With John Murray
No one creates themes these days like Moby. Ruthlessly but lucratively plundered into advertising campaigns and soundtracks his original pieces have to date sold over 20 million albums. No wonder then a huge expectation surrounds his new works due here on September 30. With a host of collaborators on board this time and for the first time an external producer in the shape of Mark Stent previously known for his work transforming Madonna and U2. Innocents (Little Idiot), comes with a single this week called ‘A Case Of Shame’ with Cold Specks guesting on melodic vocals repeating ‘cut off your nose, to spite your face.’ Aside of this we get ‘The Perfect Life’ with Wayne Coyne, a lighters in the air singalong, ‘Going Wrong’ is a lush ambient symphony and it closes with an epic Moby vocal (his only sung contribution) ‘The Dogs’, confirming his electro roots. So will there be a world tour to support the release? Well just three dates announced really and all in Los Angeles. If you like your rock raw then you will enjoy this new album from Stephen Dale Petit or SDP to his friends. Cracking The Code (333 Records), is his fifth album and opens with Mick Taylor as guest guitarist on ‘Holla’ before he hits us with ‘Wonder’ which has the meatiest guitar solo I have heard in some time, raw and cutting through the whole band and a delight for axe fans everywhere. Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist Hubert Sumlin plays lead on ‘Get You Off’ recorded just days before he died and so the subsequent ‘Hubert’s Blues’ becomes a tribute with guests Dr John and Chris Barber on trombone like the traditional New Orleans funeral march starting with slow pace to build into a real jumping party. ‘Shotgun Venus’ co-written by Pete Brown (Cream) owes a lot to ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘Slideaway’ is loud dirty blues with the only respite being the acoustic calm of ‘My Friend Bob’. As well as the now expected CD and download versions SDP has heavy weight red vinyl limited editions and has personally signed each one.