Happy Friday Everyone! I usually wait to do a music review the week following an album’s release but I was too excited about this one so I didn’t want to wait. The Get Down is a fresh new musical drama television series created by Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis that’s first 6 episodes were released today. The soundtrack was also released today and it is full of 70’s inspired and remixed music.
The Get Down… The Series… The Soundtrack… My Thoughts
As described by Netflix: “The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world…forever.”
Now, what initially caught my attention, when it came to the soundtrack at least, was that Zayn is on it. He is on a remix for Teddy Pendergrass’ song “You Can’t Hide from Yourself”. You guys should definitely check out the original song too. It’s definitely a classic and not just because Zayn is on it now. But you guys have to admit it, this kid is everywhere but he is doing his thing so you have to respect his hustle right now.
I also love Miguel’s song “Cadillac” and the song “Shaolin’s Theme/ Pray” by Malay & 6Lack. Leon Bridges (“Ball of Confusion”) was made to make music like this. He already sounds like he’s an old soul from another time so he fits this soundtrack perfectly. The same goes for Christina Aguilera and her song “Telepathy” (ft. Nile Rodgers), her powerful voice reminiscent of the disco divas from the 70s. And one of my favorite females in music Janelle Monae comes in with her song “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)” giving off a Michael Jackson vibe. And Grace is giving so much life with her ballad “Just You, Not Now (Love Theme)”. She’s a newcomer and I have plans on checking out her new album very soon.
For those of you who have Netflix definitely check out the series. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet due to some internet connection issues. But let me know what you think about the show and the soundtrack!