With a string of hit albums, countless syncs and six Grammy Award nominations, Moby is one of the most successful electronic music producers of the past quarter century.
Don’t quite believe it? Moby’s 1999 effort Play went on to shift more than 12 million copies worldwide, and most tracks from it were unpacked and rehomed for film and TV spots. 2002’s 18 and 2005’s Hotel were also chart smashes on both sides of the Atlantic, years before EDM became a catchphrase for the masses.
The New York-based singer, songwriter and producer takes us on a musical adventure with Reprise, an album that sees Moby reimagine his own classics with orchestral arrangements.
Featuring assists from Gregory Porter, Kris Kristofferson, Alice Skye, Mark Lanegan and others, Reprise is released on the venerated classical label Deutsche Grammophon.
Several years in the making and spanning 14 songs, the new LP includes the previously-released “Porcelain,” featuring Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
“Sorry if this seems self-evident, but for me the main purpose of music is to communicate emotion,” Moby explains. “To share some aspect of the human condition with whoever might be listening… I long for the simplicity and vulnerability you can get with acoustic or classical music.”
The new set dropped at midnight, along with the companion film Moby Doc, directed and edited by Rob Bralver. Moby Doc is said to be a “surrealist biographical documentary,” narrated by Moby and containing interviews with the late David Bowie and David Lynch, and a trove of archive footage.
Chill out and tune into Reprise below.