Morcheeba recently released their ninth album and it is a bit of a departure from their prior works. They don’t seem to use as much of their trip hop sound on this one entitled “Blaze Away.” However, there are a couple of nice callbacks to that sound on “Paris Sur Mer” (with Benjamin Biolay) and the closer “Mezcal Dream.” That doesn’t hold the album back as it strikes a nice balance between more reggae flavored for the first half, then becomes more tranquil and ambient for the second half.
Two of the first three including the title track “Blaze Away” and “Love Dub” are classic Morcheeba with reggae influenced sounds and Skye Edwards’ silky smooth vocals. Roots Manuva is also featured on Blaze Away. I couldn’t stop listening to “Blaze Away” and it should be an instant hit.
The bluesey “Sweet L.A.” gave me the film noir vibe with it’s stripped down sound using only the keyboard. Definitely a highlight of the album for me.