[Three and a half stars]
Dive Deep is a little storehouse of surprises. This sixth album from the Godfrey brothers explores a down tempo mood and plays with the use of various musical styles, ranging from soul to folk and some R&B. Vocalists Skye Edwards and Daisy Martey have been replaced by a number of guest vocalists including popular French singer Manda. Each song is a blend of liquid textures, classy guitar and groovy percussion, and the sound almost disassociates Morcheeba from counterparts like Massive Attack. And that is not a bad thing at all, considering this album is far more laid-back and stylish and not necessarily the expected dance set. ‘Thumbnails’, one of the two instrumental tracks on the album, is a show of complete fluidity by guitarist Ross Godfrey, who lures you into the song with a sensual groove of percussion and dreamy tubular bells, with just the right tones and textures. Another one to watch for is ‘Enjoy the Ride’ where Judie Tzuke’s vocals induce a semi-hypnotic state. ‘One Love Karma’ with American rapper Cool Calm Pete is again a departure within the album, exploring an R&B rhythm and a very groovy bass line, accompanied with stylish scratches that come in on just the right syllables. Norwegian vocalist Thomas Dybdahl comes in on three tracks while vocalist Bradley sings ‘Run Honey Run’, a livelier track that meanders around a Don McLean sound with classic Morcheeba overtones.