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Listen: Moby covers Duran Duran’s “Rio”

on May 27, 2014, 12:00pm

Los Angeles record label Manimal Vinyl is following up similar star-studded tribute albums for The CureMadonna, and David Bowie with one for Duran Duran. Entitled Making Patterns Rhyme, the compilation features contributions from Warpaint, Little Dragon, Austra, Crocodiles, Barbarian, Luxxury, and Soko, among others.

The album isn’t officially out until July, but today Manimal unveils Moby’s cover of the 1982 smash “Rio”. Perhaps Duran Duran’s most recognizable song, the original bursts with color and energy thanks to the signature synth groove and booming sax solo. In Moby’s hands, “Rio” is an unrecognizable amalgamation of house and trance music, marked by methodical piano line, dense Brazilian rhythms, and sultry, come-hither female vocals. It may be its own beast entirely, but Moby’s taken the track’s flirtatious vibes and inflated them into a full-blown dance-ballad dripping with endless sex appeal.

Listen in below:

Moby’s rendition of “Rio” will be available via iTunes on June 3rd.

All sales from Making Patterns Rhyme will go to benefit Amnesty International. Below, check out the album’s tentative tracklist:

Meanwhile, Duran Duran are hard at work on a new album of their own and have enlisted former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to play on several tracks.

Making Patterns Rhyme Tentative Tracklist:
Warpaint – “The Chauffeur”
Little Dragon – “Save A Prayer”
Barbarian – “Late Bar”
Service Bells – “Anyone Out There?”
Louise Burns – “Land”
Crocodiles – TBA
The Holiday Crowd – “Friends of Mine”
Beliefs – “Sound of Thunder”
Moby – “Rio”
Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus – “Do You Believe In Shame?”
Liars – “Ordinary World”

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tracey mailler
June 8, 2014 at 6:43 am

LOOKING GREAT GUYS LUV U ALl

Anonymous
May 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

This is junk… lost me after 10 seconds

Click Rhodes
May 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

You are the RIO World with Duran Duran!

Rhyanne
May 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I’m afraid if the rest of the covers are as bad as this then no way in the hell will I be buying the album, sorry Amnesty International and shame on you Moby for sucking all the life out of a great song. Terrible, just terrible.

Gwyneth
May 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

This is horrible. Cheap. Absolutely not acceptable. If they wanted to use great lyrics for a terrible melody they had and didnot know how to use…. that’s it. Rio is another thing. Sorry. if all the tunes are like this, I don’t think I’d buy it.

Anonymous
May 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I don’t like it…sounds cheap, sorry

Anonymous
May 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

Absolute wank.

Jim
May 28, 2014 at 5:45 am

A truly awful bunch of bilge. It’s hardly a cover of Rio! It’s a completely different song, a dreary noise with a completely different melody – the only thing it has in common with the original are the lyrics. That’s it though. It is entirely different. Which isn’t a bad thing, if it had improved from the original, but it absolutely hasn’t. If I ever had the misfortune of hearing this again in my life, it would be way too soon.
Sorry, but some things should be left alone. This is just dire.

Anonymous
May 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

It’s the kind of track you would listen to in the car and chill a little. But it’s a poor reflection of the original

Nancy Olivia Thomas
May 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

It is different but I like the Original version of Rio by: Durran Durran!!

Matthew Williams (@yorkie201180)
May 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Having heard Moby’s version of rio, all I can say is it is the worst version of a great track. Moby has sucked out all the life out of the song and just left the carcass behind. 2/10

Who gave this the greenlight?
May 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Fucking terrible.

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