WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Like A Motherless Child” by Moby

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Moby | Courtesy of artist and Mute Records

Moby is back to his roots, following two albums recorded with the Void Pacific Choir — These Systems Are Failing in 2016 and this year’s More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. The electronic music icon will release Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt on March 2nd.

According to Moby, the album is a return to the gospel and trip-hop influences of some of his earlier records, evidenced by the first single, “Like a Motherless Child,” a reworking of the traditional spiritual song “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” a song with roots stretching back over a century and a half to the time of slavery. The song features guest vocalist, Los Angeles based soul and R&B singer Raquel Rodriguez, and the title of the album is a line from Kurt Vonnegut’s anti-war novel, Slaughterhouse Five.

Below, watch the video for the song, and check out a playlist of artists Moby has curated that influenced the recording of Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt., including songs by Baby Huey, Grace Jones, Talking Heads, Manu Dibango, James Brown and others.

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