18 tracks The great iconoclast of techno returns with a smooth, sacred, and exhilarating record. Play's concoction of breakbeat rhythms, ambient mixology, and inspired blues and gospel samples cry out across musical genres and histories, imparting a time-tested wisdom to beat-driven ears. Moby's devout faith--in both God and his own musical whims--give this approach a sort of legitimacy that another, less sincere artist would never have. That sincerity reverberates through the beats and instrumental eclecticism like a pulse. The soulful refrains and proclamations in "Find My Baby" and "Natural Blues" somehow nestle between straight-up dance-floor rave-ups ("Bodyrock") and melt-in-your-mouth ambience ("Inside") with an effortless grace. Moby reaches across his turntables and finds something pure--almost organic. In fact, the album feels more natural than techno is ever supposed to feel, more spiritual than what DJs are supposed to be able to muster, and more alive than it has any right to be. --Matthew Cooke
UK special two CD collectors edition of the Electronica star's 2003 release features a bonus CD containing nine remixes from the likes of Mark Norman, TiÃ«sto, Junkie XL, Toksin's, Dylan Rhymes and Sander Kleinenberg. Black Hole.
No Description Available.Genre: Dance, DJMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 3-NOV-1998 Of all the genres within electronic music, trance probably gets the worst rap. The music is guilty by association with the hippies that worship it with a religious-like fervor. And if executed poorly, its dramatic crescendos sound like pretentious, pompous pap. But a good trance DJ can save a string of the genre's records from falling down the drain of all-too-common gargantuan breakdowns and endless wind-ups. Paul Oakenfold might be the DJ to rescue trance from itself; Tranceport features a veritable who's who of trance records and producers--Sasha's remix of Gus Gus's "Purple," a few tracks from seminal trance producer Paul van Dyk, and the driving, impenetrable "Enervate" by Transa. Oakenfold's mixing is impeccably suited to trance: long, drawn-out bleeds of sound seep from one transcendent track to the next. --Tricia Romano
A Swiss-born, Italian-raised pianist, Robert Miles serves up numbingly repetitive but lively sub-Moroder disco for 66 unrelenting minutes. While it may make Vangelis sound like Mozart by comparison on the home stereo, this is evidently sheer magic under the mirrorballs of Ibiza, Paris, and Scarborough. --Jeff Bateman
Alice Deejay ~ Who Needs Guitars Anyway Alice Deejay finds its inspiration at the nexus where house music meets Eurovision songwriting. The creative force behind Alice Deejay, and the voice fronting it, is a Dutch club DJ identified only as Judy. She's enlisted two other singers (Gaby and Jane) and a host of European house-music producers from the more pop end of the spectrum--people whose credits include remixing Ricky Martin's World Cup theme song and the Vengaboys. The result is a mixture of melodies that are heavily Europop with maybe a dash of contemporary U.S. Britney-'n'-Backstreet Top 40 over a beat that started with Giorgio Moroder in the late '70s, took a trip through the British Hi-NRG style in the '80s, and hasn't yet quit. The handiest comparison to someone who has combined a similar set of elements in an obviously successful way is to Cher and her hit "Believe," but the proof that crafting melodies that catchy is not easy is also on display. --Bob Bannister
One of the Biggest Dance Albums of 2002, 'airdrawdagger' Avoids Pure Dancefloor Fodder in Favor of a More Understated, Almost Chilled Out Approach. It Melds his Love of Breakbeat and Soundtrack Work and Plays Tribute to Some of his Biggest Influences. True Turntable Artistry.