I’ve always been a sucker for soundtracks, especially the ones with original music. Artists collectively showcasing their own interpretation for the film’s sound, new materials to quench us fans’ thirst between albums – it’s just great.
The Hunger Games has surely built quite a reputation in this department for producing some of the most popular soundtracks in the last few years. The franchise has given us in my opinion the best Taylor Swift song (with a little help from The Civil Wars) and some other fantastic collaborations, for instance, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Tedder in We Remain and Sia, The Weeknd and Diplo in Elastic Heart. The soundtrack from the latest instalment, Mockingjay – Part 1 is no different. It’s recruited the freshest, most exciting new voices from the current music scene, including Lorde, Tinashe, Tove Lo and Charli XCX as well as a few household names like Grace Jones and Kanye West.
Included in this soundtrack is my track of the week by Major Lazer and Ariana Grande, called All My Love. Formerly the myterious track when the tracklisting surfaced, it turns out that this Dance-pop smash is so much more than I’d wished for!! Take a listen below, if you like Grande’s Break Free, then you’re bound to love this!
This is a testament of the fact that Grande can do no wrong as her melodic, breathy vocals croon /All my love’s up on the mountain top/ over an electronic sound before it erupts into a tribal-esque beat breakdown.
The track has gathered a pretty interesting mix of creative talents. Apart from the ones already named above, New Zealand teen sensation Lorde and Danish songtress MØ are among those who share credits. Lyrically, the Hunger Games element is definitely much more apparent than the previous soundtracks and I think Lorde deserves a mention for her contribution in crafting most of the songs on this totally amazing record and giving me the most inspirational line ever in Yellow Flicker Beat,
/I never watch the stars, there’s so much down here/… Genius.