Voodoo Child

Dog Heaven

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Moby takes another pass below fame's radar as Voodoo Child in a follow-up to the exciting EP Higher. This time he takes a less-edgy approach with three closely related mixes to "Dog Heaven," a song that could easily be confused with a late-'80s dance remix of Tangerine Dream. Soaring orchestral string samples float in the distance, counterpoint sequencers beep in harmonious precision, and crisp drum machines thump along with a generic, club-friendly recognition. The first two mixes are decent, but so similar as to practically cancel each other out (the first being credited to Lopez, another alias). The third, Long Mix, takes a slightly more ambient approach by adding reverb and removing the drum track. It makes for the most ethereal and soothing version of what the listener has rapidly become too familiar with. It's debatable as to why "Dog Heaven" was stretched out to classify as an EP, since so little was done in terms of reinterpretation -- typically a given for electronica and typically something Moby the explorer can deliver easily enough. This comes across as uncharacteristically lazy; it may be heaven, but it's as if he fell asleep on the first cloud he saw.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Moby
6:21
2
feat: Moby
6:53
3
feat: Moby
19:45
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