Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, are known for their mixes usually flavored with sampler-processed vocals, deep bassline dub, trip-hop elements, bossa grooves and smoothly-shaped echoes to achieve their unique sound. Released in 1998, 11 years ago, Sessions still sounds fresh today and is by far my favorite downtempo album of all time. One of those rare albums you can listen to from start to end. It swoops and rolls, slides and shuffles, cossets and supports then messes you up with ghostly, icy fingers tickling your very soul. The darkness of Rockers Hi-Fi’s “Going Under” is good example of that. This song was not only used in one mainstream movie but two : Layer cake with Daniel Craig and also Steven Soderberg’s Traffic in 2000. EVERY TIME I played one of their songs on radio, someone called to know what it was. It’s that essential. If this isn’t in your collection…then there’s something wrong with you.
Rockers Hi-Fi – Going under [K&D main version : 1996]
Quentin Tarantino is a genius when it comes to picking up music tracks for his flicks. Death proof made me discover a couple of gems : April March’s Chick habit, The Coasters with Down in Mexico but especially Keith Mansfield : funky fanfare. Mansfield is a British composer known for his creation of prominent television theme tunes on the BBC.
Mansfield is probably best known by American audiences as the composer of the tune “Funky Fanfare” used for underscoring in the Astro Daters series in the late 1960s. The Astro Daters’ “Our Next Attraction” was featured prominently in two films by not only Death proof but also Kill Bill. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mansfield was a major figure in the UK library music scene and recorded a great deal of material for the production music company KPM. His work has been sampled by hip-hop producers such as Madlib. Death proof indeed Mr. Q…!
Keith Mansfield : Funky fanfare [1974?]
Yesterday I was watching Trainspotting on blu-ray and I realized something : every movie I like has a good soundtrack which plays an important role underneath the story. Trainspotting is no exception to that : Like Scorcese and Tarantino, Boyle uses pop songs as rhapsodic mood enhancers, though in his own ravey-hypnotic style. Whether he’s staging a fumbly sex montage to Sleeper‘s version of Atomic or having Renton go cold turkey to the ominous slow build of Underworld‘s Dark and Long. Trainspotting doesn’t have much narrative holding it together. Nor does it really have the dramatic range to cope with such wild extremes. Most of it sticks to the same moderate pitch, with entertainment value enhanced by Mr. Boyle’s savvy use of wide angles, bright colors, attractively clean compositions and a dynamic pop score – was said by an american movie critic.
Anyway, 2 songs for the original soundtrack were memorable in my humble opinion : Underworld’s Dark & Long (although most people would remember Born slippy afterwards) and Leftfield’s A final hit. The first song played during Mark Renton (played by Ewan Mc Gregor) fight with his heroin addiction : a plethora of his friend appeared while this song enhanced his paranoia. Leftfield’s song played during the last heroin shot Renton gave himself, as if this song had been made for this peculiar scene. In 2004, the film was voted the best Scottish film of all time by the public in a poll for The List magazine. Needless to say that this soundtrack (Which also features Brian Eno, Iggy Pop and New order) is a must have, especially if you’re looking for a hit..
Underworld : Dark & Long [Dark train mix : 1994]
Leftfield : A final hit