One of the first bands that WYEP got me hooked on back in early 2000 was Morcheeba. I had probably only heard them two or three times before I looked into buying their latest album, Big Calm. It wasn’t so much that “Part of the Process” (the radio single) knocked my socks off on its own, but the general sound of the band – Skye Edwards’ effortless, silky vocals over easy, relaxed beats laid down by the Godfrey brothers – was so unlike anything I had listened to up to that point and exactly the kind of new sound I was looking for.
In retrospect, it’s no surprise that Morcheeba worked so well for me; I’m a bit of a sucker for spaced-out trip-hop kind of bands. Nevertheless, Big Calm truly was a stellar album and to date, it remains to high point of Morcheeba’s discography. Stylistically, they haven’t changed much over the years. Their 1996 debut album, Who Can You Trust? had a similar flavor, if not as fully fleshed out or carefully refined as Big Calm. “Never an Easy Way” comes from this initial effort and hints at the things to come for the band.
Never an Easy Way – Morcheeba