Hi Dog,Dog wrote: ↑Thu 22 Dec 2022, 6:57 pm While the dark techno album never emerged, fans remained excited by Chris’s idea. In 2020’s Annually, “Dan” wrote to ask specifically if these tracks would ever be released. While Chris couldn’t recall such a set of songs, Neil went further to put the notion to bed: “When he says “the dark techno tracks”, I immediately think: wow, they sound good! But that’s not really what they are, unfortunately. There’s a few tracks - there’s a song called “The out crowd” which is maybe from earlier. There’s the one that goes “clean air hybrid electric bus” [Clean air hybrid] but that’s sort of psychedelic. There’s one with a Russian theme that’s techno-ish [presumably Kaputnik], and even from this album [Hotspot] there’s the one that Stuart likes that we don’t particularly like, “Collector’s item”. Who knows? What there really is is an unreleased body of second-rate songs.” So that, we thought, must be that.
I'm "Dan" from Kalamazoo, Michigan, the fan that asked that question in "Annually." I've subscribed to "Literally" since 1992 and it's the first time I ever asked a question. As a PSB die-hard since 1988, I've found I tend to enjoy their idiosyncratic releases the most. "Behavior" aside, I most enjoy PSB when they're releasing longer-form, mainly electronic tracks, projects such as "Electric", "Relentless", and the first "Disco." In fact, I was just listening to the Tuff City Kids mix of "Undertow" in the car and I enjoy it as much as the original.
The writing sessions for "Super" were intriguing as there was just so much material generated, and they were still in full-on electronic music mode coming off of "Electric." If I remember correctly, they set aside three compositions from those sessions for "Hotspot": "You are the one", "Happy people", and another I don't immediately recall, and they still had tons left. As with the "Elysium" writing sessions, there seemed to be enough potentially high-quality material for another release. In the issue of "Literally" that first discussed "Elysium", Chris mentioned an entire dance album having been written that Andrew Dawson didn't get, which in short order was released as "Electric." So when Chris mentioned something similar in the form of a techno album that had its genesis during "Super" I was intrigued. I was hopeful this would have been released shortly around the time of, or in tandem with, the main album. Now that PSB are no longer a major label act, I've been eager for a greater quantity of less-mainstream releases such as EPs, mini-albums, etc. I think we would have gotten more of these types of things over the years had PSB been on Mute rather than Parlophone.
If I remember correctly, Japanese retailers mooted "The lost room" as a "Super" Japan-only bonus track, but somewhere along the line that idea was dropped. To me that seemed to indicate the techno, or dark techno album, might be on its way and would include "The lost room." They obviously thought enough of it to tentatively schedule it for release. Ultimately we did get a stopgap EP in the form of "Agenda", but that had no relation to the potential techno project Chris mentioned.
Now, six or seven years later, we're finally getting that additional release generated during "Super, in the form of an EP. Dog did a great job of speculating why this might be. I have a few further ideas to suggest. One is, their previous answer to my question aside (perhaps they were sandbagging when they answered the question as they didn't want to spoil a potential surprise?), they always intended to release additional material from the "Super" sessions, but after writing "Agenda" were more moved to release those songs as they fit the zeitgeist of the moment, with the additional "Super" release simply being put back. Another idea is in the preparation of a new album they will often go back and listen to old demos to see if they've previously written anything worth revisiting, and that could be the case here, with these four songs representing, to them, a specific related subset of songs that stand together as a separate work, similar to "Agenda."
I do wonder why they've chosen not to use the Price produced version of "The lost room." It could simply be they don't wish to pay Price some type of contractually obligated fee for using one of his productions on such a low-profile release. Another possibility is this version of "The lost room", and perhaps others contained on "Lost", aren't, strictly speaking, the original demos, but rather they've gone back and did additional work on them in order to prepare them for release, and simply decided they like their version better. Or it is truly the original demo and they've decided the original idea is truly the best.