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Latest Album Blackest Blue Out Now via Fly Agaric Records
UK trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba have announced new North American tour dates this fall in the US and Canada. Following a summer of festival performances across the UK and Europe, Morcheeba will cross the pond to celebrate the release of their latest studio album Blackest Blue with their North American fans. Kicking off on September 28 in Toronto, Morcheeba will play shows in Boston, New York, LA, Austin, Seattle and more. See full tour dates below.
Morcheeba is Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey. Tracing their roots to the mid-’90s UK trip-hop scene, they quickly grew into an internationally renowned force on record, touring the globe many times over the last two decades. Their signature chilled electronic/organic sound has been border-hopping ever since the London-based band emerged as a household name. Their latest album ‘Blackest Blue’ is a refined collection that fuses previous incarnations and sound of the band – such as downbeat, chill, electro-pop & soul – into one cohesive record that delves into the soul of the band’s genre-mashing musical heritage.
In March 2020, Skye and Ross were nearing the end of another long tour – they can go two years without visiting the same country twice – and the diary suddenly emptied. Tour bus parked, they began writing what became their tenth album Blackest Blue. By December 2020, they’d finished 10 lustrous new songs touching on disintegrating familial and romantic relationships, love and kinship, the world around and the consolations of cannabis. On tour, Morcheeba is Skye (vocals), Ross (guitar), Dom Pipkin (keys), Skye’s husband Steve Gordon (bass) and Skye’s eldest son Jaega Mckenna-Gordon (drums). In the studio it’s mostly just Skye and Ross – he plays guitar, bass, organ, synths, drums and percussion. “There weren’t so many pressures so we could really take our time getting the songs right,” says Edwards. “Morcheeba albums are only finished when I’ve gone completely insane,” Ross humorously adds.
The album includes features with Duke Garwood (known for his work with Mark Lanegan, amongst others) on the closing track “The Edge of The World” and Brad Barr (The Slip, The Barr Brothers). “I managed to get hold of him on the phone and asked him to be on our album,” says Godfrey on how they came to collaborate with Barr. “I sent him a rough piano demo I had played and he sent back the bones of ‘Say it’s Over’. Skye completed the melody and a lyric and we had a stone cold break up song on our hands. It is a real stand out track for me, heavy as a ton.”
Recently Morcheeba announced the release of an exclusive Record Store Day 12” Vinyl, Blackest Blue – The Remixes, coming on June 18, which will include a progressive electronica/chill house remix of “Sounds Of Blue” from producer Gui Boratto, whilst up and coming producer and multi-instrumentalist Kutiman reworks “The Moon”. British giants of electronic music Orbital have also switched up the signature Morcheeba ‘chill’ vibe of “Namaste” to an electronic drum and bass dancefloor stomper, with eccentric French musician and producer Voyou providing another take on “The Moon”. Re-imagined by an impressive array of international producers and remixers, ‘Blackest Blue – The Remixes’, is the perfect accompaniment and extension of the full-length project This package and signifies the enduring legacy of Morcheeba.
North American Tour Dates
9/28: Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
9/29: Montreal, QC – MTELUS
9/30: Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre
10/02: Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
10/03: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/05: New York, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
10/06: Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
10/08: Austin, TX – The Paramount Theatre
10/09: Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/11: San Diego, CA – Music Box
10/12: Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
10/13: San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater
10/14: San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/15: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/17: Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/18: Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
See more info at https://morcheeba.uk/pages/tour.