Vocal is the second full track to see daylight from SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys’ highly anticipated forthcoming new album, Electric. The Stuart Price produced LP will be the duo’s thirteenth studio album and from all accounts eschews your usual PSB ballad tracks for a short, sweet, collection of dance tracks.
What we’ve heard so far from the album has been pretty modern Italo sounding. No so with Vocal, this drags Pet Shop Boys SynthPop into Euphoric Trance territory and as such is unsurprisingly being championed by Armin Van Buuren. Neil Tennant’s ode to vocal dance tracks glides over a backing of big stabbing synths and warbling lead lines. Proving once and for all the Pet Shop Boys can still crank out a blistering, relevant, Pop song, Vocal is a fine precursor to the album. reMixes are on their way.
♫ Pet Shop Boys – Vocal
Pet Shop Bot’s Electric album is due out in 15th July. Vocal is available from today.
We’re not going to lie, we were quite worried about this tune. Apart from the odd tune, Boys Noize have not been impressing of late, the last album, Out Of The Black, was more filler than killer, so the thought of Ridha getting his hand on Pet Shop Boys didn’t fill us with optimism. Imagine out relief then when, after a Mixmag première, it turns out that Boys Noize reMix of Axis isn’t too shabby at all.
The original of Axis is pretty amazing Stuart Price produced Italo gold and whilst Boys Noize reMix doesn’t hit those crazy highs, it does deliver a fairly storming hard dancefloor juggernaut. With a whole pallet of spiky synths, this reMix if Axis really does build up an infectious groove that it’s pretty hard not to get into, and serves up quite a nostalgic old school flavour. An out of place 2007 middle-eight aside, this a high octane killer of a tune.
This is Axis, the first single from SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys long awaited new album Electric, and it;s insanely good. A modern-Moroder robo-Disco epic with a B-Boy breakdown. Produced by Stuart Price too.
Check the video, a retro future freak-out that is absolutely perfect for the track. A neon, dreamlike, playground that’s lasertastic.
SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys announced this week that they are parting company with long serving record label Parlophone in order to release their next album, Electric.
They’ll be releasing the album themselves in conjunction with Kobalt Label Services and to mark the announcement the have released a trailer for the album, which has been produced by none other than Mr. Stuart Price.
When you’re reMixing SynthPop legends Pet Shop Boys, do you try an bee all hip with whatever sounds are packing dancefloors at the time, or do you think “fuck it” and go all mid-80s reMix? It seems like producer extraordinaire Stuart Price wisely took the latter path and had dropped a track that could comfortable sit on the B-side of any number of 1985-1987 PSB 12”s, albeit with a little more contemporary studio slickness.
As well as drawing comparisons to Shep Pettibone’s classic, pumping, PSB reMixes, Stuart Price’s take on their new single, Memory Of The Future, surprisingly feels like it has a load of mid-80s Front 242 in it’s DNA. The fact that this Extended Mix sounds like extended mixes of our youth is giving us a nostalgic glow. With it’s vintage drum sounds, digital bass and icy pads, this Price mix obviously goes perfectly with Tennant’s vocal, this kind of track is what we’re most used to hearing him on. An excellent update to the classic PSB sound, this one is going to be on repeat for a while.
♫ Memory Of The Future (Stuart Price Extended Mix)
Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:
Pet Shop Boys’ new single ‘Winner’ is out today, it’s awesome stuff that we will bring you one their label sort their lives out, but today we’ll dedicate Going’ Old School to Britain’s finest SynthPop duo, starting with 1986’s Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money).
The tail end of the ‘80’s with Domino Dancing from 1988.