The synth pop format is so well worn, so ubiquitous now that it's perhaps easy to forget how rare it once was.
Amidst a music scene dominated by the punk hangover, leather jackets and power chords someone had to actually think up how to meld pop structures to electronic instruments.
Vince Clarke was certainly one of those rare pioneers. A founder member of Depeche Mode, his work with Yazoo helped to turn Alison Moyet into a star and set the flames for house music.
Steering Erasure to international success, the producer is still continuing to inspire. Obviously a fan, Oxford beatsmith Chad Valley recently invited Vince Clarke to remix one of his tracks - to the producer's obvious delight he agreed.
Initially a floaty, ethereal piece of chilled out electronics, 'Up & Down' is blessed with a beautiful vocal from Chad Valley. Seizing on this, Vince Clarke strips away the production to add his own take on distorted disco, turning the Oxford artist into something of a house diva in the process.
ClashMusic are delighted to premiere the remix - listen to it below.