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Talk about a collaboration that had to happen: Vince Clarke was the original songwriter for Depeche Mode, until he split over creative differences. While he racked up synth-pop hits with Yaz and Erasure, Martin Gore took over songwriting duties for Depeche Mode. So the long- awaited reunion is the New Wave equivalent of the Rocky/ Apollo rematch at the end of Rocky III. The two legends go for minimal electro – no lyrics, no pop hooks, just a stripped- down set of Nineties-style trans-Europe synth grooves. They revel in the dark-wave textures and autobahn beats of "Single Blip" and "Skip This Track" without any frills. For these guys, "Spock" isn't just a song title – it's an emotional stance.

Listen to VCMG's "Single Blip":

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From The Archives Issue 1152: March 15, 2012