When Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark reunited in 2010 to record their first album in 14 years, Diamond Rings’ John ORegan was just releasing his debut album. Since then, both acts have released follow-ups with English Electric and Free Dimensional, respectively. Of course, Diamond Rings’ synth-pop sound wouldn’t be what it is without forebears like OMD, so it’s fitting that the former would show reverence to the latter with a new remix.
“Metroland” already stands out as one of the most bliss-inducing cuts on the reunited OMD’s most recent record. Put in the hands and consoles of Diamond Rings, and the head-bouncing vibes break the knobs. The pulses thump harder and louder than the original, as synths that once twinkled in the early evening air now pump and pound in a dance floor stomp. While it’s louder and more frantic than the original, the remix is over two minutes shorter, a good thing if you want to avoid a strained neck at your next dance party. Listen to the remix followed by the original below.
OMD’s English Electric and a remix CD of “Metroland” are both available now. Having recently wrapped their first leg together, Diamond Rings and OMD will return to the road this July for an East Coast run. Head here for a full list of dates.