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Mondo is excited to unveil the soundtrack for Marvel’s Luke Cage, the Netflix original series, with collectible artwork of the bulletproof hero by Matthew Woodson. Composers Adrian Younge (Something About April) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) have combined forces to produce one of the best scores of 2016 featuring an inspired, genre-bending blend of orchestral score and 90s hip-hop beats, filtered through the sonic lens of the works of Ennio Morricone. It’s no surprise that the score hovers in the same terrain of the Spaghetti Westerns soundtracks of Morricone – the narrative of Luke Cage plays out like a modern Western, only set in Harlem. Muhammad and Younge have meticulously crafted one of the most unique sonic landscapes in the history of television. “We sought to create a score that reflects the world of Luke Cage. We see this world as a place where classic cinema meets classic Hip Hop,” said composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge.
Prince arrived on the scene in the late-70s, and it didn't take long for him to upend the music world with his startling music and arresting demeanor. He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the '80s. He made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative. His colorful image and revolutionary music made him a figure comparable in paradigm-shifting impact to Little Richard, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and George Clinton. With Prince-mania in full effect following the three cornerstone releases 1999 (1982), Purple Rain (1984) and Around the World in a Day (1985), the enigmatic artist issued Parade in 1986, the dynamic soundtrack to his second feature film Under the Cherry Moon. Home to the classic "Kiss," Prince's third No. 1 single, Parade would also serve as his third and final album to feature his backing band The Revolution.
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Ahmed Malek was one of the most important musicians of the Algerian scene of the 1970s. His soundtrack works that were composed for various Algerian movies of the time fuse Arabic influences with jazz, psych and funk influences. Dark cineastic soundscapes meet african Jazz at times reminiscent of Mulatu. Original copies of his vinyl releases have been sold for enormous amounts. For this release we combined the strongest tracks from his releases with a selection of unreleased material straight from the families archive. Introduction: I still remember the first time I heard Ahmed Malek. It was 2012. Back then I didn’t know much about Arabic music, but I was about to leave Berlin for a couple of weeks to go to Tunisia. I was working as a project manager for a music recoding session which ended up being released by Jakarta Records as the “Sawtuha” release. I knew I would have some time off during my stay and I was certain that I would dedicate some of this time to diggin. I asked some people whether they knew of any titles that I should look for. Roskow, who also ended up re-mastering this release, told me about an Algerian composer called Ahmed Malek whose music was also released in Tunisia. Fast forward three years: Arabic records have become my number one hobby and luckily I got my hands on a copy of Ahmed Malek’s “Musique Originale De Films” album. I already knew some of the tracks but listening to the music the way it was originally released, and not as a crappy Youtube version, made me fall in love with Malek’s compositions all the more. It manages to create this very special mood: melancholic and reflective, emotional and touching, but never depressing. Even without having seen any of the pictures created for this, it immediately brings visuals to one’s imagination. Around that time I became captivated with the idea of reissuing some of Ahmed Malek’s music. I knew some people had tried to locate his family but, but with no success. In the end it was an incredible amount of luck that made it possible for you to read these words and listen to this record. I had a DJ gig in Beirut playing old Arabic records and I mentioned my passion for Ahmed Malek’s music to a friend. She said she knew one person in Algier, and as much as it would be a shot in the dark, she could ask her if she had an idea of how to find Malek’s family. Two weeks went by before I heard back, and what I got was incredibly good news. Her Algerian friend was the neighbor of Ahmed Malek’s daughter! I’m not a spiritual person, but it felt like the universe wanted to see this release happen.
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A Start Your Ear Off Right Exclusive Release. Jackie Brown: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture is the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's motion picture Jackie Brown. It was originally released on December 9, 1997. The soundtrack uses a variety of music genres, including soul. The soundtrack also includes dialogue from the motion picture and a lack of typical film score, similar to the other soundtracks of Tarantino films. Jackie Brown: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture is the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's motion picture Jackie Brown. It was originally released on December 9, 1997. The soundtrack uses a variety of music genres, including soul. The soundtrack also includes dialogue from the motion picture and a lack of typical film score, similar to the other soundtracks of Tarantino films. Features Bobby Womack and Peace, The Brothers Johnson, Bill Withers, Johnny Cash, Bloodstone, Pam Grier, Foxy Brown, Randy Crawford, The Delfonics, The Grass Roots, Minnie Riperton, The Vampires' Sound Incorporation, and Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods.
The original soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's 2003 opus Kill Bill Vol. 1 has sold in excess of 800,000 copies worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy. Enter second installment, 2004's Kill Bill Vol. 2. As with all of the writer-director's films, from Pulp Fiction to Jackie Brown, music plays a major role in the finale of this martial arts epic about an assassin out for revenge. Produced by Tarantino, RZA and Robert Rodriguez, the diverse 15-track Kill Bill Vol. 2: Original Soundtrack features material from the likes of Ennio Morricone, Charlie Feathers, Johnny Cash, Malcolm McLaren and Shivaree plus Tarantino's famous dialogue from the film interspersed throughout.
As with all of writer/director Quentin Tarantino's films, music plays a major role in the first installment of his 2-part epic Kill Bill. For the Grammy-nominated original soundtrack to 2003's Kill Bill Vol. 1, a martial arts flick about an assassin who seeks revenge, The RZA from the multiplatinum-selling Wu-Tang Clan takes center stage, surrounded by the sort of vintage, quirky tracks that made the soundtracks to Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown such fan favorites. The 15-track offering ranges from material by '60s pop diva Nancy Sinatra to rockabilly's Charlie Feathers, from trumpeter Al Hirt and soulman Isaac Hayes (with a 1974 blaxploitation cut) to pan flute master Zamfir's '70s classic "The Lonely Shepherd," Santa Esmeralda's much-covered 1977 Top 20 "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" and The 126.96.36.199's, a campy '90s all-girl group from Japan.
Limited Edition of 1000 copies on purple vinyl. Waiting to Exhale made author Terry McMillan a literary superstar, and, when brought to the screen, was one of the first movies to feature African-American women in leading roles. Its soundtrack took the music industry by storm, topping the Billboard Pop and R&B charts for five and ten weeks, respectively. The soundtrack was masterfully produced by, and all but one track written by, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Featured are R&B divas Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige. The album includes the #1 hit singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” “Not Gon’ Cry,” and “Let It Flow”. The soundtrack was originally released on vinyl only overseas in an inferior package that jammed both records inside a single album jacket pocket. Real Gone Music’s Limited Edition Purple Vinyl Double LP (of 1000 copies) package puts this landmark album out on vinyl in the U.S. for the first time with gatefold packaging featuring a luminous photo of the movie’s four female leads.
Taken from the Drive original motion picture soundtrack. Since the film's release, the YouTube video for "Nightcall" has climbed to over 11 million views, and has been on repeat across an expanse of playlists, always fueling the after-after party with the slow burn of glossed synth echoes. Now Kavinksy emerges from this late-night haze with the helping of friends, bearing a collection of covers, remixes, and second takes for yet another drive through the midnight hours. Remixes from Dustin N'Guyen and Jackson. The song was features Lovefoxxx from CSS on vocals, and was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Justice and mixed by SebastiAn.
Republic Records will release "Amy", the Original Soundtrack. The album features music from the universally acclaimed film, directed by BAFTA winning director Asif Kapadia, and now officially the highest grossing British documentary of all time at the UK box office. Indeed "Amy", in the few months since its release, is a true global box office phenomenon and, officially the second highest grossing documentary of all time globally behind Fahrenheit 9/11.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the 1985 classic The Goonies. Cyndi Lauper served as the soundtrack's musical director and also provided a pair of tracks including fan favorite "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" and "What A Thrill." Additional artists appearing here include The Bangles, REO Speedwagon, Luther Vandross, Teena Marie and Goon Squad among others. Goonies never say die!
Shaft is Isaac Hayes' crowning achievement. Besides being one of the most successful soundtrack albums of all time - spending over a year on Billboard's pop album chart, which it also topped - it opened the door for a number of other R&B artists, including Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Norman Whitfield, to write for motion pictures. In addition to such memorable tunes as "Ellie's Love Theme," "Soulville," the Wes Montgomery inspired "Cafe Regio's," and the nearly 20-minute funk opus "Do Your Thing," the double album includes the classic "Theme from Shaft," itself a No. 1 pop hit. The song earned Hayes an Oscar for Best Song, while the album also took home a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.