Moby's etched himself quite the reputation since his techno and ambient releases of the early 90s. The trip-hop output made famous on 'Play' has become his classic sound and his new album is a welcome return to this. New single 'Like a Motherless Child' demonstrates this perfectly, a contemporary take on a historic spiritual song.
First ever time on vinyl for this quality collection of B-sides from Moby’s globe-straddling Play era. Eleven cuts that might not be familiar if you weren’t scooping up all the Play singles at the time, and on coloured vinyl too! Limited edition pressing of just 1000 copies, via Moby’s own Little Idiot label concern.
Four remixes of tracks taken from Moby & The Void Pacific Choir’s These Systems Are Failing album from 2016. Well, three remixes of the lead single Are You Lost In the World Like Me? By Nava Ryan, Zarva, and Moby himself and one remix of The Light Is Clear In My Eyes from Blanck Mass. Limited pressing on Little Idiot.
Moby springs a surprise album on us all in the form of More Fast Songs About The Apocalypse, credited to Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. It is unclear at this point whether this is an actual group of collaborators of not (certainly, there aren’t that many choral arrangements here), but it certainly signifies a different approach to the traditional Moby style of funky electronica. Out on Little Idiot.
Rex The Dog and Woodtick both look back to Moby’s classic old tune Go, giving it a fresh spin of their own. These remixes of the famously Twin Peaks-sampling track add the kind of jump-up percussion and club vibes that Moby might have found harder to synch with adverts. 12” on Little Idiot, also featuring the original mix.
Well, Moby’s back, and he’s pissed. His new incarnation with The Void Pacific Choir removes the pianos and string sections, and the down beat pleasantness. It seems angry, almost Gary Numan inspired electro punk. Huge pounding kick drums, overdriven beds of synths and near shouted, and preaching vocals. Moby’s taking a stand against the tide of forever young pop it seems.
Hotel Ambient by Moby was originally released as bonus disc on the limited edition version of his 2005 album Hotel. This version has been expanded to include extra tracks and fully remastered. Hotel Ambient contains some of Moby’s best ambient material - music you can really get lost in. The album showcases Moby’s influences from modern classical pioneers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and the godfather of ambient music, Brian Eno to the revolutionary Detroit techno of Derrick May and the IDM found on the Warp label’s roster in its early days.