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Electronic-music legends complete preliminary work on new album with producer Mark Bell.

Electronic-music legends Depeche Mode have completed an initial stage of recording for a new album, according to the band's official Web site. The album, as yet untitled, is their follow-up to 1997's Ultra and has no scheduled release date. Mark Bell — a member of influential early-'90s British techno outfit LFO — who has worked with Björk and Gus Gus, produced the tracks during the recent session. ...

Experimental techno producers Safety Scissors and Jake Mandell will headline a performance at New York's Knitting Factory on Friday (Sept. 1) featuring artists from the underground labels Carpark Records and Beta Bodega. Safety Scissors (born Matthew Curry) and Mandell will be joined by an eclectic and international lineup that also includes Sony Mao, Needle, V8 and Hamijama. ...

London superclub Gatecrasher will send its resident DJs — Ashley Caselle, Robbie Nelson, Scott Bond and Matt Hardwick — on a six-week U.S. tour beginning Thursday (Aug. 31) at Space in Miami. The DJs are supporting the upcoming Stateside debut of the Gatecrasher mix-CD, Global Sound System, due Oct. 31 on Epic. Other confirmed dates include: Friday (Sept. 1) at Jannus Landing in St. Petersburg, Fla.; Saturday (Sept. 2) at Cyberfest (in the Florida Convention Center) in Melbourne, Fla.; Sept. 8 (with Sandra Collins) at Nation in Washington, D.C.; Sept. 9 at Limelight in New York; Sept. 10 at Transit in Philadelphia; and Sept. 23 at the Rave in Milwaukee. ...

The Boston experimental multimedia collective Toneburst will present a reunion performance titled "Rewind," on Sept. 22 at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Featuring all the original members of the music-and-video crew, including DJ Flack, Splice, EOSS, Rupture and Moosaka, the event will also include a performance by futuristic New York wordsmiths Anti-Pop Consortium and spatial environments by Lynns, Gennlock and Snoopy, among others. ...

Tracks from hot German producer Timo Maas' upcoming album, Music for the Masses, due Sept. 25 on Hope Recordings, are available for streaming at the iCrunch microsite www.icrunch.com/timomaas. "Ubik," the DJ/producer's latest single (on Paul Oakenfold's Perfecto label), is also available to download. Accessible now is the first half of Music for the Masses, a mixed compilation of Maas' productions and remixes that includes his versions of Azzido Da Bass' "Dooms Night" and Jan Driver's "Drive By." The second half of the album, which features Maas' singles "Der Schieber" and "Riding on a Storm" along with his mix of Green Velvet's "Flash," will be available Sept. 8. ...

The mysterious London deep-house label Circulation has released a double-CD collection of tracks from its recent singles and EPs titled Colours. Label heads and producers Paul Davis and Matt Jackson have been celebrated in underground dance music over the past two-and-a-half years for their anonymously packaged Circulation releases, which are distinguished solely by their color titles. Colours compiles 20 songs, from "Cerise" to "Amber," that inhabit the territory often referred to as "tech house," fusing steady, restrained techno thumps with the warm washes and soothing melodies of house. ...

Tom Tom Club, the band founded in 1981 by Talking Heads rhythm section Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, will release The Good the Bad and the Funky, their first album in eight years, on Sept. 12. The record will include a cover of "Soul Fire" by Jamaican wild man Lee Perry, as well as Donna Summer's proto-disco classic "Love to Love You Baby." Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals joins in on the ska tune "Dangerous Dub." ...

Nigo, director of the popular Japanese clothing line A Bathing Ape, will release his debut album, Ape Sounds, on Oct. 17 on Mo Wax Records. Heavy on collaborations — including tracks with Money Mark, James Lavelle and friend Cornelius — the album adds Eastern sounds and folky elements to lazy, groovy beats. Veteran graffiti artist Futura2000 provided the album's cover art and illustrations. ...

DJs Claas and Jurgen, of the six-member Berlin DJ/production collective Jazzanova, will perform several North American shows this fall, in support of the group's long-awaited U.S. debut, The Remixes 1998–2000, which is due in November. Claas is scheduled to play eight dates beginning Tuesday (Aug. 29) in Las Vegas and ending Sept. 9 in Baltimore. Fauna Flash, who include members of Rainer Truby's Truby Trio, will share the bill with Claas Wednesday (Aug. 30) in Ottawa and Aug. 31 in Montreal. Jurgen will tour in October, though no dates have been announced yet. The four-album, two-CD Remixes features Jazzanova remixes of tracks by Azymuth, MJ Cole, Ian Pooley, Roy Davis Jr. and others. ...

Soulful Detroit techno producer Theo Parrish recently released two records on his own Sound Signature label. Sounds culls 10 tracks from Parrish's eight recent EPs on the label, while Parallel Dimensions (released under the artist name Sound Signature) is a new nine-song album heavy on slow, grinding grooves. Parrish released the LP First Floor in 1998, which was acclaimed by underground techno fans. ...

Massive Attack are recording the follow-up to their acclaimed 1998 album, Mezzanine, according to the Bristol, England, group's Web site. The group has recorded more than 85 songs and 10 hours of music. Programmer Alex Swift has replaced veteran member Mushroom (born Andrew Vowles), who left Massive Attack last year, and Neil Davidge is co-producing the album. "We want it to be different and more exciting than the last album but still carry the trademarks forward," 3D (born Robert Del Naja), who founded the group with Daddy G (born Grant Marshall), said on the site. "It could go in a lot of directions." ...

Moonshine Music has enlisted New York trance DJ Micro to mix the next volume of their new djmixed.com series. The album, due Oct. 10, features recent hits such as Paul van Dyk's "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)," featuring Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell, and BT's "Dreaming," along with underground tracks by Tall Paul and Josh Ryan. Micro, a co-founder of Caffeine Records, will be featured in the Moonshine Overamerica 2000 tour in October. ...

Dream Sequence, the 1992 album by first-wave Detroit techno producer Blake Baxter, will be reissued by the Berlin label Tresor on Sept. 5 in the United States. Also included on the record will be five new remixes of early tracks by the artist, which were featured on his recent Frequencies vinyl-only EP. Baxter's fifth album, Dream Sequence III, is due early next year on Tresor. ...

Influential UK trip-hop duo Coldcut have commenced work on a new album that likely will be released next year. "We're gathering material and working on software that will enable us to put it together in the way that we want," co-member Jonathon More said. "It could be anything from a stomping club album to an extremely weird, f---ed-up album." More and partner Matt Black formed Coldcut in the mid-'80s and gained fame for their remixes of Eric B. & Rakim and Queen Latifah, among others. The duo released the remix album Let Us Replay! last year on Ninja Tune, which they co-founded. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report