Visage: Darkness To Diamond UK CD 
- Aurora [Map Of Human Heart Extended Version]
- Loving The Alien [Invasion Remix]
- Your Skin Is My Sin [Antidote Version]
- Sax Scene
- Star City [Instrumental]
- Become [Glass Houses & Stones Remix]
- Days Become Dark [Elimination Version]
- Never [Zambon Remix]
- Before You Win [Diamond Remix]
- Seven Deadly Sins Part Three [Darkness Version]
- James Grant – Heartbleed [Visage Remix]
Gott Im Himmel! I was alerted just minutes ago by eagle-eyed commenter Gavin that the Visage remixes we all wanted from the “Demons To Diamonds” album had in fact manifested! That was the one regret that I had listening to the new album; there would be no further world-conquering remixes as “Hearts + Knives” had given us. Instead of a series of magnificent singles, we now have something that was a Visage tradition of sorts; the special remix album. They had done that with “Fade To Grey: The Singles Collection [dance mix]” back in 1983. I bought that over a decade ago and it awaits remastering in my Record Cell. And I just found out that they had done this also with a special cassette remix version of “Beat Boy” in 1984 that I don’t hold out too much hope for ever hearing in decent quality 31 years later.
The now retitled “Darkness To Diamond” sports a remixed cover and Visage crafted remixes of all ten songs from the original album. There are two instrumental mixes included; “Sax Scene” [a.k.a. “Clubscene”] and “Star City.” The rest are in-house remixes that take the songs off in delightful, but coherent tangents that maintain fidelity to the album versions we all know and love. Synths and particularly bass lines, sound thicker here and add a chewy sonic nougat to the mixes. The Moroderesque sequencers on “Become” were particularly nice, and don’t you just love the name of that mix?
The “Aurora” remix gains a lovely, subtle “Europe Endless” vibe that I just can’t get enough of. [This is how it’s done, OMD] The decidedly funkier “Loving The Alien” sports some superbad bass work from Mr. Barnacle, and harkens back to styles not heard from Visage since the lighter moments [there were a few] on “The Anvil.” The further interpolation of sinuously funky new bass lines contrasting with the synth bass already on “Your Skin Is My Sin [Antidote Version]” is overkill of a kind I could use more of! A bonus track was added, featuring the first Visage remix for another artist, James Grant’s “Heartbleed,” which gains some tasty Robin Simon guitar. So I know what I will be doing with my next discretionary budget. This CD is available to pre-order from the Visage webstore here and now. Release date on January 8, 2016
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