Depeche Mode has released the remix EP for Where’s the Revolution ahead of the March 17th album launch for Spirit. What do you get? The original version of Where’s the Revolution, of course, and 4 additional remixes. Just like any collection of remixes, you’ve got hits and you’ve got misses. Thankfully the hits justify the $4.99 price tag.
We’ve all heard the title track so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on it. It’s a great lead single and it has certainly helped boost interest in Spirit, which is what it was supposed to do. The first remix we get to is a Violator nostalgia piece by producer Ewan Pearson. It hits all the right Personal Jesus notes while still allowing Where’s the Revolution to have its own space. It’s a brilliant remix and probably one of the best Depeche Mode renderings not done by DominatrixRMX. Next we get get a darkwave Algiers Remix, which proves that the band is aware of the presence and popularity of synthwave in the electronic community. It’s another remix worth the entry price and it’s really cool to hear Depeche Mode through a synthwave filter. The Terence Fixmer Remix isn’t nearly as interesting at the first two tracks and doesn’t really add anything to the song I wanted to hear. It’s more EDM than anything, and if you haven’t noticed already, I don’t post about EDM. Why? I don’t care for it. The last remix is by Autolux, and it’s a bit of a throwaway as well. It’s a trippier, more ambient version of the song…again, not my cup of tea but I’m sure there are those out there that will enjoy it.
As I said when I started, you know before you buy it that you’re not going to like all the remixes. You know this before buying any remix cd. The Ewan Pearson and Algiers remixes steal the show, with the Ewan Pearson remix being my favorite version of the song I’ve heard so far. If you’re a die-hard fan this is a no questions purchase. For casual fans you might be better off sticking with the album once it hits, though iTunes does let you buy individual tracks (and if you go that route, the two I highlighted are sure winners!).