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.
The soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s new film, Isle of Dogs, has been announced, as Exclaim! pointed out. It will feature a score by composer Alexandre Desplat, pieces from Japanese films Seven Samurai and Drunken Angel and songs by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. The soundtrack is set to be out March 30th through ABKCO. Check out the tracklist on Amazon. The film will hit theaters on March 23rd.
Sade has recorded new music for the upcoming film adaptation of the novel, A Wrinkle in Time. Director Ava DuVernay announced it today via Twitter, writing, “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.” Find that tweet below.
The film will be in theaters on March 9th.
A hip-hop documentary called Word Is Bond is going to premiere on Showtime on Friday, February 16th. The network shared a trailer featuring Anderson .Paak discussing his influences tody. “I consider myself someone that’s coming up out of the hip-hop culture. And when I really was trying to write music, I thought I was going to be an MC. I thought I was going to be a gangster rapper,” he says. “I was influenced by Snoop and Dre, and there was nothing bigger than that.”
.Paak continues, “I love Radiohead’s stuff. I like sad white boy music, too. That stuff is all important to me, and it all goes into my artistry, but it’s coming from a hip-hop perspective. I feel like it’s coming from a drummer’s perspective.” Watch below.
Word Is Bond is directed by Sacha Jenkins and according to a press release, “the film explores the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop.” The documentary will also feature interviews with Nas, Pusha T, J. Cole, Rapsody, Big Daddy Kane, and others. Word Is Bond will premiere at 10 p.m. Eastern on Friday, February 16th.