Depeche Mode
Remixes 2: 81-11



by DutchDevotee USER (7 Reviews)
December 14th, 2011 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A collection of classic and new remixes from DM for fans of both the band and remixes in general.

What can you say about a remix album. Normally I wouldn't. Because, well let's face it, most remix albums suck. But what if it is an album of a band that changed the way we look at remixes?

For those of you that don't know, remixes originate from the early eighties when the 12" began to emerge. Bands themselves provided alternative and mostly extended versions of their own songs. Depeche Mode did that as well, and with great results I might add. The reinvented their own songs with alternative (i.e. Love in Itself 4) and extended versions (i.e. Get The Balance Right [Combination Mix]). And then in 1984 Adrian Sherwood created Are People People? from People are People. So an outsider to the band created a new version, or better yet: a new song, from a DM-classic.

This was the start of involvement of more outsiders taking on the task of remixing and recreating songs from DM. And others followed this trend, culminating in the current practice where almost every single by every artist is being remixed in one way or another.

In 2004 DM released their first remix collection, which showcases the evolution of the remix within the DM back catalogue. The new remix collection (Remixes 2: 81 - 11) walks a slightly different path. It focusses more or less on the songs from the last decade, without forgetting great older remixes like my all time favorite song Fly On The Windscreen (Death Mix) from 1985, Only When I Lose Myself (Dan The Automator Mix) from 1998 and the excellent instrumental Slowblow (Darren Price Mix) from 1997. It also contains 14 new remixes and some slightly older ones that were hard to get such as The Darkest Star (Monolake Remix) from 2006.

The new remixes contain a great variety. The single from this album is the Stargate remix of Personal Jesus, which I think is so so. Much better are the takes of Sie Medway-Smith and Alex Metric on the same song. But there are better remixes still. My favourites are Leave In Silence (Claro Intelecto 'The Last Time' Remix), Puppets (Röyksopp Remix) and I Want It All (Roland M. Dill Remix). But the other new remixes aren't far behind.

Special attention must be given to Behind The Wheel (Vince Clarke Remix) and In Chains (Alan Wilder Remix). For those who don't know: Vince and Alan are ex-members of the band. They never did anything regarding the band after the left, but now they are back. And how! Vince remixes the 1986 classic Behind the Wheel with his own poppy take on music, making it into a great floorfiller. Alan transforms the opening song from the 2009 album Sound of the Universe into a Recoil song. I love them both.

So for those with any interest in Depeche Mode and / or remixes, try this album. It will not disappoint you!

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December 14th 2011


Was thinking about getting this a while back...Perhaps I will now.

Digging: Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

December 15th 2011


Album Rating: 2.0

I wouldn't bother if I were you, bloc. The first remix compilation is definitely worth getting if you get the special 3-disc edition, some of the remixes on that like the Rex The Dog mix of Photographic are fantastic.

This one didn't really interest me, I got bored of it very quickly, and although stuff like the Alan Wilder remix of In Chains is great, I think 4.5 is massively overrating it. Still, welcome to the forum, DutchDevotee, always good to have another DM fan on board

December 15th 2011


Gah, too late! I already downloaded it : )

That other remix album of theirs is a bit hit-or-miss for me too, but might as well give this a shot too.

December 15th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Some of my favorite Depeche Mode tracks are missing : (

December 17th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@ Acanthus: That could very well be, since this remix collection focusses on the DM-songs of this century. Perhaps the first remix album (81-04) is more to your liking.

December 17th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

True, sometime I might have to look into them.

December 17th 2011


Cant, you definitely need to check out the 81-04 comp.

August 30th 2013


Hearing Alan's remix of "In Chains" makes me dream about how Depeche would sound if he were still in
the band. I know, it's pointless; and I still love Depeche without him because of Dave and Martin

But damn... Alan leaving is the worst thing that has ever happened to them as a band

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