Vince Clark (Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) have not made any music together since 1981. It took them three decades for their creative reunification. In comparison, the wall between East- and West Germany only existed for 28 years. Hence, it’s a historically meaningful occasion, when VCMG celebrate their common love for techno on »Ssss«. In addition, the two of them simply make awesome music together. Especially since they can rely on more than thirty years of practical experience. They have played a crucial part in pop-history and therefore know how to make the most of it. The record is a kaleidoscope of various influences: Every song is shaking up the glittler-confetti again, creating a new interplay of forms and shapes. Amongst the sound-references, there are endless little nerd-hints, which only hardcore electronicists will be able to decipher. One sample from there, a kick from so-and-so, a melody from elsewhere and a synth from another – decoding the record is so much fun that it would be unfair to any fan of electronic music to actually name the references here. But just so that those who don’t stand knee deep in techno have an idea, here are some well-known influences to the album: Faithless, Flat Eric, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, U96, Depeche Mode (of course!) and many more. When you subtract the poppy mainstreamness and add some raw thoroughgoingness, you’ll get a picture of what »Ssss« is all about!