26 January 2013


Not exactly the most obvious of collaborations - or is it?  Well it depends what you know about the early history of Depeche Mode.  Vincent Clark was one of the original members of Depeche Mode with Martin Gore.  After Clark had left and went on to form Yazoo and then Erasure, Depeche Mode went on from strength to strength, releasing albums that conquered America and the rest of the world. Erasure & Yazoo were also highly successful, but a reunion was never really on the cards in any fashion. So it came as a little surprise when it was announced that these two were going to work together again.

Musically this is very minimal.  At times it reminds me of early 90's techno with hints of Moby before he became a walking commercial.  It is very bass heavy, with only fleeting keyboard work over the top of a pulsing heart beat that sounds retro even though it is less than a year old, and so fresh because of its old school vibe.

Anyone expecting song writing in the style of their day jobs will be sorely disappointed; this has nothing to do with either (apart from the remix albums that Depeche Mode has released over the last few years).  It is a solid release that will probably divide a few people, but for all people wishing for a new techno album with an old school feel and style, look no further than this little number.  It seems like the old dogs can still take the new pups to school.

7.5 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check

You can purchase it from here

You can listen to it on Spotify here

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