Last Night is the eighth studio album by American electronica singer, songwriter, and musician Moby, released on March 29, 2008, by Mute Records. The album is a much more dance-oriented release than Moby's previous few albums.
In October 2006, Moby released his greatest hits compilation Go – The Very Best of Moby. Following its release, he decided to start work on his next studio album, his first since Hotel in 2005. Moby adopted a conceptual theme in regard to the album's shape, structuring it like an "epic night out" in New York City, "moving from the building excitement of the early evening, to peak-time euphoria, to 2 a.m. confusion, and the blissful peace of the early morning New York City sunrise." Moby was influenced by this idea from living in Manhattan and being exposed to a variety of live dance music, which he wanted to reflect on Last Night: "I wanted to condense that 8 hour going out experience into 65 minutes",
The album was recorded in Moby's home studio in Manhattan and features a number of guest vocalists, including Wendy Starland, MC Grandmaster Caz (one of the writers of "Rapper's Delight", which boosted the popularity of sampling, a common method to make the music on Moby's 1999 album Play), Sylvia from the band Kudu, British MC Aynzli, and the Nigeria-based 419 Squad. Moby picked "Last Night" as his favourite track on the album.
On his official website, Moby stated that this album is "a lot more dance-oriented and electronic than my last few albums, probably as a result of all of the DJing I've been doing lately." Moby made the album as a tribute to his favorite city in the world:
Last Night is basically a love letter to dance music in New York City. What I love about the New York approach to dance music is the eclecticism and the open minded-ness on the part of the musicians, the DJ's, and the people in the bars and clubs.