Sony Music Entertainment’s Depeche Mode 12″ vinyl singles project continues with the release of Exciter | The 12″ Singles on 10 June 2022.
Exciter | The 12″ Singles, a collector’s edition deluxe box set, contains eight 12″ vinyl discs presenting four singles–Dream On, I Feel Loved, Freelove, and Goodnight Lovers–with B-sides, remixes, instrumentals, acoustic versions and other recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode’s tenth studio album, Exciter, originally released in May 2001.
Three of the 12″ vinyl discs* in Exciter | The 12″ Singles are comprised of tracks first released across CD singles throughout the album campaign. Each of these new discs feature artwork reflecting the original CD single releases, to create newly compiled 12″s visually and musically complementing the initial releases. The collection includes electrifying remixes of Depeche Mode originals and the single version of “Dirt,” DM’s riveting interpretation of The Stooges classic.
Produced by pioneering British techno DJ Mark Bell, Exciter, the 21st century’s first new Depeche Mode studio album, took the group (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher) into deeper ambient electronic and acoustic territory while sharpening the pop hook edges in the sublime new songs. The Exciter campaign continued Depeche Mode’s tradition of issuing monumental 12″ singles to supplement and compliment their album releases. Exciter premiered essential new additions to the DM canon including “Dream On,” “I Feel Loved,” “Freelove,” “Goodnight Lovers” and more. The Exciter | The 12″ Singles deluxe package includes a replica of the “Dream On” promotional poster and the large format poster that came with the 12″ of Goodnight Lovers.
From their earliest days as a band, Depeche Mode have championed 12″ vinyl, embracing the format’s singular power and potential for innovation. The 12″ single allowed the band to explore new sonic possibilities while the tactile real-world beauty of physical packaging gave Depeche Mode room to develop their sophisticated and commanding design aesthetic. Depeche Mode have used their singles discography as a means of offering left field remixes, rare B-sides, standout concert performances and other exclusive delights for fans.
The Depeche Mode 12″ Singles Series will continue over coming years, with plans to release boxes containing the singles from each of the band’s albums in similar deluxe audiophile-grade collector’s editions.