The venerable UK pair have an album for Mute in the pipeline, representing their first work together since 1981.
"I've been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music and I got really intrigued by all the sounds," says Clarke. "I realised I needed a collaborator... so it occurred to me to talk to Martin." The resulting project is going under the name VCMG and represents the first time the pair have worked together since 1981, when Clarke was a member of Depeche Mode. "Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, 'I'm interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?'" recalls Gore. "This was maybe a year ago. He said, 'No pressure, no deadlines,' so I said, 'OK’."
The collaboration was reportedly realised remotely, with Clarke and Gore sending each other parts back and forth via email. Leading up to the as yet untitled album (to be released in spring 2012), an EP, EP1/ SPOCK, that will feature remixes from Edit-Select, Regis, DVS1 and XOQ, an alias of Californian producer Überzone/ Q, who mixed the VCMG album.
01. Spock - Album version
02. Spock - Edit Select Remix
03. Spock - Regis Remix
04. Spock - DVS1 Voyage Home Remix
05. Spock - XOQ Remix
EP1/SPOCK will be released via Beatport on November 30th, and will be available via all other digital platforms on December 12th, with a 12-inch following on December 19th.