[Audio] MG (Martin Gore)’s ‘Europa Hymn’

 

Martin Gore

Depeche Mode driving force, Techno enthusiast and one of our generations greatest songwriters, Martin Gore, has just announced a brand new electronic instrumental album, due out next month. The sixteen track record will be released under the MG moniker and titled the same; it was recorded post-Mode’s 2013 tour with Gore wanting to “keep the music very electronic, very filmic, and give it an almost Sci-Fi like quality,”. Check out the first taste of MG below in the form of Europa Hymn.

Europa Hymn is an evocative machine symphony. A track that combines Vangelis-esque synth swells with factors industrial percussion. Rather that this electronic experiment being harsh and moody, Europa Hymn is actually a bright and optimistic track. Gore conveys heaps of emotion in his use of dewdrop melodies and rising keys. We kinda’ wish modern Depeche Mode albums sounded more like this.

♫ MG – Europa Hymn

MG’s MG is released 27 April.

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: Heaven 17 and Depeche Mode

 

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

In light of ex-Prime Minister Margret Thatcher’s death, let’s have a couple of track that sum up Thatcher’s Britain. First, Heaven 17’s awesome Penthouse And Pavement from 1981

And Master And Servant by Depeche Mode from 1984.

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[Video] Depeche Mode’s ‘Soothe My Soul’

 

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Here’s the video for the second single from SynthPop legends Depeche Mode’s new album Delta Machine. Soothe My Soul is one of the best tracks on the record, with a real classic Songs Of Faith And Devotion vibe.

More of the albums bluesy SynthPop here accompanied by a striking black & white video.

Sooth My Soul is taken from Depeche Mode’s 13th studio album, Delta Machine. Out now

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[Video] Goin’ Old School: The Human League and Depeche Mode

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Two of our favourite bands this week, firstly the mighty The Human League with Open Your Heart from one of the greatest albums ever made, 1981’s Dare.

And Everything Counts, from Depeche Mode’s second best album, 1983’s Construction Time Again.

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[Video] Depeche Mode’s ‘Heaven’

So the big news this week, as you’ll probably guess from our Twitter and Google+ feeds, is the new single from one of our all-time faves Depeche Mode’s forthcoming 13th (and probably last) studio album Delta Machine, Heaven.

Heaven is a pretty unsurprising. An epic ElectroPop track injected with Dave and Martins blues influences The B-side, however, All That’s Mine, is a fantastic, moody, synthetic opus that harks back to late-80s Mode. Check the video for Heaven, directed by Timothy Saccenti, who revels in Depeche Mode’s religious iconography.

Depeche Mode’s Heaven is released 5th March

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Goin’ Old School: Just Depeche Mode

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

In light of Depeche Mode announcing their 2013 tour, to support a brand new album, yesterday, lets have a Depeche Mode Goin’ Old School’. Starting with People Are People from 1984.

My second favourite Depeche Mode track (the first being Strangelove, which we’ve already used on Goin’ Old School), 1985’s Shake the Disease.

And finally, because we’ve never featured it and it had to be done. 1989’s Enjoy the Silence. Easily one of the best songs ever written.

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Goin’ Old School: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark kicks off a full-on SynthPop Goin’ Old School with Enola Gay from 1980.

1983, our favourite Depeche Mode era, spawned Everything Counts.

Although not Erasure’s first single, 1986’s Sometimes was easily their breakthrough tune.

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Goin’ Old School: Depeche Mode, The Human League & Spandau Ballet

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

We’re going all SynthPop ballad’s today, starting with Depeche Mode’s Somebody, from 1984.

Next, because I like to slip a little The Human League in wherever I can, it’s 1986’s Human.

And we’ll finish up with the ultimate ‘80’s ballad. Spandau Ballet’s True, from 1983

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Goin’ Old School: Hashim, Wish Key & Depeche Mode

Kicking off with one of my all time favourite tracks Hashim’s  ‘Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)’ from 1983. Often imitated, never bested. Such an influence.

Wish Key’s ‘Orient Express’ also from 1983. Italo, ElectroPop, Euro gold.

From 1981, Depeche Mode’s ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’. The track that started it all. No matter how many adverts you’ve heard it in the original is still awesome.

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RAC reMix Depeche Mode

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OK, so,  Depeche Mode reMixes, particularly reMixes of ‘Enjoy The Silence’ are usually a sore point for us. ‘Silence’, as well as being one of the greatest songs ever written, is also one of the most reMixed and covered, and 99.9999% of the are shit. There’s barely a handful of reMixes of the track that are any good and only two covers that I can recall. So it’s actually high praise indeed when I say RAC’s rework of the tune doesn’t make me want to be violently ill.

RAC’s version has got a nice Disco groove going on. I’m not overly convinced by the horns but they do grow on you. With the synth bass and live feel to the drums they are on to a winner though. Is it better than the original? No, of course it isn’t. But it’s better than most reMixes out there.

♫ Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (RAC Mix)

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