Published May 13, 2016While Vincent Clarke is still logging plenty of hours with Erasure, the electro-pop icon has an affinity for branching off every once in a while to start a new project. Last time around, he teamed up with fellow Depeche Mode founder Martin Gore as VCMG, but he's now linked up with former Orbital member Paul Hartnoll for a full-length collabo.
Billing themselves Clarke:Hartnoll, the new duo will deliver a debut album titled 2Square on June 10 through Very Records. It's noted in a press release that Clarke had reached out to Hartnoll to make some music, which was tracked at the latter's home studio in Brighton.
The eight-song release is said to work within the duo's newly coined "home house" genre, a synth-and-sample-heavy sound "you can dance to in the privacy of your own living room." The record is said to merge aspects of Erasure and Orbital, offering up "an electronic mishmash of cut-up vocals, infectious house grooves, and blippy, distorted synths."
Hartnoll explained of the direction in a statement: "Between us we've chalked up more than 50 years of making electronic dance music, we're both Dads, and it was time to hold out the hand of collaboration and help each other up onto the dance floor to dance as only Dads can."
You can hear a smidgen of the set via a video for first single, "Better Have a Drink to Think." The clip, full of various movie clips and clap-happy dance beats, can be found below, along with 2Square's tracklisting.
1. Better Have A Drink To Think
2. Zombie Blip
3. The Echoes
5. The Shortcut
6. Single Function
7. All Out