Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brothers Mixing Up the Mood; Morcheeba Are at the Sage Gateshead Tomorrow, Reports Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brothers Mixing Up the Mood; Morcheeba Are at the Sage Gateshead Tomorrow, Reports Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR

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Byline: GORDON BARR

MORCHEEBA have become the multi-million-selling darlings of downtempo over the past decade with their soul and countryinflected mood music.

Here is an outfit whose refusal to be categorised musically extends to their very set-up, being a group only in the loosest sense of the word.

On their first five albums they explored the gamut of contemporary alt. dance genres, pioneering a song based form of dance music that would soon become known as trip hop or chillout while collaborating with a variety of singers and musicians that posited Morcheeba as an eclectic and openminded collective.

That idea is made explicit on Dive Deep, their latest album. In 2008, Morcheeba have become a vehicle for the thoughts and experiments of brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey, with no fixed singer but rather a series of vocalists.

"A lot of them I contacted through MySpace," explains Paul. "They were all people who wanted to genuinely contribute something. …

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