- Audio CD (Dec 11 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, Maxi, Import
- Label: Warner Bros.
- ASIN: B00005U214
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
|1. Freelove (Flood Mix)|
|2. Freelove (DJ Muggs Remix)|
|3. Zenstation (Non-Album Track)|
|4. Freelove (Bertrand Burgalat Remix)|
|5. Freelove (Schlammpeitziger 'Little Rocking Suction Pump' Version)|
|6. Zenstation (Atom's Stereonerd Remix)|
One might have assumed from the other work Flood has mixed, that his mix of Freelove would be a returned to the more layered and dark sound of Depeche Mode. Surprisingly, Flood took the track in an even more minimalistic direction than Mark Bell's version. At the same time, the mood does come off as darker and more like DM's previous sound. The change is subtle, but nice to hear. While some people may find the difference minor and inconsequential, if you're interested in the production process of Depeche Mode's music, you will enjoy hearing it.
The B-side, Zenstation, is similar to Depeche Mode's other post-80's instrumental b-sides, like Slowblow, off the It's No Good single, Headstar from Only When I Loose Myself, or Painkiller from Barrel of a Gun. It is also similar to the track Easy Tiger from the Exciter album; in fact at first when it started playing without looking at the track list I thought it was a remix of Easy Tiger.
However, it is probably one of the best songs in this sub-category of Depeche Mode's work. Instrumentals like this tend to be fairly minimalistc and repetative, however Zenstation keeps the listener well engaged the entire time, shifting in focus periodically between synths, percussion, guitar, Martin's vocals, and even violins to pan out the duration of the song.Read more ›