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Morcheeba Dive Deep

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Lots of bands implode after the loss of a lead vocalist, but trip-hop’s blissiest bunch always seemed more about brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey than singer Skye Edwards. When she and the brothers parted ways after their 2002 Charango album, Morcheeba looked ready to soldier on. But their next vocalist, Daisy Martey, is already gone. The Godfreys bring in a slew of guest vocalists here, an approach that gives them some range (Cool Calm Pete lays down a winding, tripped-out flow on “One Love Karma,” and “Au-Dela,” with Mandy, is their first track in French). But there’s not much here that comes to life; it’s largely sleepy and forgettable. Maybe Edwards was more important than the Godfreys realized.