Listen to Five Different Ways to Sample Depeche Mode

David Gahan of Depeche Mode performs in Rotterdam, Netherlands, October 1990. Photo: Rob Verhorst/Redferns

There are few terms in music journalism more overused than the old warhorse “return to form,” but what the hell else can you call it when Depeche Mode’s new album, Delta Machine, brings the band back to the kind of dark, trenchant sound the synth-poppers haven’t mined this successfully since 1990’s Violator — “back to big, bad, and brooding,” perhaps? Whatever you want to call it, the arrival of Delta Machine also offers an opportunity to reflect on the electronic innovations that are an integral part of DM’s 32-year recording career. Never mind all the artists they’ve influenced, even a roll call of acts who have sampled Depeche Mode tracks yields an impressive array, so here’s a five of the most intriguing examples.

1. Girl Talk, “Get It Get It”

When you’re dealing with the sample-crazy Girl Talk it would remarkable if a Depeche Mode track didn’t pop up at some point, especially in a song that samples everyone from Ice Cube to Katy Perry. But when that bubbly synth riff from DM’s 1981 milestone, “Just Can’t Get Enough,” emerges, all other samples must bow down to its irrepressible might.

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