I’m a massive Depeche Mode fan but have always been disappointed by their reMixes, or rather their choice of reMixers. From about 1990 onward they just seemed to pick self-indulgent Techno artists who wouldn’t know a tune if it hit them in the face. But after the blisteringly good ‘Personal Jesus 2011’, especially the Alex Metric reMix, I am very excited about the forthcoming ‘reMixes 2: 81-11’ album.
Just looking at the line-up of talent is like a breath of fresh air as far as Depeche Mode reMixes are concerned. We have the likes of M83, Eric Prydz, Jacques Lu Cont, Digitalism, UNKLE, Karlsson & Winnberg (Bloodshy and Avant from Miike Snow) and this track from Røyksopp.
The Norwegian duo have chosen to rework ‘Puppets’, from 1981’s ‘Speak & Spell’ and really have made it their own. It’s got that Røyksopp, cute SynthPop, sound which seems to fit the original’s vocals more than the original track, if that’s possible. If this, alongside the Personal Jesus 2011 tracks, is the standard of reMixes on the album than we are in for a treat indeed!
‘reMixes 2: 81-11’ is released 6th June on MuteReprise.
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