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.
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
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.
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.