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
Paul Quinn and Vince Clarke – One Day
Theme music to 1983 police series “The Chinese Detective” performed by Yazoo. Written and performed by Vince Clarke who had founded Depeche Mode and later The Assembly and Erasure. Mixed and edited by electrobronze in 2007
Amazing mix from synth wizard Vince Clarke (Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yazoo) for The Presets new single: If I Know You. Image compose: www.mandalamandala.net
Robert Marlow: Rare TV appearance.
This song is produced by Vince Clarke (aka ex-Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure).
Robert Marlow was his old friend.
Billie Ray Martin- Sweet suburban disco (vince clarke remix)
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.
All of these videos has previously been released on Clarke’s on home page, but have now been put out on Youtube, here are the remaining ones:
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Roland System 100m
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Arp 2600
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Roland Jupiter 4 and Boss DR-55
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – Synton Syrinx synthesizer
The Vince Clarke Analogue Monologues – RSF Kobol
The Analogue Monologues is a new series of mini video documentaries. In each webisode Vince talks about one his analogue synths and explains where the on/off switch is. This series proves, once and for all, that he really doesn’t know much about anything (a must see!).
Sign-up to the Vince Clarke mailing list if you want to receive news of the next Analogue Monologues webisode…
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On line magazine MusicRadar has released an short interview with Vince Clarke, read it below:
Everyone reading this will know the name Vince Clarke, be it through his Depeche days, Yazoo years, The Assembly age or the ever ongoing Erasure era.
He is almost entirely responsible for a web of genres, still very much alive and well in 2011. Erasure havesold over 25 million records, and continue to be a household name 26 years after their formation.For the latest album, Clarke was working out of a synth paradise in Maine, New England and alongside Frankmusik in LA. Future Music spoke to Vince about changes in studio technology and the Erasure live show.
We love your Analogue Monologues at vinceclarkemusic.com. Was there ever a time you thought of taking all your kit on the road?
“Well, we used to but it was a nightmare. About six or seven years ago, I decided I would digitise the multi-tracks and record them into Logic to use live. We recorded individual tracks and I’d make my own stems from Logic.”
Is that what you’re using today?
“Yeah, Logic is running everything in real-time, all at the right tempos. For some stuff I’ve re-recorded the parts, just because I didn’t really like the original and there was timing discrepancies because it was the early days of sequencing. So I’ve corrected all that too. For Yazoo, because it was so early, I cut up every single sixteenth of a bar, of every sound, of every track and moved it back into time.”
Do you use Logic in the studio too?
“Yeah I use it in the studio – we’re making a new album at the moment and we demo everything in soft synths and then I convert all of the sounds to analogue with my synths.”
So what’s on the record will be 100% analogue?
“Well 50%. I’m working with Frankmusik at the moment, he’s a digital guy. Most of the drums are his samples and whether they’re digital or analogue I’ve no idea, but they sound great. I’m more interested in the music. I was using soft synths for a long time and was thinking they sounded pretty good but now that I’ve got my studio and can do an A-B comparison, it’s an incredible difference.”
Which soft synths are you into?
“I like all the soft synths that emulate old stuff, the Moogs, modular synths, [u-he] ACE is great but it’s still not as good. It’s the classic argument with CDs versus vinyl and I have a very good record player and if I listen to Dark Side of the Moon on vinyl and listen to it on CD, the vinyl is another level. It’s the same with analogue versus digital. Having said that, digital is so useful for writing and remixing. It’s immediate and it stays in tune. I use some of the Logic synths too, the ones that come built in. But at the end, for the fi nal recording, I’ll use my analogue synths and it’s the same on the new album.”
How did you end up working with Frankmusik on the new record?
“Well we were talking to a lot of people really, but he was just really enthusiastic and is a bit of a fan. We got on quite well, and I’m a fan of his work too. He’s so fast. It’s really nice to work with someone who’s young and that enthusiastic. Those are the best types of producers to work with – not the people that know everything, but the people that really love it. That’s an inspiration for me.”
The monthly Beatport remix contests are a chance for producers out there to show their skills. This time Erasure and their song ‘I lose myself’ is ready to be remixed.
Here’s all the details from the Beatport website:
Ready to get lost in the music? Beatport is proud to announce Erasure’s “I Lose Myself” remix contest, featuring the pumping electro-disco single from the band’s new album for MUTE, “Tomorrow’s World.”
If you a resident of US, EU, Switzerland, Iceland, or Norway, this is your chance to collaborate with two of synth-pop’s veritable icons, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (himself a founder of Depeche Mode and Yazoo), along with the pop producer Frankmusik; and the parts to the single lend themselves to a vast array of remix possibilities, from filthy dubstep to stadium-grade electro house.
The winning remix will rack up over $5000 in prizes including a TRAKTOR Scratch Pro 2, TRAKTOR S2, Novation Launchpad, Ableton Live 8, Elektron Octatrack, iZotope Stutter Edit, Sounds To Sample Elements Library and $200 in Beatport credits. The MUTE label team will narrow down their selections to 10 finalists; those 10, along with Beatportal’s top 10 community-voted remixes, will then move on to the final round, with Erasure themselves selecting the grand-prize winner.
The submissions process begins on October 25, and the window for entries closes on Monday, November 11 10.00PM MST. Download the remix parts to get started.