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.
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.
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.