'The Get Down' Soundtrack Is An Inspired Addition To The Netflix Series
Netflix's newest original series is The Get Down, a musical drama following teenagers coming of age in New York City's Bronx neighborhood in the 1970s. As viewers may expect, The Get Down soundtrack is going to be a must-listen if you're planning on watching the show co-executive produced by Nas and Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. But, if you're wondering where to find The Get Down soundtrack, I've got you covered with all the info you'll need to know.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The Get Down soundtrack is exclusive to Apple Music upon its release on August 12 (the same day as the series' first six episodes debut on Netflix). However, if you don't have an Apple Music subscription, you will be able to purchase either the standard or deluxe version of the album through the iTunes store. As reported by Pitchfork, Luhrmann said the soundtrack will embody the genre and styles of time period in which the show takes place:
This album is an introduction to the many musical genres and styles that can be heard in The Get Down, which is really a story of New York in the late ’70s, an incredibly fertile time of creativity amid chaos. While our production is a musical that embodies many classic hits, we also use contemporary sounds and techniques connecting the dots between then and now.
Like Moulin Rouge before it, The Get Down soundtrack will include plenty of contemporary artists like Jaden Smith (who also co-stars in the series), Christina Aguilera, Zayn, Nas, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Michael Kiwanuka, Leon Bridges, Raury, and Grandmaster Flash among others. If you're a movie and music buff, you'll probably remember Aguilera worked with Luhrmann on the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, singing on the "Lady Marmalade" single along with Pink, Mya, and Lil' Kim — because who could forget that 2001 jam?
But, The Get Down soundtrack won't include new songs only, 1970s disco classics like Donna Summer's "Bad Girls," Fatback Band's "(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop," and Garland Jeffreys' "Wild In the Streets" will also appear on the deluxe edition. Prior to the official release of The Get Down soundtrack, Apple Music debuted a few of the original songs from the soundtrack including Miguel's "Cadillac," Raury and Jaden Smith's "Losing Your Mind," and Janelle Monáe's "Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)."
OK have I teased you enough with some snippets from the soundtrack? Here's the full listing of The Get Down soundtrack deluxe edition, including songs sung by cast members that will appear in the show:
- “Welcome To the Get Down” by Jaden Smith
- “Rule the World (I Came From the City)” by Michael Kiwanuka
- “Cadillac” by Miguel
- “Losing Your Mind” by Raury and Jaden Smith
- “You Can’t Hide/You Can’t Hide From Yourself (Touch of Class GMF Remix)” by Zayn, Teddy Pendergrass, and Grandmaster Flash
- “Black Man in a White World (Ghetto Gettysburg Address)" by Michael Kiwanuka
- “Shaolin’s Theme/Pray” by Malay and 6Lack
- “Ball of Confusion” by Leon Bridges
- “Think (About It)" by Lyn Collins
- “(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop/Suga” by The Fatback Band and With You
- “Telepathy” by Christina Aguilera
- “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer
- “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)” by Janelle Monáe
- “Devil’s Gun” by C.J. & Co.
- “Wild In the Streets” by Garland Jeffreys
- “Que Lio” by Héctor Lavoe
- “Just You, Not Now (Love Theme)” by Grace
- “This Ain’t No Fairy Tale” by Justice Smith as Ezekiel Figuero
- “Be That As It May” by Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
- “Get Down Brothers vs Notorious 3” by The Get Down Brothers (Skylan Brooks, TJ Brown, Jr., Jaden Smith, Justice Smith & Shameik Moore)
- “Kipling Theme” by Kamasi Washington
- “Set Me Free” by Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
- “Up the Ladder” by Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz and Justice Smith as Ezekiel Figuero
- “Zeke’s Poem (I Am the One)” by Justice Smith as Ezekiel Figuero
So if you're feeling the music in The Get Down — or even if you're feeling the music in the trailer of The Get Down — don't worry, the soundtrack will be available for you to listen to on repeat once you've finished binge-watching the first half of the show's Season 1. If you need me on August 12, I'll be either on a Netflix watching marathon of The Get Down or Apple Music listening binge of its soundtrack.
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