The seminal synthmeisters’ third album in 18 months, the Disco series allows Tennant/Lowe an occasional excursion from official Pet Shop duties, each time subverting the genre that little bit more. This time it’s a whirlwind round-up of extended remixes for others. You won’t find Dusty, Liza or Robbie here, though; the workaholic duo’s own collaborative compositions and productions being saved for a long-awaited collection of their own at a later date. In a seamlessly segued set, exhilarating electro stompers jostle for position with dancefloor fillers, and a manic, anything-but-flowery Killers. Where else can you find an album that proudly features, nay, boasts, Rammstein minus guitars and, in the majestic moondust of Hallo Spaceboy, probably the best thing Bowie did the entire 90s. Feeling almost like they’ve gatecrashed their own party, Disco 4 is somewhat jarringly rounded off with a pair of recent remixes of PSB’s own tracks, including the disturbing dystopian drama of new digital single Integral.
Pet Shop Boys - Disco 4
Four-on-the-floor mix disc from the Teutonic twosome
Parlophone | 506 0462
Reviewed by Steve Pafford
<< Back to Issue 344