Moby offers up two sides of his musical personality on the double-disc V2 set “Hotel.” Disc one is steeped in ’80s-shaded dance-rock sensibilities, while disc two is a tranquil, ambient trip. “This record is a product of living in New York — my home,” he says. “The past few years here have been a really exciting time musically.”
To illustrate, Moby mentions New York bands like the Rapture, Interpol, the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. “All this great music these bands were making reminded me of the music I grew up with,” he offers. “So, I let myself make that kind of record.”
As for the ambient recording, which was inspired by 1970s David Bowie and Brian Eno albums, he remarks: “In my own presumptuous way, I believe the world is a better place when there’s a lot of quiet ambient music in it. It’s like aural xanax.”
“Hotel” is the follow-up to 2002’s “18,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart and No. 4 on The Billboard 200.