Soft Cell have teamed up with Pet Shop Boys on their latest single ‘Purple Zone’ which will also feature on Soft Cell’s forthcoming album, '*Happiness Not Included'.
The collaboration came about due to the Pet Shop Boys hearing ‘Purple Zone’ performed live at a Soft Cell show in 2021 — initial conversations had been around producing a remix, according to the duo, but talk soon shifted to an all-out partnership.
“Working with the Pet Shop Boys was a pleasure, and this track is the perfect combination of us and them,” said Soft Cell’s Marc Almond via a statement.
Pet Shop Boys added: “We are thrilled to collaborate with such an inspirational duo as Soft Cell on this gorgeous song.”
Soft Cell’s last album, ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ came out in 2002 with their new album '*Happiness Not Included' out May 6 with pre-orders available here.
Across twelve tracks, the duo will explore contemporary social issues alongside ideas of utopia, according to vocalist Marc Almond, who said: “In this album, I wanted to look at us as a society: a place where we have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality and decency, food before the rights of animals, fanaticism before fairness and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others."
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Watch the music video for ‘Purple Zone’ below.
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