From The National to Vampire Weekend: Hot Corn’s playlist

The best songs and scores listened to this week by the editorial staff

THE REVENGE – Lorne Balfe. From Pacific Rim: Uprising

The movie is the upcoming sequel to 2013’s action adventure film Pacific Rim. Directed by Steven S. DeKnight and starring John Boyega, Uprising picks up ten years after the conclusion of the first movie. It follows a next generation of Jaeger pilots lead by Jake Pentecost (Boyega). The score was composed by Lorne Balfe (The Lego Batman Movie), protégé of the legendary Hans Zimmer. Bombastic and powerful, Lorne’s score roars to life through an army of strings with an electronic edge, and looms every bit as large as the monsters and machines on screen.

UN BACIO – Carlo Rustichelli. From Alfredo, Alfredo. 

Directed in 1972 by Pietro Germi and starring Dustin Hoffman and Stefania Sandrelli. Alfredo (Hoffman) works in a bank and is in love with a pharmacist named Mariarosa (Sandrelli). With the help of a friend, he is able to start a relationship with Mariarosa and marry her. But Mariarosa’s tendency to be possessive reaches extremes and causes Alfredo to lose his independence. When Mariarosa becomes pregnant, she sends him to sleep in the basement, but at least he’s able to get back his freedom. The movie’s score was composed by Carlo Rustichelli, the italian composer best known for his OSTs for the films Seduced and Abandoned, Divorce Italian Style and The Birds, The Bees, and The Italians, all directed by Germi.


The NBC drama series created by Dan Fogelman has reached its second season. The show stars an ensemble cast and follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall, and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson, played by Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore. The second season, consisting of 18 episodes, is full of music. We’ve chosen a song, The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, by the American indie rock band from Cincinnati founded by Matt Berninger. The track was released as the lead single for their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast.

FLOWER FOLLOWS – Joseph Stephens. From Flower. 

The comedy-drama directed by Max Winkler premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and stars Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Tim Heidecker and Adam Scott.  Erica (Deutch) is a 17-year-old girl living with her single mom and her new boyfriend in San Fernando Valley. When Bob’s mentally unbalanced son Luke (Morgan) arrives from rehab to live with the family, Erica finds her domestic and personal life turned usside down. With Luke and her friends Erica decides to expose a dark secret of high-school teacher Will (Scott). Joseph Stephens wrote the movie score using mostly percussion in a really fresh and funny way.

EK DIL EK JAAN – Sanchit Balhara. From Padmaavat 

This period drama film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the epic poem Padmavat by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, is one of the most expensive Indian films ever made. The film score is composed by Sanchit Balhara while the songs are composed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The soundtrack has been released by T-Series and comprises six songs. One of them, Ek Dil Ek Jaan, a love ballad featuring Padmavat (Deepika Padukone) and Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) is performed by Indian artist Shivam Pathak.

MEAN STREETS – Peter Bernstein. From 21 Jump Street 

The show focused on Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) and his band of agents in the special Jump Street division who would go undercover to infiltrate local schools and put a stop to crime to keep students safe from corrupt influences. 21 Jump Street was among the fledgling Fox TV network’s biggest breakout hits. Like everything else about the show, the score became something new in the history of television. The music itself was also revolutionary in how it was recorded. Bernstein composed anywhere between 12 and 20 minutes of music per episode, working from his home studio set up in his spare bedroom, using mostly samples, a bank of synthesizers, with an occasional acoustic overdub.

COUSINS – Vampire Weekend. From Peter Rabbit. 

Based on the stories created by English writer, illustrator and natural scientist Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit is a 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film directed by Will Gluck. The movie stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill, with the voices of James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie and Elizabeth Debicki. Dominic Lewis wrote the original score but the movie’s soundtrack also includes a long list of famous songs. One of our favourite track is Vampire Weekend’s Cousins. The song is the first single from their second album, Contra, and the music video was directed by Garth Jennings.

SIMON AND BLUE – Rob Simonsen. From Love, Simon. 

 Love, Simon, based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is a romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The story is about a young gay teenager, Simon Spier, who has fallen in love with a classmate online and is attemping to discover his identity. The American film composer Rob Simonsen, best known for his work in The Spectacular Now and The Age of Adaline, wrote the movie’s score. An 80’s sounds created with electronic elements, percussions and synth.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW? – Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury.

Alex Garland’s Annihilation is one of the most talked-about films of the year, and that also extends to the score by Ivor Novello Award-winning and Emmy nominated composer Ben Salisbury and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. In the movie, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac, and follows a group of military scientists who enter the Shimmer, a mysterious quarantined zone full of mutating landscapes and creatures. In Annihilation the duo create an orchestral composition with a touch of acoustic guitar and electronis elements.

L’ARBITRO – Guido e Maurizio De Angelis. From L’arbitro.

 A new Four Flies Records volume dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and unreleased soundtracks and library music from Italy. The result is a deep journey into the secret history of Italian Library music, dedicated to sounds that were designed for a cityscape pervaded with action, car-chases, and high-tension scenes set in smoky nightclubs. Jazz-funk, deep breaks, prog and psych flavors from some of the most hip names from the Italian scene: Alessandro Alessandroni, Piero Piccioni, Carlo Pes and I Marc 4, Sandro Brugnolini.

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