Art of Noise – The FON Mixes

The FON MixesHardly a substitute for any new noise from the Art of Noise, this album is a collection of DJ mixes of various Art of Noise tunes, often mixing and matching elements from numerous pieces. It would be much more interesting if even half of the album was actually Art of Noise originated – most of it, in fact, is not. I suppose that this could be an element of house mixing that I’m not aware of – entirely possible since I got this album more for the Art of Noise element than the house music aspect, but entire tracks pass where you may hear no more than ten notes or beats that are familiar! Too much of a curiosity for all but the most diehard Noise fans, I suspect, but certainly a treat for the dance crowd. Still, the house style – no pun Rating: 3 out of 4intended – as well as industrial owe a lot to the Art of Noise, so it’s only fitting that they repay that debt. Once you get past the relative absence of the Art of Noise, it’s actually quite enjoyable! My favorite bit has to be “I Of The Needled”, which contains few if any elements that I recognize as coming from any Art of Noise song, but is still fun to listen to.

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  1. Instruments of Darkness (All Of Us Are One People), the Prodigy mix (3:38)
  2. Yebo (Interlude 1), a Mark Gamble mix (1:18)
  3. Roller 10 – the Rhythmatic Mix (4:47)
  4. Back to Backbeat – the Robert Gordon Mix (4:28)
  5. Shades of Paranoimia – the Carl Cox Mix (3:43)
  6. Ode to a D.J. (Interlude 2), a Mark Gamble Mix (1:10)
  7. Catwalk – the Ground Mix (5:02)
  8. Dragnet and Peter Gunn Have a Day at the Races, remixed by Mark Gamble (1:27)
  9. Legs – the Graham Massey Mix (3:18)
  10. L.E.F. – the Mark Brydon Mix (5:00)
  11. I of the Needled – the Sweet Exorcist Mix (4:35)
  12. Crusoe – the LFO Mix (3:44)
  13. The Art of Slow Love, remixed by Youth (5:13)
  14. No Sun (Interlude 4), a Mark Gamble mix (1:48)

Released by: China Records
Release date: 1991
Total running time: 49:11