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Moby – Wait for Me

Sony

After last year’s noisy and boisterous dance album Last Night Moby vowed to make his next record a quieter and more personal affair. Enlisting the aid of Ken Thomas who brings the hushed electronic tones that marked his work with Sigur Ros and M83 the DJ decided to record much of Wait for Me at his home studio outside of his usual professional studio locations. There are no big beats or stunning pop hooks here. Instead Wait for Me features a return to the sombre and brooding atmosphere of Moby’s 1999 mega-hit Play though that album’s blues and spiritual samples are much more muted here. Some of the songs like the title track draw from Moby’s early punk influences such as Black Flag while others like "Jltf1" and "Jltf" are inspired by the vices and degeneracy of New York City. It’s not the adrenalin-filled moments that Moby is attempting to capture though but rather those lonely what-have-I-done pre-dawn moments. In fact on Wait for Me the sun is perpetually just around the corner mere moments away giving the album a rare emotional tautness.

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