• GUO

  • HAAi

  • The Acid

  • Molly Millions

    Molly Millions

  • Plastikman

  • New Order

    New Order

  • Lost Under Heaven

    Lost Under Heaven

  • A Certain Ratio

    A Certain Ratio

  • Goldfrapp

    Goldfrapp

  • Lee Ranaldo

    Lee Ranaldo

  • Nicolas Bougaïeff

  • Daniel Avery

  • nonpareils

    Nonpareils

  • Daniel Blumberg

  • Chris Liebing

    Chris Liebing

  • ShadowParty

    ShadowParty

  • K Á R Y Y N

    K Á R Y Y N

  • The Pop Group

    The Pop Group

  • Liars

    Liars

  • Ben Frost

    Ben Frost

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Voice Of America

  • Apparat —
    Candil de la Calle

  • Non —
    Back to Mono

  • Swans —
    The Glowing Man

  • Erasure —
    Love You To The Sky EP

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    The Living Legends

  • VCMG —
    SSSS

  • Diamond Version —
    EP. 1

  • Mick Harvey —
    Delirium Tremens

  • Can —
    The Singles

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Live At The Lyceum

  • Big Deal —
    Talk

  • Cold Specks —
    Hector

  • New Order —
    Complete Music

  • Laibach —
    ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

  • Cabaret Voltaire —
    Cabaret Voltaire 1974-76

  • Erasure —
    A Whole Lotta Love Run Riot

  • Liars —
    Brats

  • New Order —
    People On The High Line

  • Ben Frost —
    Threshold Of Faith

  • Moby —
    This Wild Darkness

  • Fever Ray —
    IDK About You

  • Daniel Avery —
    Slow Fade

  • Fever Ray —
    Wanna Sip

  • Moby —
    Like A Motherless Child

  • Fever Ray —
    To The Moon And Back

  • Liars —
    Staring At Zero

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Moroccan Mountains

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Thrown Over The Wall

  • Liars —
    Cred Woes

  • Ben Frost —
    Threshold Of Faith

  • ADULT. —
    Uncomfortable Positions (feat. Lun*na Menoh)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    New Thing

  • Erasure —
    World Be Gone

  • Erasure —
    Love You To The Sky

  • Can —
    Dizzy Dizzy (The Singles Pt. 2)

  • Can —
    She Brings The Rain (The Singles Pt. 1)

  • Lee Ranaldo —
    Circular (Right As Rain)

  • ADULT. —
    We Are A Mirror (feat. Douglas J McCarthy)

  • Lift To Experience —
    Falling From Cloud 9

In memory of Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson

31 July 1963 – July 2020

There have been many times over the years that Denise Johnson came into our Mute lives, the first time professionally was when Primal Scream supported Depeche Mode in 1994 – that big beaming smile lighting up all of the arenas, even from backstage – but it was in 2015 that a pattern started to emerge. A repeated phrase could be heard in the Mute office, “Who’s doing that vocal, it’s amazing!” after New Order’s Music Complete started a series of entries by Denise into Mute’s history and she became a part of the Mute family. She permeated A Certain Ratio’s releases and live performances and her collaboration with ShadowParty, ‘Present Tense’, the track that she wrote with the band, is a beautiful piece of perfect pop and one that she was very proud of. 

With A Certain Ratio, on tours that just seemed to multiply each year, she would light up the room as soon as she stepped on the stage, and when she took on the vocal to ‘Lucinda’ on their last tour, jaws dropped. 

Knowing Denise professionally is one thing, but getting to know Denise personally was a huge honour. There was never a time that any one of us wasn’t greeted with that huge beaming smile and hug. She made everyone around her feel at ease, feel happy and want to have some fun. Her generous spirit welcomed everyone, often with a bottle of rum! So loving, and with such a wicked and cheeky sense of humour – that’s Denise. We’ll miss her dearly, but are forever thankful for the impact she made on our lives with her infectious warm personality and the contribution she made to Mute with that voice and that passion. 

It’s fitting that the key line she delivers with such heartfelt passion on New Order’s ‘Plastic’, is “so special”, because she was, so, so special. 

Thank you, Denise. Our love always, 

Mute

Listen to some of Denise’s wonderful work on this playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7CAXVlnLjuBn3pNmvZBuag?si=3AQtLHC-SYKmd8iiDTtwWw