The synth pop legends will take their sound to Cologne later this month.
The track, called "I'm in Love with a German Film Star," isn't actually by the duo. Instead, it's produced by them with the artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood taking top billing. Taylor-Wood, who has worked with the PSB's before on covers of Serge Gainsbourg and Donna Summer, has chosen an early '80s post-punk song by The Passions this time around.
We haven't heard the track quite yet, but we've been naturally assured that the original and symphonic versions that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have undertaken are grand, with remixes by Gui Boratto, Jürgen Paape and Mark Reeder not being that shabby either.
Curious about how this unique collaboration came to be, RA asked Tennant how the PSB came to release on Cologne's finest:
I became aware of Kompakt at the beginning of this decade and began collecting the Pop Ambient series. I really like good electronic music and Kompakt has an inspiring commitment to it with so many great artists like Markus Guentner, Dettinger, Michael Mayer, Superpitcher, Gui Boratto and many more. The label also has a very strong visual identity which I admire. It's very exciting for us to bring a track to Kompakt and have them commission remixes of it and release it.
Kompakt will release Sam Taylor-Wood's Pet Shop Boys-produced single I'm in Love with a German Film Star on October 27th on 12-inch, CD and on 7-inch. (The latter format will be available in a limited edition of 500.)