Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys Team Up on New Single "Purple Zone"

Dancefloor drama and colossal synths abound

Photo: David Lopez-Edwards

BY James MartensPublished Mar 22, 2022

Synthpop titans Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys have collaborated on "Purple Zone," the latest single from Soft Cell's upcoming album *Happiness Not Included.

The track — which arrives alongside a video by Yassa Khan — is a seamless throwback to the dance-club throb of classic '80s synthpop, all hushed drama and sticky hooks.

According to a press release, the Pet Shop Boys attended a show at Soft Cell's recent UK tour and "immediately picked out 'Purple Zone' as one of their favourites from the evening." While it was initially planned for the Pet Shop Boys to simply remix the song, it developed into a full-blown collaboration.

Soft Cell — known primarily for the massive early-'80s hit "Tainted Love" — released their last album in 2002. *Happiness Not Included is set for release on May 6 via BMG.

Watch the video for "Purple Zone" below.

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