Breathing in Fumes – An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode

Breathing in Fumes - An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode

Album facts

Release: October 1st, 2021
Label: Infacted Recordings
Discogs: Not avail­able yet

Quick rating: 4.58 ★★★★★

The best Depeche Mode tribute in 2021

2021 is appar­ently the year of Depeche Mode cov­er com­pil­a­tions. But for the band's 40th birth­day, that has to be the case. Let's see if we come up with some­thing spe­cial for the 50th in 2031.

The fol­low­ing Depeche Mode trib­ute com­pil­a­tion 'Breathing In Fumes' by Infacted Recordings is also extraordin­ary. This is not just an ordin­ary cov­er com­pil­a­tion, rather the concept is new (at least for me).  As a die hard Depeche Mode fan, you should be famil­i­ar with the name of the remix­er 'Dominatrix'. I've known Dominatrix for what feels like an etern­ity and once designed some art­work for his Kernfusion series. Unfortunately, after the clos­ure of an insider Depeche Mode for­um, we some­how lost track of each oth­er. I am a big fan of his Depeche Mode remixes and 'Dominatrix' is for me one of the best remix­ers in the DM scene.

The new cover concept

What is the concept of the cov­er com­pil­a­tion of 'Breathing in Fumes – An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode'? 'Dominatrix' has music­ally rebuilt all the songs respect­ively covered them instru­ment­ally. In col­lab­or­a­tion with Torben Schmidt from Infacted Recordings, artists were then selec­ted to add vocals to these tracks. That alone sounds like an inter­est­ing approach to me. In addi­tion, the vocal parts were sung by well-known scene bands, includ­ing Orange Sector, Lights Of Euphoria, FORM, Binary Park, Endanger, J:Dead, Michigan, Ion Javelin, The Saint Paul, Frame Of Mind and Namnamblu.


First of all, the cov­er com­pil­a­tion sounds simply fant­ast­ic! One of the strengths is cer­tainly the con­sist­ent qual­ity and strin­gency of the music. It sounds like it was forged from a single mould and I think that's really suc­cess­ful on 'Breathing in Fumes – An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode'. What I noticed while listen­ing is that you hear "new tracks" that you can sing along with right away, because the lyr­ics are famil­i­ar. Nevertheless, every song on the trib­ute com­pil­a­tion is fresh and sounds like 2021. The album art­work is also praise­worthy. If a Depeche Mode fan sees loud­speak­ers stand­ing in the land­scape, then he or she knows what to expect from the release.

I have only one cri­ti­cism to make of this almost per­fect com­pil­a­tion. I have already men­tioned this in my radar of the trib­ute com­pil­a­tion '40 Years – A Special Tribute To Depeche Mode'. Unfortunately, once again only songs from the first 13 years are on it. But the band has much more to offer than the nos­tal­gic songs of the 80s. I really hope for a sequel that will cov­er the oth­er dec­ades. Apart from that, 'Breathing in Fumes – An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode' is an abso­lute recommendation.

Tracklist of 'Breathing in Fumes – An Infactious Tribute to Depeche Mode'

  1. Stripped (feat. J:dead)
  2. Photographic (feat. Orange Sector)
  3. The Sun And The Rainfall (feat. Modular State)
  4. Higher Love (feat. Jan Veil ex-Moskwa TV)
  5. My Secret Garden (feat. Lights Of Euphoria)
  6. Leave In Silence (feat. Form)
  7. Get The Balance Right (feat. The Saint Paul)
  8. In Your Room (feat. Frame Of Mind)
  9. Black Celebration (feat. Binary Park)
  10. Ice Machine (feat. NamNamBulu)
  11. Tora Tora Tora (feat. Endanger)
  12. Somebody (feat. Form)

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Do you love 'Depeche Mode' like we do? Then you'll be inter­ested in our Depeche Mode album rank­ing in the art­icle 'What is the best Depeche Mode album of all-time?'.

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