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Podcast 148: Moby's Old-School Rave Mix

It's easy to throw around words like 'legend' and 'pioneer' when talking about electronic music, and let's face it, half the time people won't say boo about these labels, most likely because they don't know who they hell you're talking about. But when it comes to true-blue dance music heavy-hitters, the kinds of artists that even your mom has heard of, it's hard to top Moby. The man has changed a lot since getting his start making high-energy rave tunes in the early '90s, but even as his music has morphed, changed, and, yes, mellowed, it's always been clear that Moby still has a soft spot for that bygone era. Here at XLR8R, we've been itching for someone to do a classic rave mix, so we figured who better than Moby to put together a pumping session full of hyperactive synth stabs, feel-good piano melodies, whooshing hoover sounds, and endlessly pulsing beats. To our delight, he was up for the challenge, and the mix does not disappoint. Listen to the mix—we've had it on repeat since last week—and if you're in the mood for more Moby DJ action, check out his recently released Wait for Me. Remixes! album on Mute, which features a Moby DJ set along with reworkings of songs from his last full-length.

01 Messiah "Temple of Dreams" (Kickin)
02 Mentasm "I Need Release"
03 Altern8 "Frequency" (Network)
04 N-Joi "Mindflux" (RCA)
05 Ragga Twins "Hooligan 69" (Shut Up and Dance)
06 Awesome 3 "Don't Go" (City Beat)
07 Moby "Next is the E" (Instinct)
08 Hyper Go Go "High" (Hooj Choons)
09 Fierce Ruling Diva "You Gotta Believe" (React)
10 Bizarre Inc. "Playing With Knives" (Vinyl Solution)
11 Messiah "Xeroxed"
12 Dream Frequency "Feel So Real" (City Beat)

32 comments Moby's Old-School Rave Mix

Jason (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 10:48

Yes! Temple of Dreams is one of my all time favorite techno songs. Thanks for including it! I remember when it first came out. Yeah, I'm old.

dj gobi (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 14:09

wow, this mix brings me back to my first rave. It was 1993 and I was 15 years old. It was at the Richmond community center. There was a sound system the size of a two story building. There was just one massive room with everyone dancing together. People were in all sorts of crazy costumes. I took e for the first time. Soon I met another teenage girl who was on e to. We made out in the bleachers. She told me. "The beat is like our mothers heart beat, when we were in her womb"

When we left at 11am, people were still dancing.

After that night, I was never the same.


gobe beef (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 15:13

you're a delusional fggt gobi d*ck

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 20:27

I see Gobe Beef is still practicing PLUR. Freakin trolls are everywhere

Chris, off of Leeds (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 00:42

Takes me back. Just pure awesomeness!

yoyo (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 11:15

error in track list which is missing T99 - anastasia that is in between the 1st and 3rd track

dj gobi (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 12:27

if your going to dis me try to at least make it funnier than calling me names

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 16:18

holy nostalgia, i think i saw 90% of these bands at the edge in orlando and the rest out in the woods somewhere.
i am so old =)
thanks for the memories

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 16:32

Argh, thanks for making me wish I wasn't born in '93. Trance and contemporary hardcore are both shit compared to this stuff.

Oh, if on youtube, try looking up some of the live Dreamscape recordings, the music's top-notch. (Though the overall sound quality may not be!)

Micky melc (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 18:35

Moby is the reason I got in to dance music, melc are even doing a remix of 'Feeling so real' God bless you MOBY!! Check out www.soundcloud.com/wearemelc in the next few weeks to see what we have done ;-)

Core News (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 03:54

I got big respect for Moby! Thanks for this sweet mix.


IanT (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 07:57

Love this, love Moby and loving XLR8R, glad I stumbled into you. Bring back the 90's!!!

(Hating the hate though, chill out dude!)

Feral Hotdog (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/03/2010 - 15:18

I wish I was a talented enough writer to come up with adjectives like:
"endlessly pulsing beats".

Those are definitely the words of a lifestyle-magazine-writer attempting to say something brilliant about dance music.

Dancefloor Mayhem (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 07/04/2010 - 12:53

Very fun mix! I was a big fan of old school techno. Still have about half of those tracks on vinyl. Thanks for the music!


This is the sound of altern8...8...8..8 (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/05/2010 - 03:32

Those were the times of pure electronic music for the floor... I still think those times are (and will be) unrivaled by anything else. Electronic music has advanced hugely from those early tunes but those gems from the past can move the feet like nothing else in the world.

Kudos to Moby for this mix :)

Dj Stoltzer (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/05/2010 - 15:54

Well moby you make me feel young again ... thanks ,, fantastiqe ,selection , and playing with knifes ,, how did you remember that one ? Love it cool mix !!!!

Michel le Gras (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 08:16

C'est bien foutu, j'aime beaucoup, que de souvenirs en effet.
Du bon boulot :)

DJ Moabyte (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 07/06/2010 - 12:45

Still play many of these track. Classic mix, thanks Moby, takes me to November 1991 when he came to Denver for the first time.

Old schooler C.H. (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/08/2010 - 20:02

Brings me back, come on!! I truly believe we witnessed & were part of a global explosion back then. We all have our memories, brilliant times. You still rock Moby, good job!!

Johhny C (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 04:24

Yep, this mix is simply awesome. Raves were something else back then -unity, love, subculture, and cutting edge music. Sydney Aus had an amazing rave scene back then, imported from all the British backpackers. Underground and fun. Bliss.... thanks Moby, some top tunes.

Taffy Donut (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 15:24

Still have either original vinyl or CDs of all of these tracks. Time-Life presents....

dirk chops (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 22:38

ahhh yes this mix is so sick

i'd buy a time life presents old school for sure!!

Adan (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 07/17/2010 - 03:44

esta bomba el disco

rav3 mat8 (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/19/2010 - 17:12

Only missing some more Caspar Pound and CJ Bolland.

big up the SF Raves mailing list c. 1993

TW3LV3 (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 07/21/2010 - 11:22

sweet reminders, bringing back my happiness ..

Nostalgia (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/23/2010 - 04:09

Wicked mix from one of the true old school legends.

For many more links to old school mixes, downloads and videos check out:


mike (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 07/25/2010 - 17:28

I could've sworn the 2nd track is T99 - Anasthasia ??? Some classics in there man. Digital Domain - always a winner :)

Grim-Grog,Age 43 & ¾ (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 07/26/2010 - 15:29

Indeed, a fantastic choice of 9Ts classics.Crazy nights & mornings !! Moby was and is a legend. His new remixes still do it!

mrvincenthagen (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/13/2010 - 12:31

breathless, he's still the master!

kevthelar (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 08/21/2010 - 09:47

this is great. it take's me back and slap's me hard . moby still has the magic!

Ixi (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 01:21

Mixes like this are abundant online.. what would have been more interesting Moby would be micro remixes in your production style..

Paul C (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 09/27/2010 - 02:53

Yessir, 2nd tune is I need relief by Digital Domain on Rabbit City recordings,


My all time fave Moby tune is Go (Woodtick mix)

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