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Before Fatboy Slim and Prodigy took dance music up the pop charts, a kid from Connecticut with a background in punk rock and hip-hop hit huge with a record called "Go," soon ascending to become techno's first star. With classics like Everything Is Wrong and the Move EP, Moby made techno so euphorically exciting even rock 'n' rollers couldn't ignore it, and he continued to push boundaries with forays into heavy metal and film music. In that tradition, Moby's new Play is his most adventurous album to date. Throughout, the maestro ingeniously hops around the map. Blues vocals and field recordings (gathered by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax in the '30s) are sampled above florid hip-hop beats ("Honey"); a simpering slide guitar gels with an elegiac, gospel-tinged pop anthem ("South Side"); punk guitars rip through a funky street jam ("Bodyrock"). Of course, there's also enough straight-ahead techno and ambient music to satisfy longtime fans, but the heart of this excellent album is a restless sense of experimentation that passes over the block-rockin' beats and instead pursues a few fascinating avenues of expression.