist Skye Edwards’ return, trip hop trio Morcheeba shares an eclectic blend of new songs on Head Up High, a project as varied as ever, but one that still works in their favor. For the uninitiated, Morcheeba’s sound is generally a set made for darkly lit lounges with hookahs in proper place. However, Head Up High can mix well in a laid-back lounge or hipster bar with a young or older crowd. Featuring guest appearances of artists from around the world, the British group shows us that they’re still relevant nearly 20 years after their 1995 debut, Who Can You Trust?. From Cali rapper Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) on “Face of Danger” to French-Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux on “Hypnotized” and Texas singer James Petralli (of White Denim) on the stand-out tune, “Finally Found You.” Head Up High is an intoxicating mix of electronica, dubstep, dancehall and influences of rock.

Recommended spins include “Gimme Your Love,” “Face of Danger,” “Make Believer,” “Finally Found You.”

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About ND McCray

ND McCray is a former Brooklynite, now Beijing-based writer, penning pieces on arts, culture and other stuff.
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