Martin Gore and Vince Clarke, circa 2007

Ex-Depeche Mode bandmates Martin Gore and Vince Clarke have finished recording an all-instrumental dance record and must now mix it — but Gore warns in a new interview with Billboard.com that “even though it probably will be finished quite soon, it might not see the light of day for awhile.”

That’s because Depeche Mode is busy promoting Remixes 2: 81-11 — which features a new mix of “Behind the Wheel” by Clarke — and, for his part, Clarke is finishing a new Erasure album and preparing to tour Europe and North and South America this year.

In the Billboard interview, Gore talks about the genesis of the album with Clarke, which he describes as “all kind of dance and instrumental”:

“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?’ This was maybe nine months, a year ago. He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK,’ and that’s what we’ve been doing the last six months.”

According to Gore, they “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.”

Although it’s not year clear when the Gore/Clarke album will emerge, Gore is starting to get back into a Depeche Mode frame of mind. He told Billboard, “I’ve started writing again — writing songs and actually writing words again. I feel like it’s coming like a breath of fresh air after a long time of not thinking about them.”

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