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VCMG, Ssss

Electronic music legends Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) have reunited after 30 years as VCMG, carefully crafting a minimal techno masterpiece.
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By Lori Kennedy

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Electronic music legends Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure) and Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) have reunited after 30 years as VCMG, carefully crafting a minimal techno masterpiece. Ssss is high-energy, buzzed-out synth bliss that’ll create a sweaty, glowstick-wielding party on the dance floor. “Zaat” volleys ping-pong, repetitive beats with quick, fuzzy synth stabs. The beat drops out momentarily about four minutes in, giving you time to catch your breath. “Bendy Bass” bends low enough to throttle your subwoofers. “Recycle” and “Flux” made me smile—the former has an early Depeche vibe while the latter feels very Yazoo. Ssss has coherence, yet each track easily stands on its own. Other standouts include “Lowly,” “Single Blip,” and “Aftermaths.” (mute.com/artists/vcmg)