Quite simply, the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s "Drive" is one of the best of the past few years. Seamlessly blending Cliff Martinez‘s distinct, throbbing score with retro-future jams by Kavinsky, College, Chromatics, and Desire, the entire sonic palette helped inform the neon mood of the Ryan Gosling starring film. But what happens when you drape the movie with a bunch of random new music? Well, you’re about to find out.
BBC Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe has undertaken the task of rescoring "Drive," with Chvrches, Foals, SBTRKT, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, the 1975, Baauer, BANKS, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, the Neighbourhood, and ZCC (aka Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro) all tapped to provide new exclusive music. A 30-second trailer—with Lowe talking all over it—does preview a bit of what it will sound like, and, unsurprisingly, results may vary. Refn carefully crafted his film with the music inserted with laser like precision, and this effort plays it a bit looser.
If you’re curious how it all shakes out, BBC Three will air "Drive" on October 30th, with the option to switch between the Lowe-curated soundtrack and the original version. Check out the trailer below, but first hear "Get Away" by Chvrches, which appears in this project, and, in case you were wondering, has Refn’s support. No word yet if the Lowe soundtrack will get a separate release. [Pitchfork/DIY]