Freelove is the third single off of Depeche Mode's Tenth Album of original music: Exciter. And Flood, the guys who helped make Violator (DM's seventh original album) such a huge success, are back, doing the single mix of this great song (my favorite, off of Exciter). This U.S. CD single, contains a total of six tracks, including four different remixes of Freelove. The Flood Mix is just beautiful, and much shorter than the original version (3:59). But much of the original is still intact. A different background mix is used while a beatbox machine is also included. Very very danceable. Truly another work of art from Flood. Nice work guys. Besides the Flood mix, you get the DJ Muggs remix which turns the piece into more of a rock 'n roll song. The Bertrand Burgalat remix (who's members also worked on a remix for the Dream On single) gives Dave's voice an echo and some bits of feedback that clear up hear and there. Kinda reminded me of one of those big dance numbers you see on TV, with a bit of a 70's feel. Strange, but interesting. Then there's the Schlammpeitziger "Little Rocking Suction Pump" version (say that 10 times fast :-)which mixes it up with many different electronic sounds, but mostly using and reusing the chorus part from the original version. The only thing Dave sings throughout the whole song is: "And I'm only here". That's it. Out of all of them, the Flood remix is the best. Also included is a new instrumental song from Martin Gore, entitled: Zenstation. Two versions are given: the Original version & Atom's Stereonerd Remix. The original version has a slow yet irratic flavor, almost a strange kind of japanese ala electronica, with some strange familiarity, in some ways, to Little 15. Although it's an instrumental, Martin does add some harmoney backgrounds of his very own to it. The second version has more of an electronic urban feel to it, with spiratic bits of electronic added to Martin's harmonies, along with a steady heavy bass. You'll notice through much of the track a feeling of it being turned on and off, which actually works in sync. Quite an interesting remix.All in all, this is a very enjoyable CD single to listen to. And unlike the UK, which has to split singles that run long onto two CDs for some strange reason, the US version is all on one disc. For those interested, check out the DVD Single of Freelove, which although is a bit pricey, contains live tracks from the Exciter tour concert in Philadelphia back in June of 2001.
Track Listing:(1. Freelove (Flood Mix) 3:59 (2. Freelove (DJ Muggs Remix) 4:24 (3. Zenstation (Non-Album Track) 6:24 (4. Freelove (Bertrand Burgalat Remix) 5:27 (5. Freelove (Schlammpeitziger "Little Rocking Suction Pump" Version) 6:50 (6. Zenstation (Atom's Stereonerd Remix) 5:35