Mobys latest set is a thematic one, focusing on the busy musicians many hours spent in spare hotel rooms, impersonal airport lounges, and in transit. All of the songs were written on the road - many fueled by Mobys insomnia - and many are also accompanied by photographs that Moby took, which can be acquired via a separate photography book of the same name. Opening the album is the evocative instrumental piece The Broken Places (several other just instrumentals are also included here, the best being Sevastopol); also included are danceable tracks After and Blue Moon, and the more introspective When You Are Old.
Blondie - Greatest Hits - Capitol
With Blondie prepping a brand new album for release later this year, now seems like a good time to revisit their remastered Hits set, which - although it could stand an update with some of the bands more recent tunes (other than Maria) - is the best representation of the influential group to date. Showcasing their progressing from a more punk outfit (X Offender, Rip Her to Shreds) to the synth-pop, catchy songs they became known for, the collection includes fan and critical faves Heart of Glass, The Tide is High, Hanging on the Telephone, Island of Lost Souls, and the landmark Rapture. Its icy cool, and great indeed.
Above and Beyond - Group Therapy - Ultra
At once both shoegazy and dance-floor-friendly (somehow?), Above and Beyonds latest equally showcases the vocal work of Richard Bedford and Zoe Johnson, staying well within the trance realm but adding plenty of personalized emotion and thoughtful arrangements. Filmic proves A and Bs skills with synths, weaving around a subtle piano line and a catchy theme. Thing Called Love gets more energetic and poppy, while Sun and Moon gets even heavier; the album balances well between those moments and quieter ones, such as the harp-laden Eternal and Only a Few Things with its lonely ambiance.
BT - These Re-Imagined Machines - Nettwerk
This two-disc set takes BTs Grammy-nominated studio album, These Hopeful Machines, and hands it over to the likes of Armin van Buuren and Marcus Schossow, among others, for some serious and crafty remixing. Even if you purchased the original set (or BTs one-disc, compressed version of the same), youll still want this third version of the set, from the Cedric Gervais remix of Le Nocturne de Lumiere all the way through van Buurens take on Every Other Way. Other standouts include Ferry Corstens revamping of Suddenly, Schossows version of The Emergency, and the Sultan/Shepard remix of Rose of Jericho.