The musical reunion of former Depeche Mode bandmates Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore that was first revealed last summer will see the light of day later this month when the duo releases the first in a series of techno EPs under the moniker VCMG — to be followed by a full-length album in early 2012, Mute Records announced today.
The duo’s first collaboration in 30 years, the Spock EP — featuring the album version of “Spock,” plus four remixes (see tracklist below) — will be released on Nov. 30 via Beatport, then will become available through all digital music retailers on Dec. 12. A 12-inch single follows on Dec. 20.
In a statement provided by Mute, Erasure’s Clarke says of the project: “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.” Gore adds: “Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, ‘I’m 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’.”
The as-yet-untitled album was produced by Clarke and Gore and mixed by electronic artist Überzone/Q and will be released in early 2012, according to Mute.
Tracklist: VCMG, Spock EP
1. “Spock” (Album version)
2. “Spock” (Edit Select Remix)
3. “Spock” (Regis Remix)
4. “Spock” (DVS1 Voyage Home Remix)
5. “Spock” (XOQ Remix)
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