David Bowie/The Rebels - "Revolutionary Song" (4:42)
Marlene Dietrich - "Just A Gigolo" (3:34)
Review: Here's something to get Bowie fans hot under the collar: a first worldwide pressing of the Thin White Duke's "Revolutionary Song", his only contribution to the soundtrack of 1978 West German flick "Just A Gigolo", in which he also starred alongside silver screen legend Marlene Dietrich. The song was recorded with a local band of musicians hastily dubbed "The Rebels" and sees Bowie in classic crooner mode, adding his distinctive vocals to a jangly, largely acoustic number that's effectively a folksy take on waltz. Over on side B there's a chance to enjoy one of Marlene Dietrich's last ever recordings: an atmospheric cover of 1930s cabaret standard "Just A Gigolo" which ended up being the movie's title track.
Review: Label co-founder Gianni Vercetti Balopitas aka Vercetti Technicolor returns to Giallo Disco after the Black September LP. Here he presents the soundtrack to 'the psychedelic neon-soaked slasher short' Hard Pill. Directed by Daniel Freedman, Balopitas' Fulci meets Digweed score takes you from Mainetti to Martinez. Drugged out club hits and tense shadowed corridor atmospherics. The title track's dark romance is epic suspense and moodlighting reminiscent of the great John Carpenter while B side electro cut "Voice Of Darkness" goes down the same gothic brooding path as Visonia. It all comes to a thrilling climax on the slow burning closer "She Does" full on rich vintage synth flar, ricocheting Linn drums drenched in gated reverb and the most razor sharp arpeggios you'll ever hear. Alongside Timothy J Fairplay's LP on Charlois, we'd rate this as one of the 2017's finest offerings for new wave Italo fiends and retroverts.
Review: Soundtrack reissues specialists Death Waltz finally deliver what everyone has been waiting for; a newly remastered edition of Angelo Badalamenti's timeless score for Twin Peaks. A project that was first announced back in 2014, Death Waltz have really put the work in here on this double LP presentation. Seeking out engineer Tal Miller to remaster the score, getting the approval of David Lynch on the artwork, sleeve notes from Badalamenti and of course the music itself pressed up on "damn fine coffee" coloured vinyl. Musically speaking, do we really need to describe what is a classic selection of compositions from the American? Both the foreboding "Twin Peaks Theme" and somewhat more soothing "Laura Palmer's Theme" should be singed on the cerebral cortex of any self-respecting fan of culture.
Review: There's no doubt that this brilliant, synthesizer-heavy soundtrack played a key part in the success of Netflix's deliciously odd thriller, Stranger Things. Written and performed by Survive members Kyle Dixon and Michael Steen, it has the right balance between John Carpenter style creepiness, Vangelis-like melodiousness, and the cinematic feel of classic movie soundtrack material. Happily, the streaming behemoth has decided to release two volumes of musical highlights from the series, beginning with this first volume. It's testament to the quality of the Texas-based duo's work that those who've not seen the series should still enjoy it. This is atmospheric, clandestine electronic music of the highest order. Moody, immersive, and reminiscent of the best material from the 1980s.
Review: Geinoh Yamashirogumi's exceptional score for cult Japanese anime classic Akira has long been on the "wants-list" of both fans and soundtrack collectors. It's been out of print since it first appeared in 1988, with original CD and vinyl copies changing hands for vast sums online in recent times. This reissue presents the composer's "Symphonic Suite" - unique because it was created as a standalone piece before the movie went into production, with scenes altered to fit the music - in all its' acclaimed glory. Musically, Yamashirogumi's compositions are hard to pigeonhole, sitting somewhere between semi-synthesized percussive minimalism, new age inspired ambient, layered vocal improvisations and electronic experimental jazz. From start to finish, it's utterly beguiling and almost mesmerizing in its construction.
Montage From Twin Peaks - Girl Talk/Birds In Hell/Laura Palmer's Theme/Falling (5:25)
The Voice Of Love (3:52)
Review: Death Waltz has pulled of something of a coup here, obtaining permission to release Angelo Badalamenti's score from David Lynch's controversial Twin Peaks movie spin-off, Fire Walk With Me. The film was panned by both critics and fans of the original TV series on its 1992 release, but has since becoming something of a cult classic. Badalamenti's fine score is as atmospheric and beguiling as his work on the original Twin Peaks series, and contains a number of tracks that rework musical themes from that acclaimed production. Death Waltz has gone all out on the production, too, housing heavyweight, cherry-splattered vinyl in a luscious gatefold sleeve.
Angelo Badalamenti - "Fred & Renee Make Love" (2:08)
Marilyn Manson - "Apple Of Sodom" (4:22)
Antonio Carlos Jobim - "Insensatez" (2:53)
Barry Adamson - "Something Wicked This Way Comes" (edit) (2:58)
Marilyn Manson - "I Put A Spell On You" (3:28)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Fats Revisited" (2:32)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Fred's World" (3:02)
Rammstein - "Rammstein" (edit) (3:26)
Barry Adamson - "Hollywood Sunset" (2:00)
Rammstein - "Heirate Mich" (edit) (3:05)
Angelo Badalamenti - "Police" (1:39)
Trent Reznor - "Driver Down" (5:18)
David Bowie - "I'm Deranged" (reprise) (3:47)
Review: Since its release in 1997, David Lynch's neo-noir-horror, Lost Highway, has become something of a cult classic. The accompanying soundtrack album, here reissued on weighty double vinyl, is similarly revered in some circles. Put together by Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor, composer Angelo Badalamenti, and punk-turned-producer Barry Adamson, it's a mish-mash of darkly intense songs (Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Lou Reed and Rammstein all contribute), and the kind of creepy, other-worldly soundscapes that have always been a feature of Lynch's work. It's arguably the latter tracks, composed by Badalementi and Adamson, which remain creepily potent all these years on.
Back To The Pod/The Crazies Come Out (version 2) (1:28)
I Heard You Were Dead! (dialogue) (0:08)
Arrival At The Library (1:06)
You Are The Duke Of New York (dialogue) (0:17)
The Duke Arrives/Barricade (3:32)
President At The Train (2:29)
Who Are You? (dialogue) (0:26)
Police Action (2:26)
Romereo & The President (1:39)
The President Is Gone (1:51)
69th Street Bridge (2:40)
Over The Wall (3:40)
The Name Is Plissken (dialogue) (0:25)
Snake Snake (3:54)
Review: In 1981, prolific film director John Carpenter made Escape From New York, a near-future dystopian action film which has inspired a whole generation of movie producers and musicians. Mr. Carpenter also took care of its soundtrack, originally out on Milan Records and reissued in 2000 by Silva Screen, and again now. If you haven't heard it before, it's a true journey into the depths of electronics. The double LP contains 27 songs, all representative of the chilling scenes in the film, ranging from vintage drones, to flurries of orchestral instrumentation, and even bursts of new age sounds. It's a mood record, and one which should be enjoyed with an open mind and an attentive set of ears. A classic.
Review: It's the 30th Anniversary of the Castlevania franchise and Austin, Texas based cinema retroverts Mondo are proud to celebrate with a premiere vinyl release of the original soundtrack to the 1986 Nintendo Entertainment System classic that started it all. Featuring all 12 BMG tracks from the video game by Konami Kukeiha Club (a collective name for the Konami sound production staff) and original artwork by Becky Cloonan. The first of a five-album campaign dedicated to the video game franchise, so get in on it!