Pet Shop Boys will release their new digital single “Leaving” on October 16th on Astralwerks records. The single is taken from their brand new album Elysium which is out now. The digital bundles will include extra tracks and remixes. View the video for “Leaving” here.
Among the various b-sides and extra tracks, the Balkan-flavoured “Hell” was originally planned to be included on Elysium but Neil and Chris didn’t feel it fitted the mood of the album. “In his imagination” was written and recorded this summer and features Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras on backing vocals. Both tracks were produced by Pet Shop Boys and mixed by Bob Kraushaar. “Baby” is Pet Shop Boys’ demo from 2003 of a song which was later recorded by the Swedish pop group Alcazar; a segment of it was recently included in their “The Most Incredible Thing” ballet.
The young Italian DJ/artist Dusty Kid has provided a long, brooding club re-working of “Leaving”. “Elysium” co-producer Andrew Dawson has made two very different remixes, the reflective “HappySad” and the clubby “HappyHour”. Finally Pet Shop Boys have produced three new remixes as well as making available their original demo of “Leaving” from 2010.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe recorded Elysium earlier this year in Los Angeles, the first time they have recorded an album in America. They co-produced the record with US producer Andrew Dawson, who has won three Grammys for his work on Kanye West’s albums.