Moby — Song: Go Album: Moby
Though it seems that most popular techno/dance was popularized by UK/European acts (though I do not want to overlook the Detroit techno scene), Moby was a shining star of sorts here in the U.S. underground/club scene of NYC. After releasing, most likely, white label singles and performing/DJing in the late 80s and early 90s, 1992 saw the release of his first full length record, Moby. Included on Moby, were new-solid versions of some earlier written tracks Drop A Beat, Next Is The E and Go, the latter of which can be found in it’s original and drastically different form on the release Early Underground.
Go is a quintessential early Moby track and many years before he quite literally—sold out (every track on his 1999 release, Play, was licensed to be used in commercials, film etc. Hey, a guy has to make money somehow) and before he started providing vocals on his records. Go contains, a sample from Angelo Badalamenti’s “Laura Palmers Theme” from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Starting off very ethereal until the beat kicks in the structure of the song is fairly simple, something which critics at the time may have noted, but also contains vocal samples which would soon become a calling card of Moby—incorporating gospel-style vocals into his music.
In my opinion the last good [techno/dance] record he made was Everything Is Wrong, which was the record that started an increase in his visibility as an artist out of the underground and into the mainstream, but also as an activist. Animal Rights is a good record for it’s stark departure, harkening back to his early punk roots, and frankly more enjoyable than anything that came after it. — Timmy G