Voodoo Child

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A trio of stark, edgy techno pieces from Moby, using one of his earliest aliases (it seems everyone has them in the electronic scene). Whether for nostalgia or anonymity, Richard M. Hall sheds his famous skin with ease and adventure on the title cut, delivering a straightforward, bare-bones, exciting rave anthem that succeeds boldly in the face of its own cliché. The second cut, "Desperate," skimps a bit on atmosphere and varying structure, opting instead for a simple build that works once but not twice -- it falls flat trying to recreate the magic of track one, and forcing the point with harsher sound makes it the weakest of all. The EP closes interestingly with something like a lost Brian Eno song. "Sim 1" is, at its core, a quiet piece that doesn't necessarily unwind the listener after a fierce night of clubbing, but rather serves to coil them up more tightly. At 14 minutes, this stretch of atypical ambience has no sustained notes, but rather clicking percussion, pulsing bass beeps, and shimmering crystal riffs that drift along like waves of metal shavings. An unsuspecting and moody close to the EP, making this and the title cut some of the best work Moby has done without putting his name on it, though some distributors couldn't resist putting stickers on the jewel case that read File Under Moby. Listeners should skip track two and congratulate themselves on a rare find.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Moby
4:52
2
feat: Moby
8:05
3
feat: Moby
14:00
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