Morcheeba in concert, 2010
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Trip-hop, Electronic
Years active 1995–present
Labels Echo
Sire/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Discovery/Sire Records
Indochina Records
Paul Godfrey
Ross Godfrey
Skye Edwards
Past members
Daisy Martey
Manda Zamolo

Morcheeba are a British band, mixing influences from trip hop, rock, R&B, and pop. They have produced 7 albums since 1995, two of which reached the UK top ten.



Sometime in the mid-1990s, the Godfrey brothers (DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey) recruited Skye Edwards as vocalist, during a chance meeting at a party in which both brothers were introduced to Edwards. This led to the formation of Morcheeba.[1]

The band's debut album, Who Can You Trust? was released on China Records in April 1996 and fitted smoothly into the then-modish trip hop genre, with instrumentation based predominantly around Rhodes piano, electric guitar and DJ scratching, with the songs carried by Edwards' relaxed soul-styled vocals.[1]

The follow-up, 1998's Big Calm, moved slightly away from trip-hop towards a more pop-oriented, song-based sound. This was exemplified by the band's remaking of "Moog Island" (a song from the previous album) in a more summery, upbeat style, with the new title of "The Music That We Hear". One of the album's singles, "The Sea", became a hit and a radio favourite. The album proved to be a big seller and ensured Morcheeba's success as a breakthrough act.[1] In 1998, Morcheeba collaborated with Hubert Laws to record for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody, a tribute to George Gershwin, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease.

In 2000, Morcheeba released their third album, Fragments of Freedom. This repeated the sales success of Big Calm but received a less positive critical response. The band's fourth album, Charango, was released in 2002, and spawned several singles including "Otherwise," "Way Beyond," and "Undress Me Now" (the release of the latter was cancelled, despite the creation and release of an expensive, erotic Balinese-inspired CGI video).[citation needed] In an indication of what would follow, several tracks on the album did not feature Edwards, and were instead written with and sung by Lambchop's Kurt Wagner or by emcees Pace Won and Slick Rick.

In 2003, the Godfrey brothers dismissed Edwards from Morcheeba, citing musical (and some personal) differences. A greatest hits compilation, Parts of the Process, helped to sustain momentum and featured two new tracks - "What's Your Name" (featuring a rhyming cameo from Big Daddy Kane) and "I Can't Stand It." At around the same time, Morcheeba released the live DVD Morcheeba: From Brixton to Beijing.

In 2005 Morcheeba released their fifth studio (and first post-Skye Edwards) album, The Antidote. Daisy Martey (formerly of the band Noonday Underground) was recruited to replace Edwards as the album vocalist. However, Martey's period with the band was brief and she was sacked in the middle of the promotional tour, to be replaced by Jody Sternberg. Sternberg's own tenure with the band was similarly brief, and she only appears to have been part of the band to fulfil tour dates.

After a break of several years, Morcheeba released their sixth studio album, Dive Deep in February 2008. On this album, the Godfrey brothers emphasised their role as producers creating a set of instrumental tracks entirely sung by a roster of guest performers—cult folk-rock singer Judie Tzuke, Norwegian singer-songwriter and former Jaga Jazzist collaborator Thomas Dybdahl, blues singer/guitarist Bradley Burgess, Korean-American rapper Cool Calm Pete, and French singer Manda (Amanda Zamolo). Both Manda and Burgess toured with Morcheeba as lead singers on their 2008 tour.

On 12 February 2010, NME revealed that Edwards was once again working with the band. Edwards was due to make her live return with the band at the Caprices Festival, Switzerland on 9 April 2010.[2] Paul Godfrey confirmed the news of Edwards' return in the blog section of Morcheeba's MySpace page on 13 February 2010.[3]

Morcheeba released their seventh album Blood Like Lemonade on PIAS in June 2010.

Contemporary use

  • "Everybody Loves a Loser" was featured in the first season for the television series, Hung (TV series), and was included on its soundtrack album issued in June 2010.

Band name

The word "morcheeba" is meant to indicate "the way of cannabis". This originated from "MOR"—middle of the road; plus "Cheeba"—informal name of cannabis.[4]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

US Ind.
1996 Who Can You Trust? 57 - - - - - - - - -
1998 Big Calm
  • Released: March 16, 1998
  • Label: Sire/WEA
  • Format: CD
18 - 22 18 - 22 17 - - -
2000 Fragments of Freedom
  • Released: August 1, 2000
  • Label: Sire/WEA
  • Format: CD
6 11 13 10 3 7 15 113 - -
2002 Charango
  • Released: July 2, 2002
  • Label: Sire/WEA
  • Format: CD
7 19 8 10 6 18 17 - - -
2005 The Antidote
  • Released: May 31, 2005
  • Label: Echo
  • Format: CD
17 - 23 5 14 - - - - -
2008 Dive Deep
  • Released: February 19, 2008
  • Label: Echo/Ultra
  • Format: CD
59 - 42 15 - - - - 15 -
2010 Blood Like Lemonade
  • Released: July 13, 2010
  • Label: PIAS
  • Format: CD
111 - 30 13 - - - - 10 49
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums and others


Year Song UK
1996 "Trigger Hippie" 40 Who Can You Trust?
"Never an Easy Way"
"Tape Loop" 42
1997 "The Music That We Hear (Moog Island)" 47
"Shoulder Holster" 53 Big Calm
1998 "The Sea"
"Blindfold" 56
"Let Me See" 46 46
"Part of the Process" 38
"Summertime" Red Hot + Rhapsody: The Gershwin Groove
2000 "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day" 34 48 82 2 33 Fragments of Freedom
"Be Yourself" 108 41
2001 "World Looking In" 48 36
2002 "Otherwise" 64 72 5 Charango
"Way Beyond" 147
"Undress Me Now"
2003 "What's Your Name" (feat. Big Daddy Kane) Parts of the Process
2005 "Wonders Never Cease" 86 86 114 The Antidote
"Lighten Up" 240
"Everybody Loves a Loser"
2008 "Enjoy the Ride" 182 163 Dive Deep
"Gained the World" 180
2010 "Even Though" 251 Blood Like Lemonade
"Blood Like Lemonade"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


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  2. ^ "Morcheeba to be rejoined by former singer for first time since 2003" (news story in NME, 12 February 2010
  3. ^ "Once Again" (posting on Morcheeba MySpace blog, 13 February 2010
  4. ^ - Morcheeba
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  12. ^ a b c "Discography Morcheeba". Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 2011-10-30. Note: User needs to enter "Morcheeba" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  14. ^ "Certified Awards Search". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2011-10-30. Note: User needs to enter "Morcheeba" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
  15. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  16. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 378. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  17. ^ Chart Log UK: M
  18. ^ Morcheeba discography
  19. ^ allmusic ( Morcheeba > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )

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