VCMG are releasing one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album Ssss, out on Mute on March 13, 2012.
It marks the reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo & Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode). They have joined forces, for the first time in over thirty years, to craft a 10-track album which demonstrates their mutual love of electronic music. Full remix details for EP2/ Single Blip, the follow up to EP1/ Spock – out now on 12” / download and featuring remixes by Edit-Select, Regis, DVS1 and XOQ – will follow.
Ssss Track Listing:
- Windup Robot
- Bendy Bass
- Single Blip
- Skip This Track
There is also a fresh interview out with Vince and Gore, below is excerpt from it:
The Quietus spoke to both Clarke and Gore over the phone from America (they’re doing their interviews for the UK press separately) to untangle the story of what turns out to have seemed to a project where unfinished creative business reaped some great reward.
Martin, it was interesting to read in The Stool Pigeon that Vince, who first approached you about VCMG, had never listened to techno until recently, whereas obviously you’ve done more with DJing and so on.
Martin L Gore: I’ve been listening to techno for a long time now. I read The Stool Pigeon interview as well, and found out things about Vince I didn’t know! I never really knew Vince over the years, so that was a surprise to me that he only got into techno a couple of years ago. Mute even had a techno label for ages, NovaMute, and I remember being into the Tresor stuff, and Daniel [Miller, Mute boss] putting some of that out. Techno has been in my blood for ages.
Was it surprising how easily VCMG came about, if in fact it did?
Vince Clarke: I started working on the record on my own. I was working on about three or four tracks before I decided that I’d like to collaborate with somebody and contacted Martin. I think the surprise was how in tune Martin and I were about this kind of music. At the same time, it was really great because I’d send him something and have no idea of what he would be sending me back, but as it turned out it was something I really liked. I wasn’t just being nice! We just seemed to fall into the same mould.
Were you ever worried that he might say ‘no’?
VC: I didn’t know… I wasn’t sure… I know Martin’s always busy and I didn’t know what the Depeche Mode schedule was at the time. What I said in the email was that there’s no pressure, no deadline, no timeline, no release date scheduled, nothing, it’s something we can do and we can have a bit of fun with, and if you’re up for it then let’s do it.
Did he get back to you quite quickly?
VC: Fairly quickly – about a week and a half.
Martin, were you quite surprised that the idea was there? What was your initial response?
Martin L Gore: Of course I was really surprised, because I’d never in my wildest imagination thought that Vince might contact me and think we’d do a project together. So when I received that email it was a total shock. Once I’d got over that, it seemed like a really good idea because apart from the fact that it was nice to be doing something with Vince again after 30 years, I’ve been into techno music for a long time now.
You’ve said how when you were first together in Depeche Mode you didn’t actually know each other that well. Listening to VCMG it sounds very fresh and sparky, do you think that gap or cutting short of a relationship that still had a way to go creatively helped that? It means your partnership hasn’t become staid at all?
VC: Oh definitely. When I left Depeche, obviously Martin took over the writing, and his writing style is completely different to mine. Over the years we’ve developed completely different styles, and I think that’s why the record sounds so different. I don’t think people would have expected the record to sound as it does if we’d been working together for 25 years in the same band.
VCMG’ second release from ‘Ssss’
VCMG release one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album ‘Ssss’, out on 12 March 2012.
It marks the long awaited reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure/ Yazoo/ Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode)
Skip This Track
The arrival of Vince Clarke and Martin L Gore’s VCMG project in the form of belting single ‘Spock’ was a highlight of the end of 2011, a sturdy techno edifice that came remixed by the likes of Regis, DVS1 and XOQ.
Now comes information on VCMG’s debut album. Ssss is released via Mute on March 12th, and will be preceded by a second EP called ‘Single Blip’. Say Mute “Clarke and Gore worked alone in their respective studios, communicating only via email and exchanging files until the album was ready.” Stay tuned to the Quietus for more on VCMG, and in the meantime check out the Ssss tracklist below:
- Windup Robot
- Bendy Bass
- Single Blip
- Skip This Track
Bryan Black and Oly Grasset, who together form the act MOTOR, have shifted gears and recorded a song-based vocal album entitled ‘Man Made Machine’. The first single also titled “Man Made Machine”, features the vocals of none other than Depeche Mode’s Martin L. Gore.
Apart from the original extended version, there are additional remixes by Black Asteroid, Radio Slave and Chris Liebing available at http://www.clr.net/data.pl?release=CLRX1MP3
After 30 years working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke (Erasure / Yazoo / Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release a brand new album preceded by a series of EPs.
VCMG is the fruit of initially tentative discussion and subsequent enthused collaboration where Vince and Martin, both influential as pioneers in electronic music, get to exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the techno inspired VCMG.
The first release is an EP entitled Spock. EP1 / SPOCK will feature remixes from Edit-Select, aka Tony Scott, the UK DJ / producer and founder of EditSelect Records whose previous remix credits include Speedy J, Death In Vegas and Gary Beck; Regis, British techno musician Karl O’Connor, member of the Sandwell District collective and co-founder of Downwards Records); DVS1, Brooklyn based producer Derek VanScoten (Radiohead / Sleigh Bells / Emancipator); plus XOQ, the alter ego of Californian Überzone / Q, who mixed the VCMG album.
2011-11-29 – RTVE (Spain) – Siglo 21
Siglo 21 – VCMG – 29/11/11 29 nov 2011 VCMG son Vince Clarke (Erasure) y Martin Gore (Depeche Mode). Se han reencontrado para este proyecto que presentamos ya en Siglo 21. También la música del Professor Angel Sound, RM Humbert y Kludge, entre otras novedades. En Contenedores de Arte, Display Canarias.
VCMG’s Spock premiered in full on the Spanish radio station RTVE: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/siglo-21/siglo-21-vcmg-29-11-11/1260920/
In the middle of the podcast you can listen to the track.
NEWS ON THE STREET:
Both Depeche mode and OMD has announced that new albums are on their way. OMD has already confirmed that they have begun work on their next release, to be called “English Electric”. Depeche Mode, on the other hand, is scheduled to meet in January to discuss the next album, with recording provisionally set to start in March.
Vince Clarke (Erasure, Yazoo, Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) have announced that they are releasing an album as VCMG. It’s the duo’s first collaboration in 30 years.
According to Clarke and Gore, VCMG is an opportunity for the duo to “exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the techno-inspired VCMG.”
“I’ve been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music,” says Clarke. “I got really intrigued by all the sounds.”
“I realized I needed a collaborator,” he adds, “so it occurred to me to talk to Martin.”
“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?’” says Gore. “This was maybe a year ago. He said, ‘No pressure, no deadlines,’ so I said, ‘OK’.”
What do you think of the idea of Vince Clarke & Martin Gore collaborating again, after 30 years? And is VCMG the world’s first electronic music supergroup?
VCMG – Spock
Clarke and Gore plan to release several EP’s, as VCMG, followed by an album.
The first release is an EP entitled Spock. EP1 / SPOCK will feature remixes from Edit-Select, aka Tony Scott, the UK DJ / producer; Regis, British techno musician Karl O’Connor; Zak aka DVS1, founder of Hush Records plus XOQ, the alter ego of Überzone / Q, who mixed the VCMG album.
EP1/SPOCK will be available starting Nov 30th on Beatport, and in wider distribution on Dec 12. 12″ vinyl hits Dec 19th.
New audio (featuring Martin Gore on guitar) plus exclusive video clip. Compact Space – the band around Florian Kraemmer, Christian Eigner and Daryl Bamonte.
Compact Space recently signed a worldwide licensing deal with Ferryhouse Productions in Hamburg. The first album “Nameless” and “Push Push” EP will be released simultaneously on 24th June 2011.
Whereas Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan already had several biographies gracing the shop shelves, neither Martin Gore or Andy Fletcher have had the ‘chance’ being selected for this treatment. Okay, Gore had his lyrics compiled in this book, but that wasn’t a biography, was it. At least for Martin Gore that’s about to change as the German freelance journalist André Boße and self declared fan Dennis Plauk wrote the book “Insight – Martin Gore und Depeche Mode: Ein Porträt” which can be ordered right here at Amazon GER).
The 240 pages book relates the life of the songwriter through which both authors ‘try to find the secret of his success’. The book is basically mostly based on press articles, interviews and TV-coverage material. Add to that interviews with fans – let’s hope those were interesting.
…fully equipped with their new fat single “Its not over” – should be a promising event I believe, Check out their new single below:
Client’s uniform image is always inspiring and a departure from the norm, maybe a bit too obvious for the sensibilites of some who think they’re exploiting their style. Take this picture for example, the trio are obviously pushing it, but is it done in an ironic way? or is it mere titilation?