Yes, I know it’s the 18th but it doesn’t matter – here are the young men of Invada Records and Death Waltz Recording Co. – Redg Weeks and Spencer Hickman – telling you what should be on your lists this X-mas…
BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW – Sinoia Caves (Death Waltz)
Utter brilliance – by far my number one soundtrack to be released in 2014. Major jealousy that we didn’t get to release this [clip].
THE HIRED HAND – Bruce Longhorne (Scissortail)
Incredible score to a 1971 Peter Fonda film no one knows about [clips].
UNDER THE SKIN – Mica Levi (Milan)
Do believe the hype. This score has pretty much been a game-changer in Hollywood this year with directors and music supervisors screaming out for something similar (and so far failing to get anything even remotely close) [clip].
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT /CHRISTMAS EVIL
Spencer cheekily announced these just before the festive season. Great soundtracks – genius idea [clip].
FAR CRY 3: BLOOD DRAGON – Power Glove (Invada)
Two lawyers sent back from the streets of future, post apocalyptic Los Angeles 2043 [clip].
ALL THE COLOURS OF THE DARK – Bruno Nicolai (Finders Keepers)
Bruno Nicolai’s immense score to the odd occult giallo by Sergio Martino [link].
THE KNICK – Cliff Martinez (Milan)
Cliff is such a talent – few can get boast such an impressive catalogue. This is his best work since Spring Breakers [clip].
THE IRON GIANT – Michael Kamen (Mondo)
Classical score to my favourite ever animation gets a welcome LP release [clip].
UTOPIA, SEASON 1 – Cristobal (Silva Screen)
Cristobal’s soundtrack to the Channel 4 series has been getting rave reviews and it’s not hard to see why – unbelievable! [link]
NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR – Charlene Brown (NoVisibleScars/Vinegar Syndrome)
A 7″ sent to me by Seb from One Way Static Records. Side A pure 80’s cheese-rock : Side B some instrumental piano to counter-act the guitar solo’s on the flip [clip].
STREET TRASH – Rick Ulfick (Lunaris)
Superb soundtrack to one of the most ridiculous, yet entertaining films ive ever seen [clips].
FROM OUT HERE – The Advisory Circle (Ghost Box Music)
A great record inspired by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [link].
SURF NAZIS MUST DIE – Jon McCallum (Strange Disc)
Another welcome gift from One Way Static – huge mid to late 80’s soundtrack that will be in a lot of people’s end of year charts [clip].
WARNING SIGN – Craig Safan (Invada)
A personal project of mine to licence and release this (just at the end of 2014).the first score allegedly made solely using the Synclavier synthesiser. Extremely dark & haunting [clips].
COLD IN JULY – Jeff Grace (Milan)
Another gem of a release from Milan Records – available now digitally, forthcoming on LP in 2015 [clip].
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – Primus with The Fungi Ensemble (Prawn Song)
Not so much a soundtrack more a ‘re-imagined score’ from one of the most barmy (yet multi million selling) alternative rock bands. This is excellent and totally worthy picking up [clip].
THE BLACK MILL TAPES VOL. 3/4 – Pye Corner Audio (PCA)
Exceptional electronic work that sounds like the greatest film music never recorded [link].
GONE GIRL – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Columbia)
This works a lot better in the film as opposed to a stand-alone piece of music but still a strong soundtrack and you can tell from the first note its a ‘Reznor’ production [clip].
EATEN ALIVE – Roberto Donati (Kronos Records)
Roberto Donati’s score to the notorious cannibal flick is the best possible music to eat arms by [link]
HANNIBAL, SEASON 1/2 – Brian Reitzell (Invada)
One of the most ambitious projects I’ve ever worked on. 4 double LP’s of modern classical mixed with dark electronic ,intricate minimal compositions [clip].
RUNNING FROM THE SUN – Chromatics
The experts from Drive with another LP of essential material [link].
THE VISITOR – Franco Micalizzi (Mondo)
Not normally into anything too ‘funky’ but this is excellent & has stayed near my turntable for the majority of the year. Music aside Mondo did a fantastic job with the entire packaging of the LP [clip].
ESCAPE FROM WITCHTROPOLIS – Espectrostatic (Trouble In Mind)
This cannot really be described. Just close your eyes and think of the greatest electro-score around, and you’re there [link].