Star Wars comp gets the green light, and the tracklisting is in another galaxy!
OK, this is actually happening now. A few months ago it was rumoured that there was going to be a Star Wars inspired compilation album simply titled Star Wars Headspace. You know like the Game of Thrones inspired Catch the Throne mixtapes that has seen Anthrax, Big Boi, Raquel Sofia, Kilo Kish, Method Man and Mastodon each contribute a GoT themed song. They were strong, but this is in another galaxy!
Putting the whole thing together is Rick Rubin. Apart from being one of the most in demand producers in the world, he also know how to curate an album. The 1987 soundtrack to Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero has always gets regular plays on the thisyearinmusic stereo, and Rubin was behind that, so this should be pretty special.
The fifteen track running order has just been announced and it’s pretty jaw dropping. Breakbot, Shag Kava, Bonobo, Shlohmo, Rustie, Claude Von Stroke have all thrown their songs in the mix. So far only three songs have been officially premiered, Baauer-Cantina Boys, a rare solo track from Rick Rubin called NR-G7 and Flying Lotus’ minimal R2 Where R U?
R2 Where R U? sounds like an awkward conversation between R2-D2 and R5-D4, set to music, before R5 gets picked by Uncle Owen and has a break down and well, the rest is history. Musically everything is kind of shapeless and in a constant state of wobbly flux, but the droid blips and beeps keep everything grounded and from floating off into deep space.
Star Wars Headspace is out digitally on February 19th and on that all important physical on March 18th.