Greetings. I’m DJ Michele Myers. Every Friday night at 9pm I host a show on KEXP called Nite Life. I hit the air with danceable sets for 3 hours, then at 12 o’clock I do a Midnight Album Spotlight. Last Friday I featured Morcheeba’s 1995 release Who Can You Trust?.
Morcheeba is a trip-hop band. Trip hop is a kind of music whose foundation is slowed-down hip hop loops. On top of that, the best trip hop has live instruments. In Morcheeba it’s guitar, drums, bass, DJ and vocals.
Trip hop gets a bad rap in the music media. Here’s the descrip from allmusic.com:
Even though many music critics call it a “gimmicky offshoot,” trip hop surrounds us. It’s all over television, radio and the special loops have become a standard in some pop music. To me, trip hop is relaxing music. The best artists are cinematic and deep. Here are my favorite trip hop albums. 1. Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?, 2. Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon, 3. Recline (a compilation on 6 Degrees label that has a variety of artists, it’s absolutely perfect), 4. Air – The Virgin Suicides (soundtrack), 5. Natural Calamity – Peachhead.
Morcheeba was founded by of brothers Ross and Paul Godfrey. On this record, Who Can You Trust, and on all their early albums, the band’s vocalist was Skye Edwards. I’m not sure why, but on the last few records from Morcheeba, the band changed singers. This is really sad because the combination with Skye was musically perfect. And the band was never the same without her… Here’s a vid of “Trigger Hippie” from Who Can You Trust?:
Who Can You Trust? is trip hop at its most soulful and cinematic. I’m hoping that someday brothers Morcheeba will bring back the great singer Skye Edwards. Until then, I’ll just keep spinning this record.
Big news from DJ Michele Myers: THIS FRIDAY NIGHT March 7 from 9pm-1am I’LL BE SPINNING my show Nite Life LIVE as part of the John in the Morning at Night show at Neumo’s on Capitol Hill. Please join me, John Richards, the KEXP Posse and the great bands: The Duke Spirit, The Voom Booms and Tulsa for a night of dance sets, live music and revelry. Aw yeah.