The approaches to their respective sets couldn't be more different, yet both prove to be mostly effective. Lowe 's disc looks like it was thrown together in fevered haste, as if he had been given an hour's notice before an impromptu late-night gathering at his place. Longtime Pet Shop Boys fans will notice that this disc is stocked with a number of early-'80s dance classics that have been mentioned throughout the years in interviews, including the Flirts ' "Passion. Containing more energy than any other Back to Mine disc, you can see Lowe rifling through his collection, tossing the occasional favorite on to a pile behind him, and thinking of a running order on the fly. Simian 's "Never Be Alone" tailor-made for an action scene in a Jamie Oliver cooking program and Celestial Choir's "Stand on the Word" a Larry Levan -produced gospel-house prototype capable of moving any body. Tennant 's disc, to provide much contrast, must've been pieced together over a longer duration, with deep contemplation and a few rounds of trial and error. The manner in which each track melts into the next makes it obvious that he's had plenty of mix-making experience.
The band's only condition for undertaking the project was that each member would be allotted his own disc — a first for the series. Each disc, consequently, reflects the most opposite extremes of members Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant 's musical preferences. Tennant has suggested that the two discs, in combination, comprise the "Pet Shop Boys sound". While most other installments of the series focused on various aspects of downtempo and chillout , Lowe's disc is oriented around upbeat disco music. Tennant's disc, meanwhile, with classical and ambient music included, is more aligned with the series' overall style though the inclusion of classical compositions is also relatively novel for the series.