Queen of the Highway

In the dance/electronic landscape, singer/songwriter/producer (and remixer) Morel—aka Richard Morel—is a unique and rare individual.

In the dance/electronic landscape, singer/songwriter/producer (and remixer) Morel—aka Richard Morel—is a unique and rare individual. While his songs are incredibly contemporary à la progressive house kingpins Sasha & Digweed and Deep Dish, they, nonetheless, hark back to the early alternative rock/synth pop recordings of Fad Gadget, David Bowie, New Order, and Yaz, when smart words were as important as deft beats and rhythms. In this way—like authors William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and J.T. LeRoy—Morel creates intoxicatingly vivid narratives that skillfully push the boundaries of dance/electronic music. That said, Queen of the Highway includes tales of street hustlers ("All of the Sweet Ones"), unrequited love ("Funny Car"), secrets and lies ("A World Set Free"), not fitting in ("Mean Time"), and true colors ("True"). A tough sell, indeed, Queen of the Highway has numerous rewards for the adventurous ones who are up for a good challenge.—MP