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No. 11: Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things

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The Stranger Things original soundtrack was composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive.[43] It makes extensive use of synthesisers in homage to 1980s artists and film composers.



The Home soundtrack, featuring new tracks by Chromatics and Symmetry, is officially out on October 14th via Italians Do It Better. Check it out below.

Video: Chromatics – Magazine

The soundtrack to Johnny Jewel’s score of the film Home will be released digitally on Italians Do It Better on October 14th. The CD and vinyl editions of the soundtrack will coincide with the film’s theatrical release in January. The new Chromatics song “Magazine” receives a video by Home director Fien Troch, comprised of scenes from her film.

The first side of Jewel’s soundtrack for Home is made up of new and unreleased tracks from Chromatics and Symmetry, and the soundtrack’s second half consists of score for the film by Johnny Jewel.

Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1. Magazine – Chromatics
2. Paradise – Chromatics
3. The Magician – Symmetry
4. Alligator – Symmetry
5. Countdown – Symmetry
6. Running From The Sun (End Credits Version) – Chromatics
7. Home – Johnny Jewel
8. Subdivisions – Johnny Jewel
9. Trust – Johnny Jewel
10. Remorse – Johnny Jewel
11. Endless – Johnny Jewel
12. Isolation – Johnny Jewel
13. Decay – Johnny Jewel
14. Youth – Johnny Jewel

Home had its world premiere in August at the Venice Film Festival, where Fien Troch won Best Director in the Orizzonti section.

The Americanos – Set Me Free feat. Nile Rodgers


On the heels of their critically acclaimed single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana and Lil Yachty, “In My Foreign”, Los Angeles-based music collective The Americanos (Louie Rubio, Alexander Shultz and James Corrine) are very excited to share their new single for one of streaming television’s most hotly anticipated shows to date – The Get Down. Co-produced by Baz Luhrmann and Nas, The Americanos’ new production “Set Me Free” (ft. Nile Rodgers) with Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz on the show, is featured in the series trailer, and lands digitally today. Highlighted by Herizen Guardiola’s rich vocal stylings and and Nile Rodgers on guitar, the track builds to a genre-bending soundscape that illustrates a very personal sentiment. The group comments:

When Baz Lurhman came to us to work on one of the most important hit songs in ‘The Get Down’ we were honored. He needed a huge dance anthem that could seamlessly combine Gospel, Afro-Latin, Disco, and Hip Hop, and so “Set Me Free” was created. Baz loved the track so much he ended up extending certain parts of the song so he could use it as much as possible in the show. We’re a DJ group with a crazy vinyl collection but we’re also multi-instrumentalists and big Baz fans so this was a perfect fit for us.”

Baz Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Strictly Ballroom, says of the project: “This is living history. The forefathers of it are actually living… There have been times when I haven’t known if I could do this. I haven’t had a break of any kind in two years. It is constant and relentless.”

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In addition to The Americanos, The Get Down features original music and onscreen appearances by the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Jaden Smith, Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Pendergrass, Leon Bridges, Janelle Monáe and up-and-coming young actors Herizen Guardiola, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. The series is the debut TV effort of Baz Luhrmann, and highlights the era of disco, hip-hop and soul set in South Bronx in the late ‘70s.”The Get Down” is set to debut as a Netflix Original TV Series via the online streaming service on August 12, 2016.

Tune into the trailer for The Get Down, where “Set Me Free” appears at the 1:26 mark, right HERE:

JOHN CARPENTER – Halloween b/w Escape From New York + Assault On Precinct 13 b/w The Fog


Much of the power of the best films by the cult director John Carpenter can be attributed to their use of music — music that, more often than not, was composed and performed by Carpenter himself. What began as a necessity for the low-budget productions by Carpenter became a major part of his aesthetic, and established him as a pioneering figure in genre- film score work as well as electronic music in general. Now, flanked by his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, and with two albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II) of non-soundtrack material under his belt, Carpenter has decided to revisit some of his most beloved themes.

Halloween was Carpenter’s breakthrough as a feature film director. Made for $300,000, it was the most profitable independent movie of its day, and to date has spawned several sequels, becoming an renowned franchise; its stories, characters and scores known the world over. The film’s pulse is the eerie 5/4 piano theme that Carpenter places at the center of its pivotal scenes. It’s a classic theme that stands tall alongside Psycho, Jaws, and The Exorcist as one of the most famous – and greatest – in horror movie history.

The dystopian action thriller Escape From New York is another Carpenter classic, uniting the director with his greatest muse, Kurt Russell. The minimal synthesizer theme that tracks Snake Plissken’s journey across this ravaged vision of NYC is one of Carpenter’s defining works as a composer.

Assault on Precinct 13 was the first feature film Carpenter made after film school, and he made it partially as an urban reimagining of Rio Bravo, a film by his idol, Howard Hawks. Assault is a classic, not least of all because it has perhaps Carpenter’s best-loved theme. The theme’s main synthesizer line, partly inspired by the score to Dirty Harry and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” is catchy and dread-inducing in equal measure.

Carpenter’s theme for The Fog is one of his finest, and creepiest. The spooky synthesizer tone in Carpenter’s composition evokes the advance of the fog itself, helping to make this a quintessential horror score for a classic horror movie.

These 12″ releases include the themes to Halloween b/w Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 b/w The Fog, newly rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge between the Horror Master’s legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present.

Each double A-sided 12′ will be available in deluxe limited edition mylar mirrorboard sleeves and as picture discs.

Watch the live studio video for “Escape From New York” below, directed by Carpenter himself. It was filmed at The Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and offers a preview of The Horror Master’s forthcoming historic debut live performances.

In the clip, he is accompanied by his son Cody Carpenter on synthesizer and his godson Daniel Davies on guitar, with John Spiker on bass, John Konesky on guitar and Scott Seiver on drums.

Watch the Escape From New York live studio video directed by Carpenter himself:

John Carpenter’s US tour kicks off this month! Special blue and red vinyl editions of these 12″s will be available exclusively at the live performances. See full 2016 tour dates below.

John Carpenter will perform live in Greece (Piraeus Academy) on May 27th and 28th

Nicolas Jaar – Pomegranates LP

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Today, Nicolas Jaar released a 20-track album for free via his Facebook page! The album, titled Pomegranates, is available for free here.

I was still living at my childhood home when I finished “pomegranates”. On March 1st, I arrived in my new home and it was completely empty except for a baby tree. The owner was there to greet me and he asked me if I wanted to keep the baby tree because he had nowhere to put it and no one to give it to. I agreed to keep it and take care of it. Before he left I asked him what kind of tree it was. He told me it’s a pomegranate tree. He had no idea I had just put this out! So there it is, it’s yours now!” – Nico


Video: Erlend Øye – Estate

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Norwegian multi-talented artist Erlend Øye (of Kings of Convenience and the Whitest Boy Alive fame) has shared a new video for his beautiful acoustic cover of Bruno Martino’s classic “Estate”, taken from PENINSULA movie sound track. Directed and filmed with a Bolex 16mm camera by Luca Merli. Edited by Gio “Sbrokked” Barberis.

Erlend Øye’s “Estate” is out now digitally via Metatron/Meltedpop Records. Get it here.

Johnny Jewel – Lost River OST


Italians Do It Better’s Johnny Jewel (Chromatics, Glass Candy, and Symmetry) has written the score for actor Ryan Gosling’s upcoming directorial debut, Lost River. Check it out below. Lost River is in US theaters April 10. Keep an eye out for Chromatics’ upcoming album Dear Tommy.

Nicolas Jaar and Brian Jackson – Eleven Times OST


Nicolas Jaar and Brian Jackson soundtrack short film inspired by Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Eleven Times, directed by Samantha Casolari, is “a soulful tribute to victims of police brutality.” Watch it here or below.

The film’s title refers to the number of times Eric Garner said ‘I can’t breathe’”.

Arnaud Rebotini – Eastern Boys OST


Arnaud Rebotini composed & produced the soundtrack of “Eastern Boys” in 2014. Robin Campillo’s movie is nominated in 2015 @ French Cesars Ceremony as Best Film & Best Director.

Below you can watch the official video of the last Arnaud Rebotini’s single “Un peu de verre cassé,” taken from this amazing movie.