Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)...original soundtrack

"Lola Rennt" (Lola Runs) is a high speed chase story set on a summer midday in Berlin. It is told from three different perspectives and is driven by a pumping techno soundtrack co-composed by the film's direct Tom Tykwer. The whole album is a pulsating electronic speed trip that owes as much to Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" as to the drummers of Miles Davis' electric phase and the trip hop phantasies of Portishead and Massive Attack. It got the Berlin techno groove down to a populist point that makes it bearable to a wider audience without betraying it's roots.

This is one of those soundtracks that make the film a lot more interesting and valuable, providing the whole atmosphere of speed along with the dynamic images. One can virtually feel the "movement" of the body of Lola and the neccessity to run outside when the first beat of this excellent soundtrack knocks you on the head.

1. Believe - Franka Potente
2. Introduction - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
3. Running One - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
4. Supermarket - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
5. Running Two - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
6. Running Three - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
7. Casino - Tykwer/Klimek/Heil
8. Somebody Has To Pay - Susie Van Der Meer
9. Wish (Komm Zu Mir) - Franka Potente & Thomas D
10. Introduction (Remix) - Sun Electric
11. Supermarket (Super Clemek Remix) - Clemek
12. Running One (Large Mix) - Lee Spencer and Johnny Klimek
13. Running Two (Remix) - Operation Phoenix
14. Casino (Solid State Remix) - Tommi Eckart
15. (Big) Wish - Franka Potente and Thomas D


Sunday, August 11, 2013

La Femme Nikita: Original Motion Picture by Eric Serra

This is one Eric Serra soundtrack in which each track not only fits the scenes in the film perfectly but also evoke images of rich visuals and emotions for the listener. Serra is at his best with this pounding, exciting soundtrack that is a mixture of deep bass, offbeat guitar chords and the beautiful alto sax of Gilbert Dall'Anese. It makes a great listen for writing, driving, or activities where you need some adrenalin flowing!

The sleevenotes give little away, besides saying that the music is performed by the mysterious RXRA, presumably a Parisian studio band. The whole soundtrack has a metallic, late 80s feel to it. There are Lyle Mays-like synthesizer flutters here and there, but it otherwise seems wonderfully disconnected from the rest of the world, in the way that so much French music is.

1. Rico's Gang Suicide
2. Playing On Saucepans
3. As Cold As Ice
4. The Sentence
5. Paradise
6. Failed Escape
7. Learning Time
8. A Smile
9. Fancy Face
10. First Night Out
12. The Last Time I Kiss You
13. The Free Side
14. I Am On Duty
15. Josephine And The Big Dealer
16. Mission In Venice
17. Fall
18. Let's Welcome Victor
19. Last Mission
20. We Will Miss You
21. The Dark Side Of Time