In the lead-up to the release of this year’s Depeche Mode remix collection, there was a thawing of relations between founding members Vince Clarke and Martin Gore — Clarke left the band after 1981 debut Speak & Spell to form Yaz and subsequently Erasure. As Gore recently told Billboard, this new VCMG project was rather spontaneous:
“Out of the blue I got an e-mail from (Clarke) just saying, ‘I’m interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?’ He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ and that’s what we’ve been doing the last six months. It was something different, and we didn’t have conversations about it. It was more just like e-mails and file-sharing. It was something completely different — no vocals, all instrumental stuff. I think a few years ago it would have seemed highly unlikely (to work with Clarke again).. but now we all get on OK, so it’s not that strange.”
VCMG plan a full length release early next year on Mute, but you can get your hands on the Spock EP December 13th. It’ll feature the title track, plus four remixes… stream the former and two of the remixes here:
Spock (Edit Select Remix):
Spock (Regis Remix):
The remixes are rather superfluous, but “Spock” itself is quite the banger. Can’t wait to see what else these email pals have cooking in their hard drives.