M.I.A.’s documentary MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.was released in September to theaters. The film is now available to purchase online via iTunes and other digital retailers as of Today. The documentary is directed by Stephen Loveridge and was scored by Paul Hicks and Dhani Harrison. It shows a look into M.I.A.’s life as an artist with personal footage spanning over the course of her childhood to present day. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year where it was the winner of the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award.
Watch the trailer below.
Kamasi Washington is set to debut a new short film at Sundance 2019.The short, titled, As Told To G/D Thyself, is directed by a collective called the Ummah Chroma, which features Washington, Bradford Young, Terence Nance,, Jenn Nkiru, and Marc Thomas. It’s inspired by the music of Washington’s latest album, Heaven and Earth. Check out the film poster below.
Bon Iver has released a new song called “Do You Need Power? (Walk Out Music)” in the Creed II soundtrack. Listen to the track and the rest of the soundtrack below. The soundtrack was produced by Mike WiLL Made It, and has music from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Young Thug, Pharrell Williams, Nas. Creed II will be released on November 21st.
Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi’s scores for many Studio Ghibli’s most loved films are being issued on vinyl for the first time. On a listing on Bleep, Tokuma will release vinyl editions of the scores to Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, and Castle in the Sky.
Tokuma is also releasing a “sound book” of the Totoro score, which will feature “songs from the score re-recorded on violin, guitar and flute,” as well as symphonic versions of the scores for Nausicaä and Castle in the Sky. The reissues will be released in November.
Thom Yorke participated in a panel at this year’s Venice Film Festival for his soundtrack for the upcoming Luca Guadagnino-directed horror remake of Suspiria. In an Instatgram clip (below) Yorke had compared his process of composing to “making spells.”
“There’s a way of repeating in music which can hypnotize, and I kept thinking to myself it was a form of making spells. So when I was working in my studio, I was making spells—and that sounds really stupid but that’s how I was thinking about it,” he said. “It was a sort of freedom I’d not had before: I’m not working in the format of a song or arrangement, I’m just exploring. I’m putting things out into my studio and seeing what my studio is bringing back.”
The soundtrack for Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley’s directorial debut, has been shared. The album is credited to his Oakland hip-hop group The Coup and has appearances from the film’s star Lakeith Stanfield, Tune-Yards,who scored the film, Janelle Monáe, Killer Mike, and more. Listen to it below. Sorry to Bother You is in theaters now.
Mitski and Xiu Xiu have put their forces together for a new song titled “Between the Breaths” for a film soundtrack. Listen to it below. It is from the soundtrack for John Cameron Mitchell’s upcoming sci-fi comedy film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on Neil Gaiman’s short story. The film is set to be released in the states on May 18th.