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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Depeche Mode Goes Minimal

posted by on January 30 at 2:18 AM

Last year Mute Records commissioned remixes of Depeche Mode. Minimal techno producer Ricardo Villalobos (known for his hard-partying lifestyle as much as his extended DJ sets and productions) completed a remix of “The Sinner In Me.” At this point what’s become the legend behind this remix is that the band didn’t like the remix (it is a pretty big departure from the original), so it never saw official release. There were a few promos released however, leading to the song’s play in a number of Europe’s summer festivals and the inevitable arrival on P2P networks. It’s been getting constant play in my apartment ever since I downloaded the track for “preview purposes.”

I first heard the track in the latter portion of an 18-hour New Year’s afterparty. The song stands on its own in daytime hours, but hearing it at 3am is absolutely sublime. Like a lot of minimal, the defining feature isn’t what’s there, but what isn’t. In the full thirteen minute version, it takes three minutes before the vocals kick in, and even after that point the track doesn’t vary much, lulling you in with the pairing of the subtly-shifting beat and the now-less-brooding vocals. It makes for a completely engaging listen because you feel like “it” is just a four-count away. But it isn’t, leaving the whole track as ultimately a bit of a tease, a date that never goes beyond second base.

Here’s a snippet (but get yourself a copy of the whole song for the full effect):

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the rest of the mixes commissioned at the same time as the villalobos mix are at least as good and probably better. any word on those?

Posted by crazyass | January 30, 2007 8:33 AM

i haven't heard the other mixes so hopefully someone else can comment on them.

Posted by donte | January 30, 2007 10:50 AM

So how *would* one get a copy of the whole song?!

Posted by DepecheModeTart | January 30, 2007 4:34 PM
Posted by Fawkes | January 31, 2007 2:38 AM

nice, fawkes. discogs was ambivalent regarding whether that cd was truly "in the wild."

in any case DepecheModeTart, i found the track on soulseek.

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