A Malian's Musings about Music and Mali…

“Friction” by Morcheeba


Part of the reason I’ve always loved the UK is its music scene.  It is home to many of my favorite artists/bands: Tricky, Portishead, Jamiroquai…the list goes on and on.

“Morcheeba” belongs to that elite list of bands that have developed a cult-like following over the years.  Their sound is part trip hop, part RnB, with an infusion of classic Reggae.  Their arrangements are lush and usually organic, meaning that they produce mostly music that has “live feel” to it.  I can only imagine how great they must be on stage…

On Friction, the band takes a political stance against the country’s legal system and admonishes the relative ease with which citizens get prosecuted.  “Friction turning to fire” highlights how efficient the “system” is at stifling any opposition.

Considering the fact that the name “Morcheeba” actually means “the way of Marijuana”, I think it’s pretty clear what their sound caters to:


Title: Friction / Artist: Morcheeba / Album: Big Calm, 1998

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