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#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with kidkanevil’s top film scores on vinyl

#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with kidkanevil’s top film scores on vinyl

#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with kidkanevil’s top film scores on vinyl

#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with kidkanevil’s Top Film Scores On Vinyl

A man of few words, Gerard Roberts a.k.a kidkanevil grew up on a unique mix of street music and geek culture – which honed his signature sound that was inspired by hip-hop, anime OSTs and computer game music. A Redbull Music Academy alumni, he’s not only had 4 solo albums under his belt, but also other projects such as Kidsuke alongside the visionary Japanese producer Daisuke Tanabe, nemui pj with another Japanese musician Noah. Also of late, the beat extraordinaire was involved in the latest Massive Attack “Voodoo in My Blood” track, and is also currently producing for young up and coming grime rapper Benny Mails. He’s working on doing his first film score and a brand new project (that is hush hush at the moment!) Apart from that, kidkanevil is known for his diverse DJ/live sets, having blessed stages on Sonar to Fabric to Low End Theory to Hoya:Hoya and back again via his residency at the now cult like Tempo Clash nights alongside Kutmah, Om Unit, Blue Daisy and the late Offshore.

An avid fan of anime (Studio Ghibli is quoted as one of his favourite animation studios) and movies in general, kidkanevil shares with us some of his favourite film scores from his prized vinyl collection here:

1) Symphonic Suite Akira

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“Performed by musical collective Geinoh Yamashirogumi and composed by group leader Shoji Yamashiro, this masterpiece is anything but a conventional score. whilst still utilising new technologies the focus remains on traditional instrumentation, percussion and the human voice – not only bypassing the more traditional orchestral route but also the synth heavy palette a lot of genre films of the time were exploring. rarely do music and image match so perfectly, resulting in not only one of the greatest films of all time, but one the greatest soundtracks. The copy I have is the complete score re-issue from victory. I’ve been searching for an original pressing my entire adult life but they usually price at about £600! One day…”

2) Studio Ghibli Kokyo Kyokushu

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“One of the greatest director and composer relationships in cinema history, I could include any number of Joe Hisaishi’s endlessly sublime Ghibli scores. but in terms of vinyl this beautiful Mondo release is a personal favourite. Performed by Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with original artwork from cult film poster illustrator Tyler Stout, it’s a great pressing beautifully presented in three sleeve variations.”

3) Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai

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“Jim Jarmusch’s meditative new york samurai movie staring Forest Whitaker as the Hagakure obsessed assassin, claiming The RZA’s first and best film score work. There’s two versions, the international release which acts as more of a companion piece of rap interpretations, and the superior Japanese release of the actual instrumental beats score. Like the film itself theres something raw, broken and whimsical about RZA’s production, which remains my personal favourite of the Wu leaders work.”

4) Ex_Machina

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“One of my favourite more recent soundtracks, Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow created a wonderfully fluid soundbed of warm synth arpeggios and muted guitars, both eire and profound. I’m always interested in electronic lead non-orchestral scores, and this is one of the best examples. the pressing is from invada, Geoff’s own imprint with a focus on film, tv and video game soundtrack pressings. I was lucky enough to grab a copy of the limited edition splattered vinyl version.”

5) Alien

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“Another cinematic masterpiece. apparently Ridley Scott originally wanted Isao Tomita to score the film, but 20th Century Fox pressured him to use more established film composer Jerry Goldsmith. To be honest I would love to have heard Tomita’s approach, perhaps it would have been something more in line with Vangelis’ work on Blade Runner. Still, the orchestral route does give the film a classic timelessness that has served it well in retrospect. Like the film, the score itself is a remarkable experience, both unsettling and beautiful, subtle and intense. this pressing is the original 79 version.”

6) Ran

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“Akira Kurosawa’s last epic masterpiece. Toru Takemitsu’s score is of course incredible, emphasised by Kurosawa’s powerful choice to feature no additional sound during the battle scenes. This is the original pressing, billed as ‘highlights’ of a soundtrack too epic to squeeze onto a single vinyl. Silva Screen recently released a glossy double vinyl of the complete work, but I thought I’ll feature the original pressing here as I love the artwork and, well, original pressing!”

7) La Planète Sauvage

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“As for many beat heads, the wonderfully weird cult animation from french film maker René Laloux came to my attention thanks to Madlib, who sampled it famously for his Quasimoto masterstroke ‘come on feet’. Composed by Serge Gainsbourg collaborator Alain Goraguer, the music is a peculiar, sublime and memorising psychedelic trip, much like the very very weird film itself.”

8) Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence / The Revenant

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“I kinda cheated and picked two Ryuichi Sakamoto scores. first up the David Bowie staring classic Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, featuring the legendary title piece. With a melody beamed down from the heavens, it’s synth pioneering and 80s as fuck, establishing post-YMO Sakamoto as a serious presence in contemporary film scoring. On the modern end of the spectrum I’ve included The Revenant soundtrack, alongside regular collaborator Alva Noto the pair capture the simultaneous majesty and brutality of nature with a profound and moving meeting of orchestra and subtle electronics.”

9) Purple Rain

“Rest in peace the purple one! A work of genius of course, what is there left to say about Purple Rain? original pressing, its not exactly rare though!”

10) Wild Style

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“The quintessential early days of hiphop movie, this version is actually a re-release of the impossible to find original Wild Style Instrumental Breakbeats DJ Promo by Chris Stein of Blondie and Fab 5 Freddy, that the DJ’s and MC’s could use for the movie without the filmmakers running into copyright issues. ‘subway theme’ is perhaps the most well known beat here, made famous by Nas on Illmatic intro ‘The Genesis’.”

11) Superfly

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“My dad took me to a blaxploitation night when I was a kid, one of the films being shown was Superfly. The scene with Curtis Mayfield playing inspired me to learn guitar and this soundtrack became one of the key starting points for me making music. It’s a classic and has been sampled to death, another factor that lead me to hiphop and ultimately to beat making and production. So I owe this soundtrack a lot, and it still sounds so good. i feel like Curtis is often under appreciated in his field – his songs, vocals, production and guitar playing are all incredible. classic soundtrack.”

12) Ghost In The Shell

“Ok so i cheated a bit as it’s only just seen an official release thanks to the amazingly titled ‘we release whatever the fuck we want records’, and my pre-order hasn’t actually been delivered yet (special edition of course), and to clarify i’m referring to the masterpiece original anime score by Kenji Kawai. We don’t talk about US live action remakes around here, haha. One of the greatest anime OSTs of all time, beautiful, profound and unsettling in equal measure.”

Check out kidkanevil’s latest work here and links:

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