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Moby - Last Night Remixed

Moby - Last Night (Remixed)

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

LAST Night was not the most memorable album in Moby’s back catalogue, so it was with some trepidation that I came to a remixed version of it. The trepidation proved correct. This is infinitely worse.

Remixing may have been a key part of Moby’s career for 15 years (as he’s remixed everyone from the beastie boys to David Bowie, from Metallica to New Order, from the Prodigy to Public Enemy), but evidently the new breed that has turned their hand to Moby’s own music have not returned the same sort of compliment.

Last Night Remixed claims to offer the cream of the current electronic crop, from Holy Ghost!, The Shapeshifters and Tocadisco to AC Slater and General Midi, but none bring anything worthwhile to the Last Night template and – if anything – make some of the better tracks worse.

Alice, for instance, is completely wrecked by the aforementioned General Midi – a formerly great, Bourne-anthem in waiting turned into nothing more than a tireless Ibiza or Miami super-club style anthem.

Even songs that begin promisingly, such as The Stars, squander their early potential amid a dizzying, deafening and damn near intolerable collection of rapid-fire beats, lacklustre electronics and super-club monotony.

I can understand why Moby has done it. The remixer wants to make himself contemporary and essential once more and albums like this, his most dance-orientated offering since his breakthrough material, make him well placed to do so.

But fans of his 18 and Play era ambience may be scratching their heads, and blocking their ear drums, with bewilderment. This is a very major disappointment and a huge, huge turn-off.

Track listing:

  1. I Love To Move In Here (Holy Ghost! Remix)
  2. Ooh Yeah (Kris Menace Remix)
  3. Live For Tomorrow (Tocadisco Remix)
  4. I’m In Love (The Shapeshifters Maximal Remix)
  5. Disco Lies (Freemasons Club Mix)
  6. I Love To Move In Here (Seamus Haji Remix)
  7. Alice (General Midi Remix)
  8. The Stars (AC Slater Remix)
  9. Disco Lies (Spencer And Hill Remix)
  10. Alice (Drop The Lime-Heavy Bass Remix)
  11. Ooh Yeah (D.Ramirez Haunted Playground Remix)
  12. I’m In Love (Mason’s Glowsticks Mix)
  13. I Love To Move In Here (Style Of Eye Piano Remix)
  14. Last Night