Mark Almond, the group’s vocalist, described the track as “a celebration of northern soul,” alluding to their northern soul roots with their 1981 Hot 100 top 10 hit “Tainted Love”. The career launching song was a cover of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love” which originally released in 1964. Soft Cell’s producer Dave Ball, explained that northern soul “played such a great part in our formative years and was a huge influence on our music,” citing it as the reason why the pair decided to pay homage to the genre in the dance track.
The single officially releases at midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 22. In addition to “Northern Lights,” a new track titled “Guilty (Cos I Say You Are)” will be released with the band’s new compilation album, The Singles- Keychains and Snowstorms, on Sept. 28. Following the album release, the pair will say a final good-bye to fans with a concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sept. 30.
Listen to “Northern Lights” here.