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The Quietus , November 30th, 2011 07:37

Vince Clarke and Martin L Gore techno collaboration now online!

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Last week, the Quietus office was thrilled to hear for the first time one of the best tracks of 2011. It came in the form of 'Spock', Vince Clarke and Martin L Gore's first collaboration since Clarke left Depeche Mode back in 1981. Is it worth a three decade wait? Hell yes, says us.

'Spock' is 5.42 of nigh-on perfect techno, delicious builds and judicious amounts of snide fizz making it pop as futurist in the autumn of 2011 as the duo's last work together, Speak & Spell, probably seemed back in the autumn of 1981. Listen below. The 'Spock' EP (Mute), which is available exclusively at Beatport here from this afternoon, also features remixes from Edit-Select, DVS1, XOQ and Regis, who twists 'Spock' with an industrial scowl. VCMG will release an album in 2012.

VCMG - Spock [Quietus Exclusive] by Mute UK

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Nov 30, 2011 1:14pm

Thudding and squelchy. Good.

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Nov 30, 2011 1:23pm

That could have been done by anyone with a drum machine and a keyboard. Nothing particularly MG or VC about it.

Let’s get a Counterfeit 3 in the works.

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Nov 30, 2011 1:39pm

In reply to Kaleid100:

I agree - not really hearing much unique about it. I'm wait to hear what regis has done to it though.

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Dec 1, 2011 4:53am

Pretty cool, a solid effort I'd say. They're not breaking new ground but if you've read about the project, that wasn't the point. For this it seems they're two music lovers who wanted to make a techno album. I've no problem with that, and either should you. I'll fork over the coin for it.

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Jason Ward
Dec 1, 2011 5:32am

This is exactly what I was hoping to hear form the 2 of you. There is a future to this colab!

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uncle 23
Dec 1, 2011 1:02pm


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Nelio Martins
Jan 10, 2012 5:51pm

After reuniting Yazoo, this is what was missing to Vince Clarke! I think it's great idea! ;-)

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