Parts of the Process

Parts of the Process

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by Morcheeba
     
 

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Following Portishead's trip-hop breakthrough in '94, a rash of like-minded British bands followed in their stylistic wake, joining burbling beats and smoky grooves with female vocals, to varying degrees of success. One of the best of the crop was Morcheeba, who trumped the competition with the elastic rhythm beds and live instrumentation

Overview

Following Portishead's trip-hop breakthrough in '94, a rash of like-minded British bands followed in their stylistic wake, joining burbling beats and smoky grooves with female vocals, to varying degrees of success. One of the best of the crop was Morcheeba, who trumped the competition with the elastic rhythm beds and live instrumentation provided by brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey and the honeyed vocals of Skye Edwards. After releasing four studio albums, Morcheeba take a gander back on the career-spanning Parts of the Process and cast an eye toward the future with two new tracks. The disc isn't sequenced chronologically, placing the trio's ensnaring debut single "Trigger Hippy" -- on which Edwards, in a sultry coo, invites you to "Tune in / Drop out / And love / Pull the trigger" -- not at the beginning but smack in the middle, where its slithery beats and psychedelic touches cast a glow all around. Elsewhere, Edwards's measured soul and the Godfreys' use of live instruments heat up the already heady grooves, spiking "The Sea" with psychedelic guitar touches, lending "Parts of the Process" a country twang via pedal steel and fiddles, and intertwining guitars, harpsichord, and pedal steel on the melancholy "What Do New York Couples Fight About," a duet with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner. In place of Morcheeba's oft-misinterpreted single "Women Lose Weight," a funky collaboration with Slick Rick, is the new, disco-fied "What's Your Name," featuring a cameo from another old-school rapper, Big Daddy Kane. The disc concludes with the other new offering, "Can't Stand It," an acoustic-based ballad with empathetic strings -- its meditative mood fits the disc's retrospective nature and bodes well for Morcheeba's future explorations.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Atlantic Uk
UPC:
5050466587022
catalogNumber:
665870

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Morcheeba   Primary Artist
Big Daddy Kane   Rap
David Lee Daniels   Cello
Howard Ball   Violin
Miles Bould   Percussion
Andy Findon   Flute,Alto Flute
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Nick Ingman   Strings,Conductor
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
Peter Oxer   Violin
Pino Palladino   Bass,Guitar
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Paul Stacey   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Tony Wall   Background Vocals
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Danny Goldman   Keyboards
Peter Lale   Viola
Gary Baldwin   Hammond Organ
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Ian McLeod   Violin
Kurt Wagner   Vocals
Paul Godfrey   Synthesizer,Percussion,scratching,Background Vocals
Daniel McLewin   Background Vocals
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Ross Godfrey   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Glockenspiel,Bass Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Analogue Synthesizer
J. Gordon Hastings   Flute
Pascal Danaé   Background Vocals
Scott Firth   Bass Guitar
Michael Dore   Background Vocals
S. Wright   Viola
Paul Jason Fredericks   Background Vocals
Chris Harrison   Background Vocals
Pierre Le Rue   Fiddle
D. Lee   French Horn
L. Melhuish   Violin
C. Hughes   Violin
D. Pipkin   Keyboards
E. Pritchard   Cello
E.R. Singleton   Violin
T. Grant   Viola
M. Carling   Drums
Joe Cooper   Background Vocals
L. Gordon   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Dai Emanuel   Violin
Skye   Vocals
Joy Rose   Background Vocals
Natalia Bonner   Violin
R. Bridgmont   Cello
Graham Kyle   Background Vocals
R. Brigmont   Cello
Noel Vine   Violin
Nathan Beazer   Background Vocals
Brendan Coyle   Background Vocals
Donald Gamble   Percussion
Thomas Haimovici   Background Vocals
Dan Goldman   Keyboards
Mike Posner   Viola

Technical Credits

Nick Ingman   Arranger,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Peter Norris   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kurt Wagner   Composer
Morcheeba   Producer
Paul Godfrey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,beats
Ross Godfrey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Skye Edwards   Composer
Chris Harrison   Producer,Engineer
Nigel Williamson   Liner Notes
Godfrey Brothers   Producer
Chris "Pitta" Harrison   Producer,Engineer,beats

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