After the meditative electronica of 2002’s 18 and the singer-songwriter moves of 2005’s Hotel, moby returns to the dance floor with a vengeance on his new album Last Night, released on 31st March 2008. Spanning hands-in-the-air, Smiley-faced rave anthems, cosmic Giorgio Moroder-styled Euro-disco, hip-hop both old school and underground, and downtempo, end-of-the-night ambience, Last Night is a dance music tour de force that looks back at moby’s deep roots in the club scene at the same time as it embraces the future.
Reacting against the downbeat quality of previous albums like Hotel, 18 and the blockbuster Play, moby “wanted to make an album that was a little more playful, a little more reflective of [his] life as it actually is.” While moby has garnered a bit of a reputation as a joyless militant as a result of the way he once expressed his beliefs and has been frequently characterized by the British music press as a teetotaling vegan Jesus freak, he says, “That’s just not who I am. I’m more likely than not to stay out until 5am drinking with my friends.”
In fact, Last Night is conceptually structured like one of these epic nights out, moving from the building excitement of the early evening to peak-time euphoria to 2 am confusion and the blissful peace of the early morning New York City sunrise. moby hesitantly admits that Last Night is in fact something of a concept album as it attempts to condense an entire night out into a 60-minute album. But banish any thoughts of deaf, dumb and blind pinball savants or prog rockers sailing topographic oceans because the concept doesn’t get in the way of the dance floor imperative and merely serves to give a subtle narrative arc to Last Night’s exploration of the energy of nightlife.
Moby - Making of Last Night from moby on Vimeo.
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