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After 30 years of working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke (Erasure/Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) have come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release their brand new album, Ssss.

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  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0072X2NUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lowly
2. Zaat
3. Spock
4. Windup Robot
5. Bendy Bass
6. Single Blip
7. Skip This Track
8. Aftermaths
9. Recycle
10. Flux

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2012 collaboration between Electronic music pioneers Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), the first time the two have worked together since Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1981. VCMG is the fruit of initially tentative discussion and subsequent enthused collaboration where Vince and Martin, both influential as pioneers in electronic music, get to exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the Techno inspired VCMG. The writing and recording of the album was done in a typically unique way with the pair working alone in their respective studios, communicating only via email, exchanging files until the album was ready.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still relevant after all these years March 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Surely the first thing to come out of the mouths of Depeche Mode and Erasure fans when they heard that Vince Clarke and Martin Gore were working together for the first time in 30 years was "it's about time!!". We can all imagine what this album might sound like without even hearing it as 30 years is a quite stretch to make one comfortable with a band's catalog of music. We picture Clarke's signature keyboard melodies accompanied by Gore's meandering moody synths coming together to form a euphoric dance floor experience. For the most part, that's exactly what this album sounds like. Coldly funky, warmly mechanized, and irresistibly catchy, "SSSS" is in many ways the album we expect from Clarke and Gore to produce without losing a touch of creditability in regard to their respective bands.

Four beats to the floor represents the order of the day on "SSSS" with its unwavering dedication to making the club floors shake via drums and groove. The album stands stark in comparison to most Erasure albums, but Clarke's synth work is apparent on opening track "Lowly" with its retro-sounding break and repetitive nodules forming to induce a driving club track. Gore's influence seems to take a back seat on this song until the closing minute when a wave of darkwave atmospherics cloud the proceedings in a menacingly welcome way; a nice start to any album.

"Zaat" follows, and reminds the listener of Depeche's constant forays into glam stomp goodness with its crunchy synth work and slamming bass drum. It would appear this is Gore's moment, inviting memories of "A Pain That I'm Used To" into the mix, and remaining all the more compelling for it.

"Windup Robot" similarly follows this path, and emerges as a contender for the "most appropriate song title of the year" award.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, if you like techno. . . April 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on the basis of being a longtime Depeche Mode fan, and accepting that it was not going to be a Depeche Mode album. I quite like techno and other dance music, but I have to say this long-awaited writing partnership left me a bit cold. If you are a fan of stripped-down techno, buy this album. If you prefer your music with more depth, passion and. . erm. . 'dirt' in it (as I do), then dig out Violator and enjoy.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive March 31, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I didn't know what to expect when I first heard about this project. Well, they nailed it. Even if you're not a techno/trance kind of fan, this album makes it very accessible, without losing its edge, which is a tough feat to pull off. Dark, yet upbeat at the same time, and down right addictive. I've had it in constant rotation on my play lists. Lets hope they continue recording together.

Hands down, a four star album, so get it already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leave all preconceptions at the door.... March 25, 2012
By stutron
Format:Audio CD
This album was released with little fanfare considering who its two members are and the fact that it is a reunion of sorts. Martin Gore, the engine beyond Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke, the brains behind Yaz, Erasure and Depeche Mode (before Gore took the reins) have released a really, really good electronic dance music album but don't expect it to sound anything like a Depeche Mode or Erasure album. Once you move past what you expect the music to sound like and just accept the music on its terms, you will be deeply rewarded. On first listen, it sounds like your typical techno/EDM track but repeated listens give way to why these two are masters at crafting songs. EDM usually is about repetitiveness, but why this music grows on you is the way they slowly introduce new ideas to each song and musically take you on a journey through each track.

You're just going to have to wait for the next Depeche or Erasure album to get your fix but in the meantime, this is a wonderful diversion for your late night dance party, morning commute or while reading your newspaper with a good cup of coffee.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Synth. Masters March 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Dorothy and/or Toto, I definitely believe we are no longer in Démodé World, Yazoo Town, Assembly City, Erasureville, nor in The West India Company!

Where Mr. Vincent John Martin, affectionetly known as Mr. Vince Clarke and Mr. Martin Lee Gore take us we don't need any other instruments or items, just take yourself and prepare for an out-of-body experience...Please don't forget your ears!

Before I enter into my opinionated rant I would like to explain that I felt that each individual song needed to be critiqued on its own recognizance....So here goes!

Lowly - A very nice and catchy tune to introduce the album, which gives it a feeling as if the listener is in for an adventure of adventures....I felt as if I was going to watch a sci-fi movie or a mixture of Indiana Jones meets Mission Impossible meets Tim Burton meets Stanley Kubrick in a Hip-Hop Techno World.

Zaat - Second Song, Second Scene, Second Chapter. The song seems to want to be stuck in this repetitive mind-bending vortex until it kicks into second gear at the 1:30 mark and third gear at 2:00. I felt as if I was driving down a street in a rather large manual transmission car in mid-day traffic where the person goes from 1st gear, 2nd gear, 3rd gear and then stop to return to 1st gear and goes through the process again. Not until the 4:18 mark does the song go into a high gear clear road process and moves into the sunset.

Spock - Picking up from where Zaat left off, I guess the sunset was not our next destination...Space - This song has a space feel as if the listener is traveling freely through a black hole where it's safe but at the same one doesn't know what is around the corner. I felt as if I was being treated to an introduction to space by none-other than Mr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a sonic throwback of sorts, but very very polished
There's lots of really really great 80s and 90's synth sounds here and it is all very well executed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by techmannn
2.0 out of 5 stars Ssssooo so
This cd is pretty bad and uninteresting. I'm surprised Vince and Martin put this out there...this is not the quality music that I've come to appreciate from these guys over the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars VCMG gives me NRG!
Just a fantastic dance album. Really curious which parts are Vince and which are Mart since they made this album over the internet by passing the files back and forth until... Read more
Published 11 months ago by concretebaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark and Gore = magic
While not along the lines of DM or Yaz, this thumping CD takes the prize as great driving music. Techno/Dub and brilliant complex mixes (sans lyrics) show the younger generation... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brent C. Naylor
3.0 out of 5 stars not crazy about the music
2 of my very fav artists come together and was not very happy with the music at all. Shipped quickly & was brand new.
Published 15 months ago by Crys Auerbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance music for your head.
Vince Clarke and Martin Gore are familiar with each other, and their music on this disk shows it. Good rhythms and great music.
Published 17 months ago by dominick spano
4.0 out of 5 stars Playful
I love the simplicity and "retro" playfulness of this material from Vince and Martin; you get the impression that this was simply fun for the boys, and perhaps can be better... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Carvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Harmony
Some old school and some new school funky mixes that created chaos bliss you could tell which artist between the two good job Gentlemen !
Published 19 months ago by Shawn Matyi
3.0 out of 5 stars not for the techno purist
I was really excited to get this cd as I am a big fan. Vince and Martin are amazing producers, but maybe too amazing to approach what was what I thought to be an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Steve Stoll
5.0 out of 5 stars great album!
I didn't expect Martin Gore would ever work with Vince again, after Speak and Spell (1981), but after listening to this album, I hope they write more music together! Read more
Published 21 months ago by elise
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1 Lowly
2 Zaat
3 Spock
4 Windup Robot
5 Bendy Bass
6 Single Blip
7 Aftermaths
8 Aftermaths
9 Recycle
10 Flux

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