Moby Last Night on Import 2LP
After the meditative electronica of 2002's 18 and the singer/songwriter moves of 2005's Hotel, Moby returned to the dance floor with a vengeance in 2008 with Last Night. 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." 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 a.m. confusion and the blissful peace of the early morning New York city sunrise. Moby admitted 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.
Last Night was mixed by Dan Grech-Maguerat (Radiohead, Scissor Sisters) and features guest vocals from original 70's MC Grandmaster Caz, one of the writers of "Rappers Delight," Sylvia from Kudu, the UK's MC Aynzli and Smokey and S.O. Simple of Nigerian hip-hop group 419 Squad.