The Hunger Games Soundtrack Is The Best Movie Album Of The Year
The 14-track soundtrack might as well be the BBC Sound of 2015 list...
If there was any doubt about how many mates Lorde’s got, let The Hunger Games soundtrack put your mind to rest. It’s cram-jammed with hit makers, from Ariana Grande to Charli XCX, Grace Jones to Euro pop sensation Stromae.
Not since the Twilight franchise has such effort and promotion gone into a movie soundtrack, with a list of tracks commissioned especially for a film, and having Lorde as chief selector sums up what The Hunger Games has become: a book for teenagers whose appeal has leaked out to a much wider audience.
The inter-playlist crossover is pretty special, with Charli XCX appearing next to Simon Le Bon (from your mum’s favourite band Duran Duran) and 90s party legends The Chemical Brothers squiring R’n’B smoothie Miguel.
Pusha T’s lyrics skate over Meltdown, a clicky electro opener orchestrated by Dutch fingersmith Stromae. Q-Tip and Haim join the party to make it a nigh-on operatic introduction.
No stranger to collab’ing with pop stars, Lorde’s on-off pal Diplo regroups as Major Lazer to provide a tropical horn lead beat for Ariana Grande’s input - the result is a joyous ‘All My Love’ dancefloor banger.
MTV favourites Tinashe and Raury share a little of their soul on mellow tracks ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘The Leap’, both rich velvet slow jams that mark out Lorde’s ability to pin point stars who are rising faster than Russian meteors.
Lorde rounds of proceedings with a cover of Bright Eyes’ Ladder song, a simple ditty that showcases the fragile ache of her vocal ability. Giving the soundtrack a once over, which is now streamable on Spotify, makes us more excited than ever to watch the film.
Speaking of Mockingjay awesomeness, we sat down with the cast - J-Law, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and co - to chat about their funniest behind the scenes moment from filming. There are LOLs.