Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Track Of The Day: Depeche Mode - 'You Should Be Higher (Little Vampire Remix)'

Back in March of this year, I reviewed Depeche Mode's 13th studio album 'Delta Machine', noting that "It doesn't imitate their imitators, in fact during its stronger moments it's more a case of the masters offering another lesson to their students. They may not be teaching them anything new, just giving them an updated example of what has been taught before..." But at the time I was a little bit let down by the fact that "like their other releases of the last decade it's bogged down by inconsistency", offering this particular track as an example... "'Should Be Higher''s slow industrial pulse and unsettling keys aren't matched by the rather average song itself...". Funny what a few plays can do, isn't it? After hearing a noticeably different version of this song on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC 6Music breakfast show a few weekends ago, I got myself a copy of the single, which is backed by a variety of different remixes. This is the Little Vampire remix, which adds a bit more energy and bite while retaining that wonderful analogue cello-type synth sound used during the bridge...

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