Depeche Mode ‎– The Darkest Star

Mute ‎– XL12BONG37, Mute ‎– 0094635820614
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Limited Edition

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Commercial extra limited 12" single

Catalog# appears on center stickers: XL12Bong37
Catalog# appears on sleeve spine: XL12BONG37
Catalog# from the runout groove: PXL12BONG 37

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 94635 820614
  • Barcode (Scanned): 094635820614
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): PXL12BONG37 A-1 MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA): PXL12BONG37 AA-1 MPO

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PXL12Bong37, 0094635595611 Depeche Mode The Darkest Star(12", Single, Ltd, Promo) Mute, Mute PXL12Bong37, 0094635595611 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode The Darkest Star(CDr, Single, Promo) Mute none UK 2006 Sell This Version
XL 12BONG37 Depeche Mode The Darkest Star(CDr, Promo) Mute XL 12BONG37 UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Depeche Mode Darkest Star (Monolake RMX)(File, MP3, 320) EMI, Novamute none 2006


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September 18, 2013

One of the greatest remixes of all time (and one of the most difficult to track down!!). So twisted and beautifully demented.


August 6, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

The Darkest Star (Holden Dub) is a masterpiece, intelligent and functional and it didn't get the attention it deserves...

March 14, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Music from the future. James Holden shows us that he lies way ahead of time, making brilliant futuristic music. For me the dub remix is the best song on this vinyl, with a deep minimalistic feeling. Both remixes are superb and should be ranked as some of many Holden highlights. Thanks to Depeche Mode and James Holden for making this.
This is perfect music. 5/5


January 31, 2007
edited over 8 years ago

Wow what a nasty nasty record. The remix side has a very unique sound, even for Holden. It has a danceable bass-heavy rhythm driving it and this very catchy, clicking percussion loop that is very infectious. "Tick-a-ti-tick, Tick-i-ti-tah...". Added is the relentless bass throbs. Towards the end of the track Holden builds to unbelievable intensity with noise tactics but its done very well. I would venture to say that this is the best use he's ever made of his new experimental sound. If you play this in a big room prepare to see people's jaw drop. Even the Dub side is excellent. It sounds like some of the early Border Community releases before they went 100% experiemental. I'm so pleased with this entire album I wish I had bought it sooner.


January 6, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

The record is simply evil. Imagine Dave Gahan damned for all eternity and singing a dark lullaby in effort to lure you down to his private suite in Hell... add several layers of dark ethereal, minimal, house and that is what the holden remix sounds like. The Dub is a bit less accessible, but good. James Holden definately improved an already great song.


January 6, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

James Holden does his magic in this outstanding remix. He turns "The Darkest Star" into a brooding spooky progressive minimal monster, which could easily be a soundtrack to some Dracula movie. Dave Gahan's slowed-down vocals are absolutely unbelievable and just add to the dark atmosphere of the remix. Stunning highlight of both Depeche Mode and Holden carreers.
Dub on the flip-side isn't as appealing though, it's less atmospheric and focuses more on glitchy minimal production. However, the complex structure of the track is definitely not to be missed.