Moby Journeys Through The Past For Alan Lomax Samples

Moby, the techno and dance guru who turned down an offer to produce the new Guns N' Roses record, is slated to return to stores on June 1 with his own new solo effort, entitled "Play."

Several of the tracks featured on the album -- including the two singles, "Honey" and "Run On" -- incorporate samples taken from field recordings made by Alan Lomax for the United States Library of Congress in the 1930s.

During that time, Lomax traveled the highways and byways of the Deep South to capture the sounds of such seminal Appalachian folk and Delta blues artists as Woody Guthrie and Muddy Waters, as well as scores of other, lesser-known regional performers.

But when MTV News sat down with Moby to talk about the new record, he was careful to differentiate between the kind of work he did using the "found material" and what Lomax was able to accomplish.

"The funny thing is that I didn't actually work that hard to find these recordings,"

Moby said. "I mean, if you contrast my using these recordings to Alan Lomax actually finding them, it's a very different story."

"He drove around the South for years finding people and recording them singing," he continued, "and I just went to Tower Records and bought this box set from Atlantic Records. So, I'm a very lazy musical historian." [RealVideo]

The video for "Run On," the second single from Moby's new album, is currently in rotation on MTV's "120 Minutes."