Much of the press about the new Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage has focused on the use of music within the series. How music is used to define the tone and feel of the show. The episode names are all Gang Starr song titles. Not only is the score used throughout the series, much of it consists of actual performances within the show. There’s even a live performance TONIGHT (which you can read more about HERE).
And tomorrow, Friday, October 6, the Luke Cage soundtrack will be released through digital retailers, streaming services (Editor Note: It has actually been available via Spotify for a few days), and, from Mondo, a double album edition pressed in “180 gram ‘Power Man Yellow’ colored vinyl” with jacket artwork by “Matthew Woodson.
According to Mondo’s website:
We’re excited to unveil the soundtrack for Marvel’s Luke Cage with collectible artwork of the bulletproof hero by Matthew Woodson. Composers Adrian Younge (Something About April) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) have combined forces to produce one of the best scores of 2016 featuring an inspired, genre-bending blend of orchestral score and 90s hip-hop beats, filtered through the sonic lens of the works of Ennio Morricone.
It’s no surprise that the score hovers in the same terrain of the Spaghetti Western soundtracks of Morricone – the narrative of Luke Cage plays out like a modern Western, only set in Harlem. Younge and Muhammad have meticulously crafted one of the most unique sonic landscapes in the history of television.
In addition, the announcement includes a statement from Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad that hints at their artistic aims when putting together this score:
We sought to create a score that reflects the world of Luke Cage. We see this world as a place where classic cinema meets classic Hip Hop.
The album will be available tomorrow starting at 12:00 PM CST at mondotees.com for only $35.00.