Electronic music pioneers Depeche Mode have been consistent advocates of the 12″ vinyl format since they began their storied career over three-decades ago. Since 1981 they’ve tapped a who’s who of remixers from a host of genres to reimagine their songs. With a considerable vault of material to their credit, the band have decided to re-release all of their singles on wax in the form of carefully curated audiophile-quality box sets, with audio remastered from the original tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studios in London.
According to the group, the artwork for the exterior of each of the new box sets “draws on street art iconography inspired by the original releases, while the vinyl sleeves themselves feature the original vinyl single artwork.”
The reissues begin rolling out on August 31 with Speak & Spell | The 12″ Singles and A Broken Frame | The 12″ Singles (see tracklisting below).
Depeche Mode is currently in the midst of the Global Spirit Tour, a worldwide jaunt supporting their fourteenth album, Spirit, released in 2017.
Obligatory press release gush from Depeche Mode, who recently partnered with Swiss watchmaker Hublot to raise $1.7 million for clean drinking water: “Our 12″ singles have always been incredibly important to the band. It’s great to be able to re-share these songs with old and new fans in the way they were originally intended to be experienced. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.”
Speak & Spell | The 12″ Singles (pictured top) contains a facsimile reproduction of the rare FlexiPop flexi-disc “Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead” & “King of the Flies” (the Fad Gadget track as on the original release); Dreaming Of Me 12″: “Dreaming of Me” b/w “Ice Machine”; New Life 12″: “New Life (Remix)” b/w “Shout! (Rio Mix)”; Just Can’t Get Enough 12″: “Just Can’t Get Enough (Schizo Mix)” b/w “Any Second Now (Altered)”; original single poster reproduction; download card.
A Broken Frame | The 12″ Singles contains See You 12″ (pictured middle): “See You (Extended Version)” b/w “Now, This Is Fun (Extended Version)”; The Meaning Of Love 12″: “The Meaning Of Love (Fairly Odd Mix)” b/w “Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town) (Development Mix)”; Leave In Silence 12″: “Leave In Silence (Longer)” b/w “Further Excerpts From: My Secret Garden” and “Leave In Silence (Quieter)”; original single poster reproduction; download card.
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A year ago electronic-music legends Depeche Mode released their fourteenth album, Spirit, a full-length rife with disdain for today’s fractured political climate.
With so many things going wrong in the world, the iconic group once again decided to use their celebrity to help the greater good in a modest way.
They did so by partnering for the third time with Swiss watchmaker Hublot, a relationship that dates back to 2010. Together, they released the Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode limited-edition watch (only 250 pieces were produced in 2017), then the collection of unique Big Bang Unico Depeche Mode The Singles Limited Edition watches in 2018.
Their collaboration garnered an impressive $1.7 million donation for charity: water, an organization that brings drinking water to developing countries. Funds will bring clean water to more than 50,000 people.
Review: Depeche Mode – Spirit
Martin Gore, of Depeche Mode, said of the donation: “It is with great pride that we, along with Hublot, are able to present charity: water with a check for over $1.7 million, and can bring clean drinking water to tens of thousands of people.”
While the band’s effort are certainly commendable, they’re astute enough to know that much work needs to be done: 663 million people worldwide (almost 1 out of 10) who do not have access to clean drinking water. Perhaps that fact will find a way onto a new song for their next album.
After 15 years of producing the trusted Xone:92 UK-based Allen & Heath have announced the release of Xone:96, a brand new and eagerly anticipated analog DJ mixer.
The unit boasts two dedicated FX sends, four stereo input channels with four-band EQ, two stereo inputs with all-new three-band parametric EQ, two auxiliary stereo return channels and a separate master insert for outboard FX hardware.
Obligatory press release gush from Senior Product Manager David Morbey:
“The launch of Xone:96 marks a highly significant moment for us, stemming as it does from our determination to take account of and act on feedback from the DJ community. The status of Xone:92 as an undisputed classic was something we took very seriously when developing Xone:96. It was clear that we couldn’t afford to lose its essence but also that we should seek to exceed the expectations of those who were pushing us to deliver another cutting-edge mixer. It isn’t overstating the case to say every fader, knob, button and switch has been subject to a forensic level of attention. Xone:96 is the answer to every question we were asked.”
Xone:96 will hit stores this month, with an MSRP of US$1999, €1799 and £1599.
Legendary Xone analogue design
6+2 channel layout
Dual 24- channel 32Bit/96kHz soundcards
Traktor Scratch Certified
Dual Xone VCF filters with Crunch distortion
Xone 4-Band EQ
Two independent CUE systems
innoFADER Cross Fader