What if you took all the nostalgia, whimsy, and wonder of Star Wars and aligned those feelings to electronic/EDM music?
You’re either drooling at the thought, or desperately trying to click off the page. If it’s the latter, I beg you to stay.
Over the past few weeks a co-worker has been patiently encouraging me to listen to Star Wars Headspace, a remarkable album, inspired by the new film, featuring 15 tracks from your favorite techno artists, including Flying Lotus, Rick Rubin, Röyksopp, Kaskade, A-Trak, and Claude VonStroke. It took me a good minute to pause and listen, and I am so thankful I did. The results are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
I’m admittedly not a die-head Star Wars fan. Sure, I’ve seen all the movies, but I couldn’t tell you the difference between an anooba and whatever lives on Naboo. I can confidently share that this album of robotic hums and glitches is startlingly beautiful.
In an interview with Beats 1, Flying Lotus shared that the participating producers were provided access to a database of Star Wars sound bites and encouraged to put their own spin on things, which is why these memorable techno tracks are glistening with C-3PO-esque clicks and other familiar space sounds.
I’ve decided to spotlight my favorite track by British musician, producer and DJ, Bonobo. I’m most familiar with Bonobo's previous work, so his unpronounceable track was the first I heard. “Ghomrassen” is just over five minutes of whirring, celestial beats. It’s incredibly soothing, colorful, and worth every second of your attention.
Whether you’re a die hard wookie lover or a tranced-out teen, I’m confident you will find a love a song on this album. Enjoy the exploration and wherever The Force leads your ears.