After Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode high and dry in 1981, no one would have guessed he and the man who succeeded him as the band’s primary songwriter would ever collaborate again. Yet Clarke and Martin Gore are releasing new material together, under the name VCMG. The two technopop icons never shared a studio,collaborating mainly via internet. Still, this marks a monumental development for Depeche Mode fans, hardly two years after Clarke’s replacement, Alan Wilder, joined Depeche onstage for the first time in 16 years. Clarke, of course, has made a name for himself in Yazoo, the Assembly, and Erasure. Here is “Spock”, the title track of VCMG’s first EP, which released December 12 last year. As Clarke and Gore have promised, it is an instrumental dance track that reflects its creators’ interest in minimal European house. The full VCMG album is slated for release this month.
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