Depeche Mode Dons A Techno Guise—VCMG

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The influential and pioneering Vince Clarke (Erasure/Yazoo/Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) are activating their techno wonder twin powers for the first time since 1981. VCMG (a hybrid of their initials) will release a brand new, yet-to-be-titled album in the spring of 2012 via Mute Records. Before the album drops, though, the duo will release a series of EPs. The first EP is “Spock,” and will feature remixes from Edit-Select—aka Tony Scott, the UK DJ slash producer and founder of Edit Select Records (previous remix credits include Speedy J, Death In Vegas and Gary Beck). There’s a remix from Regis, the British techno musician Karl O'Connor (member of the Sandwell District collective and co-founder of Downwards Records), which you can listen to below. A remix from Zak (aka DVS1), founder of Hush Records and prominent figure in US dance music scene. Plus a remix from XOQ—the alter ego of Überzone. Speaking of Überzone is the man that mixed the unnamed album.

We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this release.

Vince Clarke:

I’ve been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music and I got really intrigued by all the sounds… I realised I needed a collaborator… so it occurred to me to talk to Martin.

Says Martin:

Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, Im interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating? This was maybe a year ago. He said, No pressure, no deadlines, so I said, OK’.

And we say yeehaw.