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    Morcheeba Review October 10 2019

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    Morcheeba at the Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA

    Photos by Stevo Rood and Words by Michelle Nati

    A full gallery of photos from this show can be seen here.

    In a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Regent Theater, ’90s trip-hop stalwarts Morcheeba played a laid back yet danceable set to a rapt, eclectic crowd eager to hear the sounds of their youth. Younger audience members who may not have experienced this the first time around, enjoy the walk down memory lane just the same.

    The Regent, one of LA’s first movie theaters built at the turn of the last century, was a cozy setting for Morcheeba well-coordinated, intimate set. There were no theatrics, no costume changes, no elaborate light show, and no accompanying artistically-rendered video with an underlying message. Instead, singer Skye Edwards’ sultry but strong vocals held the crowd in sway throughout the night as Morcheeba made its way through songs from various stages in their career from their biggest record, 1998’s Big Calm, to their most recent LP,  Blaze Away.

    Aside from Morcheeba’s most well -known songs, among them the ska-infused beats of “Friction” and the laid back vibe of “The Sea,” they brought some surprise covers to the set in the form a funky version of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” and Neil Young’s “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” which were warmly welcomed by the audience.

    There wasn’t much in the way of stage banter with the audience, but Morcheeba nevertheless connected with the crowd as their joy playing music was evident to—and reflected on—the crowd. Tastes have changed since their incarnation over 25 years ago, and the band has seen its share of lineup drama to the point it almost did not exist, but Morcheeba has weathered the storms of the past with grace, subtlety and plenty of chill grooves. As fans, we’re glad they did. 

    Never Undo
    Friction
    Never an Easy Way
    Otherwise
    Part of the Process
    The Sea
    World Looking In
    Trigger Hippie
    Blaze Away
    Blood Like Lemonade
    Slow Down
    Let’s Dance (David Bowie cover)
    BlindfoldDon’t Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
    Let Me See

    Encore:
    Sweet L.A.
    Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day

    A full gallery of photos from this show can be seen here.

    UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

    Oct 24 Unique Festival, Sao Paulo BR
    Nov 01 Jazznojazz Festival, Zurich CH
    Nov 03 Bierhubeli, Bern CH
    Nov 09 Morze, Saint Petersburg RU
    Nov 10 Glav Club, Moscow RU
    Nov 23 One Love Music Festival, WROCLAW PL
    Dec 07 EartH, London GB
    Mar 11 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL
    Mar 13 La Madeleine, Brussels BE
    Mar 14 L’Aeronef, Lille FR
    Mar 15 L’Olympia, paris FR
    Mar 16 Radiant-Bellevue, Lyon FR
    Mar 18 La Laiterie, Strasbourg FR
    Mar 19 La BAM, Metz FR
    Mar 20 La Luciole, Alencon FR
    Mar 21 La Nouvelle Vague, Saint-Malo FR
    Mar 23 Le Bikini, Toulouse FR
    Mar 24 Rockstore, Montpellier FR
    Mar 25 Espace Malraux, Six-Fours Les Plages FR
    Mar 27 La Vapeur, Dijon  FR
    Mar 28 Festival Blues Autour du Zinc, Beauvais FR
    Apr 10 Byron Bay Bluesfest, Byron Bay AU