Gesaffelstein has a way of taking dark songs and plunging them deeper into the shadows. On his latest remix release, the French producer strips Depeche Mode‘s latest single of its bluesy instrumentation and replaces it with a plodding industrial beat and minimal atmospheric flourishes. Gesaffelstein leaves his trademark in the thoughtful phased synthesizers that accentuate the impact of key vocal phrases. The overall effect transforms the track from a straightforward lament by singer Dave Gahan into something significantly more desperate and ominous in tone, perfectly complementing the desolate candor of the lyrics.
Steve Angello and Jacques Lu Cont team up to take on Depeche Mode’s “Soothe My Soul,” the first single off the iconic band’s latest artist album. With Jacques fresh off the release of “Tracques” and Angello once again finding his footing in the less commercial side of house music, the pairing transform the Depeche Mode original’s bluesy aesthetics into a harrowing synth-driven anthem. Framed around Dave Gahan’s raspy vocals – “There’s only one way to soothe my soul” – Steve and Jacques augment the melancholic atmosphere with a rousing four-to-the-floor beat, gritty guitar riffs, and scintillating melodic sections, effortlessly creating another track worthy of both artist’s esteemed back catalogs.
Acclaimed producers Steve Angello and Jacques Lu Cont have been called upon to remix “Soothe My Soul” off Depeche Mode’s most recent artist album. The arrangement of these iconic names has contrived a release that is nothing short of a dance floor masterpiece. Steve and Jacques build upon the original track’s percussion and bassline to form an anthemic progressive house outing. In praise, Angello told Rolling Stone that “”Depeche Mode and Jacques Lu Cont are heroes to me, so when the opportunity came, there was not a single doubt in my mind.” The track will be released exclusively through Beatport on May 6th.
While the electronic music world buzzes along with the SXSW chatter in Austin (with an ear to the ground for everything and anything Daft Punk), another group has announced a world tour and highly anticipated return to North America. Depeche Mode will begin traveling the globe this May in support of their forthcoming album, Delta Machine, and will perform in North America — their first such tour since “Tour of the Universe” in 2009.
After selling over 100 million records worldwide and being named one of the “50 bands that have changed the world,” it is safe to say that Depeche Mode is one of the most influential acts in electronic music. Full list of international tour dates below the break.
Last we heard from Tom Staar & Kryder they were remixing Afrojack’s “Can’t Stop Me Now,” but this time around they’re taking it back to 1990 with Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence.” Their acid house rave spin on the track features big room synths that overwrite the original’s melody plus an electro bassline. Tom Staar & Kryder’s remix of the track is available for free download exclusively through Dancing Astronaut. Grab your copy below.