Just can’t get enough super-early Depeche Mode, you say? Now you can, in a very surreal way.
After three decades apart, doing their own synthesizer thing, founding members Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have reunited as a the new techno-minded team VCMG. They have a full album coming out next year, preceded by the single/EP “Spock,” available Nov. 30 on Beatport, at all DSPs Dec. 13, and on 12” vinyl Dec. 20. And it all began as a simple tentative discussion of the pair’s mutual love of old-school dance.
“I’ve been getting into, and listening to, a lot of minimal dance music,” explains Clarke, who just wrapped a tour with his band Erasure. “And I got really intrigued by all the sounds. I realized I needed a collaborator, so it occurred to me to talk to Martin.”
Gore was on the same retro page. When he received an email invitation to work with his old bandmate — no pressure, no deadline — he jumped at the chance.
Naturally, the keyboardists worked alone in their separate studios, exchanging files by email, until they finally met to finalize the project this year at the Short Circuit Presents Mute Festival in London, in honor of their mutual imprint Mute.
Whom fans can turn to for further facts on this astonishing get-together: www.mute.com.