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Electronic/Dance - Released June 2, 2008 | Little Idiot


Electronic/Dance - Released June 29, 2009 | Because Music

Moby's most unified and understated album, and all the better for it, Wait for Me is a morose set of elegantly bleary material, quite a shift from the hedonistic club tracks of Last Night. Dominated by instrumentals, "Shot in the Back of the Head" is the most evocative of the bunch, seemingly pulled from an unreleased David Lynch film scored by the Afghan Whigs circa Gentlemen -- a lament from a dustbowl, full of mournful slide guitar and dewy electric piano. Other than "Mistake" -- a glum neo-post-punk rave-up that, despite its cathartic release, remains downcast -- Moby leaves the vocals to a series of women (neighborhood chums, apparently) who each contribute to one song. The smoky 3-a.m. gospel whispers from throwback soul singer Leela James on "Walk with Me" steal the show. © Andy Kellman /TiVo

Electronic/Dance - Released March 15, 2019 | Little Idiot


Electronic/Dance - Released March 31, 2008 | Mute, a BMG Company


Electronic/Dance - Released February 26, 2016 | Little Idiot


Electronic/Dance - Released May 15, 2020 | Mute


Ambient - Released May 11, 2016 | Little Idiot

Ten thousand early CD copies of Moby's 2005 album Hotel were packaged with a bonus disc, Hotel: Ambient -- an assemblage of restrained, atmospheric, and predominantly beatless tracks. Moby obtained the rights to that extra set and, in late 2014, wisely gave it a separate release as a digital download with three bonus tracks. A triple-vinyl edition was released a few months after that. The material, heavily inspired by Brian Eno's early ambient releases -- certain parts of Music for Airports and On Land, for instance -- is among the producer's best and most nuanced work. It evokes a mix of comfort and slight alienation, and is pleasurable whether placed in the background or heard through total immersion. The bonus cuts, including the gently swarming "May 4 Two" and a 16-minute version of the weightless and elegiac "Live Forever" are enhancements rather than completist lures. © Andy Kellman /TiVo

Electronic/Dance - Released July 27, 1992 | Little Idiot


Electronic/Dance - Released August 1, 2013 | Mute, a BMG Company


Electronic/Dance - Released August 17, 1993 | Little Idiot


Electronic/Dance - Released September 30, 2013 | Mute


Electronic/Dance - Released March 2, 2018 | Mute


Pop - Released January 17, 2006 | Atlantic Records - ATG


Techno - Released September 21, 2018 | MOOD Records


Electronic/Dance - Released November 15, 2011 | Mute


Electronic/Dance - Released July 3, 1997 | Rhino - Elektra


Electronic/Dance - Released November 2, 2009 | Little Idiot


House - Released April 3, 2017 | Suara


Electronic/Dance - Released May 17, 2011 | Mute


Electronic/Dance - Released February 7, 1995 | Rhino - Elektra

When Play became a breakout hit in 1999, Elektra readied a basic trainer for listeners new to Moby's practically trademarked style of down-tempo house baroque. Ranging from the Move EP, his major-label debut, to the soundtrack-inspired I Like to Score, Songs 1993-1998 trawls the back catalog to pluck tracks on the same atmospheric level as Play classics like "Porcelain" or "South Side." Many of these tracks -- especially ones from Everything Is Wrong and Animal Rights -- sound much better in this format, divorced from the rock flame-outs that often surrounded them on the original albums. And though the version of his classic "Go" is actually a re-recording from 1998, it's a solid update that retains much of the original but never sounds like a pointless remake. Songs 1993-1998 also spotlights Moby's continuing excellence in a number of genres, including a few of his Hi-NRG house singles from the mid-'90s ("Feeling So Real," "Move"), as well as his frequently beautiful ambient excursions ("God Moving Over the Face of the Waters," "The Rain Falls and the Sky Shudders"). It's a shame that the compilation completely skips his seminal early productions ("Drop a Beat," "Next Is the E") and a few rarities would've been nice for collectors, but Songs 1993-1998 will satisfy fans of Play waiting for a new album. © John Bush /TiVo


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