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MG 'The Third Chimpanzee E.P.' 2021

Martin Gore


The Third Chimpanzee E.P.


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Release date:  

29 January 2021

Record in studio:  

Electrical Ladyboy in Santa Barbara, California


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The artwork:  

Pockets Warhol

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MG "Mandrill" release 17 November 2020

Martin Gore Unleashes New Track "Mandrill"

First Taste From Forthcoming EP, "The Third Chimpanzee"

'Mandrill' is the first release from Martin Gore's forthcoming 5-track instrumental EP, The Third Chimpanzee, which is to be released January 29, 2021 by Mute. The track is a ferocious slice of electro, and, like the four other tracks on the EP, has Martin's hugely atmospheric musical trademark stamped all over it. 'Mandrill' was produced and written by Martin and recorded this year at Electric Ladyboy in Santa Barbara, California.

"The first track I recorded had a sound that wasn’t human. It sounded primate-like. I decided to name it 'Howler', after a monkey. Then, when it came time to name the EP, I remembered reading the book 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee'. It all made sense to call it that, as the EP was made by one of the third chimpanzees."

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MG "Howler" release 7 January 2021

Martin Gore releases the haunting 'Howler' today on Mute. It's taken from the forthcoming 5 track instrumental EP, The Third Chimpanzee, out 29 January 2021.

"Howler was the first track I recorded for The Third Chimpanzee EP," Martin says. "I resynthesized some vocals that almost sounded human, but not quite. That's why I decided to name the track after a monkey. I thought that would be a good theme to carry on with the rest of the tracks."

Like the entire EP, 'Howler' paints a cinematic musical landscape that sounds like a new dawn. Written and produced by Martin Gore, it was recorded at Electric Ladyboy in Santa Barbara, California.

"The first song I recorded was "Howler", and the vocals sounded a bit like a blues scream at first. When I heard it after I got rid of the synthetic sound, I had the feeling that it no longer sounds human. It's more like it came from another primate. That's why I decided to call the song "Howler"".

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Release Date: 29th January 2021

Catalogue Number: 12MUTE629

Catalogue Number: CDMUTE629

12” – Limited Edition Azure Blue Vinyl packaged in a debossed sleeve. Includes art print and hi-definition audio download.

CD – packaged in a spined wallet with inner sleeve and debossing.

The Third Chimpanzee E.P. is the brand new EP from Martin Gore, one of the founding members and primary songwriter of Depeche Mode. Over 5 brand new tracks Gore explores euphoric modular sounds and develops his career’s long relationship with electronic music. The EP follows his eponymous album MG in 2015 and SSSS, his collaboration with Erasure’s Vince Clarke for their VCMG project. The artwork was created by Pockets Warhol, a capuchin monkey based in Canada who paints for charity.

Side A.

1. Howler

2. Mandrill

Side B.

3. Capuchin

4. Vervet

5. Howler’s End


12" (12MUTE629) + DIGITAL

A (45rpm)

"Howler" 04:56

"Mandrill" 04:01

B (33rpm)

"Capuchin" 03:53

"Vervet" 08:27

"Howler's End" 02:00

Digital Download (WAV)

1. "Howler" 04:56

2. "Mandrill" 04:01

3. "Capuchin" 03:53

4. "Vervet" 08:27

5. "Howler's End" 02:00



The Third Chimpanzee

New 5 Track EP from

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features Howler & Mandrill

Limited Edition

Azure Blue Vinyl

includes Art Print

& Download Code

Side A plays at 45rpm, Side B plays at 33rpm. 12" - Limited Edition Azure Blue Vinyl packaged in a debossed sleeve Includes art print and hi-definition audio download.

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1.   "Howler" 04:56

2.   "Mandrill" 04:01

3.   "Capuchin" 03:53

4.   "Vervet" 08:27

5.   "Howler's End" 02:00


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The Third Chimpanzee

New 5 Track EP


Howler & Mandrill

Made in UK. CD - packaged in a spined wallet with inner sleeve and debossing.

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MUTE UK 25 February 2021

1.   "Howler" (ANNA Remix) 06:19

Martin Gore's 'Howler', remixed by ANNA. Anna Miranda, DJ and producer from São Paulo, Brazil.

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The Third Chimpanzee Remixed


MUTE UK 2 July 2021

1.   "Howler" (ANNA Remix) 06:21

2.   "Mandrill" (Barker Remix) 05:38

3.   "Capuchin" (Wehbba Remix) 08:44

4.   "Vervet" (JakoJako Remix) 05:27

5.   "Howler" (The Exaltics Remix) 05:30

6.   "Mandrill" (Rrose Remix) 06:57

7.   "Capuchin" (Jlin Remix) 03:28

8.   "Vervet" (Chris Liebing Remix) 09:12

9.   "Howler" (Kangding Ray Remix) 04:36

10.   "Mandrill" (MoReVoX Remix) 05:09

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Release 17 November 2020

Video directed by M-I-E (creative studio, London)

The accompanying visual is a cosmic trip through the jungle.


Release 27 January 2021

Video directed by NYSU

The accompanying visual is a cosmic trip through the jungle.



Release 17 November 2020


Release 7 January 2021


MG "The Third Chimpanzee" exclusive broadcast 28 January 2021

Join Martin on Thursday January 28th for an exclusive first listen of his brand new EP, live on Facebook.

Commencing at 3pm EST/8pm GMT/9pm CET, the full EP will be broadcast live through Martin’s Facebook page with Martin providing commentary during the stream. The Third Chimpanzee will be released digitally, on CD and on Azure Blue Vinyl the following day.

Martin Gore:

"To get the "vocal" sound, I recorded my voice and then resynthesized it. As I've mentioned before, the end result didn't sound quite human to me -- sort of like a primate relative. So, I called the track "Howler" after the howler monkeys that I've heard on many of my visits to Costa Rica.

It was only after we went into lockdown mode that I started to think about writing some more instrumentals, partly because I wasn't inspired to write lyrics.

I feel that it's especially hard to write lyrics when you barely leave the house, see anyone, or experience anything other than the same repeating day.

This track, Mandrill, was the second one I recorded.

After I had the basic beat for it, I had the idea to resynthesize more of my vocals over the track to tie it in with Howler.

For people asking about gear, the vocals were resynthesised by sending them through part of my eurorack system, specifically the Rossum Panharmonium.

From here, the concept was born -- each track would feature a manipulated vocal and would be named after a monkey.

This song, Capuchin, was the third track I recorded.

I made the bass line using one of my favourite bass tools: the RSF Kobol (expanders I and II).

But first I started out with the beat you hear here, which felt a bit fun and wonky to me

And then the rest of the sounds created sort of a sci-fi western vibe on top of it.

Maybe you hear it? Maybe not?

I don't know, I feel like whenever a writer tries to talk the audience through the artistic thought process it never goes well. Maybe these things are best left unexplained…

This song, Vervet, was the last one I recorded.

More about gear -- here again I have used the RSF Kobol, this time combined with the Frequency Central System X modules in MU format, to create the bass sound.

I'm not sure exactly where this song fits on the darkness/fun scale. What do you think? My idea of dark is a bit off at the best of times, but I feel that the events of the last few years and the isolation of the pandemic have definitely shifted my shades.

I really like the slow build of this track. And even though there are a lot of elements involved at times, they fit nicely around each other and it never sounds too claustrophobic to me.

Anyway, after finishing the music and naming each track after a different monkey, it was time to think about a name for the EP. I got inspiration from a book I read a while back called The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond.

In the book he makes the point that human and chimp genes differ so little that we should really be considered the third chimpanzee, after chimps and bonobos. And I loved the title The Third Chimpanzee for the EP as I felt the music referred to the blurred line between humans and monkeys.

And it felt especially fitting in a time when I question whether or not we are more evolved than our monkey friends on a regular basis.

For people asking about the artwork, I was struggling to come up with an idea for a while. Then, one evening, it hit me: I remembered that some monkeys paint.

I googled for a while and stumbled upon Pockets Warhol, who is a Capuchin monkey who lives at a sanctuary in Canada and he paints for recreation.

I reached out to the sanctuary via email explaining who I was and what I was planning and asked if they would be interested in getting Pockets to do the artwork for me. They got straight back to me, saying that they would love Pockets to be involved.

And I loved how this helped to blur the lines further between Humans and monkeys. The Third Chimpanzee was born.

This track closes out the EP. Howler's End is as the title suggests, the end of Howler. The music has really been stripped back to the main melody and its harmony, however.

Back to the western theme for a second, there is something about this melody that reminds me ever so slightly of Morricone soundtracks. Maybe you hear it? You don't have to.

Thanks for joining me and listening. I hope you enjoyed this little journey together!"

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