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12 killer film soundtracks

From Blade Runner to Trainspotting, electronic music has left a huge mark on the big screen

  • Dave Turner and Patrick Hinton
  • 18 May 2016
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Drive has one of the most talked about soundtracks in recent years. It seemed like everyone had heard it before even seeing the film, with social networks abuzz with rave reviews of the collection of tracks featuring original compositions from Cliff Martinez alongside cuts from a number of electronic artists. The combination of stunning cinematography and bouncy synth-led tracks throughout the film made for a simultaneously aurally and visually delighting experience. Despite the films' many scenes of graphic violence, the iconic opening credits depicting Ryan Gosling driving through a neon-tinted Los Angeles while the infectious pop of Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’ plays and the romantic scenes of falling in love soundtracked by College’s ‘A Real Hero’ stick out as the most memorable.


The Chemical Brothers had never been in charge of a soundtrack before this, but Ed Simons and Tom Rowlands expertly assisted this assassination thriller with supercharged beats and the type of razor-sharp instrumentals they've produced throughout their career. Though there are gentle moments for the slower parts of the film, 'Escape 700' is where The Chems really display some truly erratic behaviour.

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