Morcheeba Dive Deep

Morcheeba Dive Deep
After three years in the making, brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey return with the eclectic Dive Deep, Morcheeba’s sixth studio album. The band’s refusal to be categorised is produced by simple logic — musically, they can’t be. The group have flowed from trip-hop to down-tempo to ambient to upbeat, disco-backed pop and Dive Deep incorporates it all, with a dash of folk thrown in to shake things up. "Riverbed” is a nostalgic, open-air tune with slowed down, crooning vocals courtesy of Norway’s Thomas Dybdahl. The track slides effortlessly into the down-tempo thuds of instrumental "Thumbnails.” The album has a very folksy feel, with songs like "Run Honey Run” and "Au De La,” which dominates the other genres present on the disc while managing never to overshadow them. Trip-hop shines through on the stellar "One Love World,” while both "Blue Chair” and "Enjoy the Ride,” the album’s first single, pair soulful vocals and lyrics with seemingly relaxed yet urgent arrangements. This album is the perfect example of why Morcheeba never have been and never will be pigeonholed. (Ultra)