Remixes 81–04

~ Release group by Depeche Mode

Album + Compilation + Remix

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Remixes 81·04 CD 12 Mute 0724387454620, LCDMUTEL8 0724387454620
Remixes 81···04 3×CD 12 + 12 + 13 Mute 0724387455924, XLCDMUTEL8 0724387455924
Remixes 81·04 CD 12 S.B.A./GALA Records 724356329027
Remixes 81···04: Rare Tracks Digital Media 13 Mute ZMUTEL8 [none]
Remixes 81·04 CD 12 Mute, Reprise Records 2-48781 093624878124
Remixes 81···04 3×CD 12 + 12 + 13 Mute, Reprise Records 2-48790 093624879022
Remixes 81-04 3×Digital Media 12 + 12 + 13 Reprise Records [none]
Remixes 81··04 2×CD 12 + 12 Mute, Reprise Records 2-48989 093624898924
Remixes 81·04 CD 12 BMG Rights Management (use for “BMG” logo releases since October 2008) 88883751252 888837512527
Remixes 81···04 3×CD 12 + 12 + 12 Mute ACDMUTEL8 0724387468207
Remixes 81···04 (russian bootleg?) 3×CD 12 + 12 + 13 [none]


associated singles/EPs: Enjoy the Silence 04
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Over the years, Depeche Mode have had many guises. From Basildon pin-up boy-band at the start of the 80s through metal bashing S&M funksters to stadium friendly electro/industrial rock-gods. Yet, all the while the band been fuelled by dance music and they saw the importance of the remix coming, grabbed it and started running. They developed it from a groovy seven minute diversion on the B-side into an art-form in itself; as much of a reason to buy the single as the A-side. This new compilation charts the development of the remix as much as the changing sound of the Mode.

The roll call here includes the cream of the world's best remixers from the last 20 years demonstrating both the huge influence DM have had and the respect they command. DJ Shadow, Underworld, Goldfrapp, Air, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Mike Shinoda, Danny Tenaglia, William Orbit, Timo Maas and the mighty Adrian Sherwood, they're all here.

Whilst the album is chock full of absolute classics, to modern ears some of the earlier remixes can sound a bit, well, cheesy. But just as those slightly embarrassing photos from childhood are an essential part of who we are, many of the early cuts, like the Beatmasters' take on "Route 66" are triumphs of old skool funkiness.

But don't think this compilation is just one for the DM completist; many of the newer remixes, especially those on the limited edition third CD are stunning, thumping beasts that are more than capable of introducing the Mode to a whole new audience of clubbers.

Highlights? Speedy J's "It's No Good", a barnstorming psychedelic drum & bass bliss-out; Goldfrapp's sublime "Felt-Mountain"-esque version of "Halo"; William Orbit's "Walking In My Shoes" and Rex the Dog's euro-disco "Photographic". You can almost feel the sweat drip down the walls on Club 69's hard-house "It's No Good", while Ulrich Schnauss' epic reworking of "Little 15" could easily be the closing music to the most moving film you ever saw.

Go get it, and soon!