12th March 2012
CD, vinyl+CD, download & streaming
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VCMG release one of 2012’s most anticipated musical collaborations with the album ‘Ssss’, out on Mute on 12 March 2012.
It marks the long awaited reunion of electronic pioneers Vince Clarke (Erasure/ Yazoo/ Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode), who have joined forces for the first time in over thirty years to craft a 10-track album which demonstrates their mutual love of electronic music.
After initial tentative discussions, and a meeting at Short Circuit presents Mute festival in London, where they both performed, these two influential musicians and songwriters worked in a typically unique way. Clarke and Gore worked alone in their respective studios, communicating only via email and exchanging files until the album was ready. The album includes the recent 12” EP1 / Spock, described by The Quietus as “one of the best tracks of 2011”, plus the forthcoming EP 2 / Single Blip.
‘Ssss’, written and produced by Vince Clarke and Martin L. Gore, was mixed by Timothy “Q” Wiles, recorded and engineered by Sie Medway Smith and Vince Clarke and mastered by Stefan Betke (aka Pole).
Full remix details for EP2 / Single Blip, the follow up to EP1 / Spock – out now on 12” / download and featuring remixes by Edit-Select, Regis, DVS1 and XOQ – will follow.
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03th February 2012 16th March 2012
Vinyl & digital
SHRUBBN!! have been around for a cool 15 years … and that’s exactly how long we have been waiting for this particular beauty: their debut album. After all, buddies Ulli Bormans (aka SCHIERES) and Marco Haas (aka T.RAUMSCHMIERE) prefered to sling out the odd SHRUBBN!! track on different, almost forgotten labels whenever they felt like getting it together. Now, the duo surprise and delight us with a veritable gem of a record. Their long distance debut ECHOS follows an upbeat scientific credo of art for text. Pushing the computer aside, Ulli and Marco crafted fourteen pulsating, deep and dubby tracks caught up between ambient and beats – a thick, full sound, a call of the deep with plenty of passion for reverb and bass.
Numbering the tracks (instead of real titles) simply made sense as they follow the logic of a meandering session or, rather, a true exploration, executed with plenty of exactitude. And this time around, it’s all in the detail, starting with the release format: for ECHOS, SHRUBBN!! say no to the prevalent CD format in favour of a truly stunning vinyl edition – a pleasure for both ears and eyes.
Together with Berlin video experts TRANSFORMA, the duo also came up with a clever live concept that translates SHRUBBN!!’s music to imagery (for a quick glimpse of this aesthetic tour de force, take a peek at TRANSFORMA’s crisp cover art). And the latter have been busy carving their own niche in the world of art – slow and steady, yet entirely uncompromising – with works ranging from APPARAT’s stunning club set to their own music film SYNKEN and countless of concepts or performances for landmark festivals like Club Transmediale. Backed by this inspired gang, SHRUBBN!! now give us an overall oeuvre of darkest imagery and heavy sounds bathed in ominous crashing waves.
P. S.: Look out for their one-sided pre-release 12” of ECHOS (Shitkatapult) remixed by THE ORB – it’s a full-force adventure of a track based on SHRUBBN!!’s entire album, courtesy of ALEX PATERSON and THOMAS FEHLMANN.
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5th December 2011
12″ & digital
Approaching the end of the year, pole presents another spacey and heavy bass 12 inch. Two melancholic, quiet tracks full of crackles and endless space, made for this winter.
It seems that the warmth of these two tracks is glancing around a corner of a cold urban wall, just to say: “Soon, and it will be summer again.”
In contrast to the first 12 inch “Waldgeschichten,” with its use of full chords, this new production is marked by its use of spaces, which seems to expand until they collapse and enfold the listener.
This is the second 12 inch by pole, one of a new series of releases called “Waldgechichten” which will end in a CD release in 2012.