We will get to the actual Tron: Legacy soundtrack in the next couple of days, as that, too has been nominated for a Grammy. For now, we're going to enjoy this album, from which one song was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. The song was Photek's remix of "End of Line."
If you're really curious, here's a little sampler Disney released for the album:
Now, if you for some reason have not seen the movie, the videos here will help give you a peak. Here's the first I've got for "Fall (Remixed by M83)."
No matter who does it, "The Grid (Remixed by The Crystal Method)" is one of my favorite tracks to come out of this movie. My roommate throws it on a lot in the car, and it's one that I never get sick of - this, or the original version. Maybe it's Jeff Bridges' voice? Not sure, but it's a great mix either way. It's more in line with the movie itself, I feel, than many of the other tracks are, probably because it's pulling directly from and into the film.
"The Son of Flynn (Remixed by Ki:Theory)" is kind of really interesting in parts, but the backing drives me nuts. I know, it's the same sort of backing beats that have been happening the entire album - sort of the main musical theme for Tron, but I don't like it with the upper pitches throughout too.
Classic club beat comes in for "C.L.U. (Remixed by Paul Oakenfold)." Love the motor sounds they're making in the beginning too though. And there's this Asian influence in some of the notes hitting a little more into it. While this isn't a track I'd probably listen to much, if at all, outside of this full album, it's just... interesting. We loose the club beat farther in, but elements are still overlapping in a way that trick the ears a bit. Constantly wondering what's going on here exactly.
"The Son of Flynn (Remixed by Moby)" is maybe the actual theme for the film - maybe I spoke too soon before. Yes, okay, I get it - this is the one that makes you think of this movie before anything else... okay, maybe other than Daft Punk themselves. Anywhos, this track as a very Moby-like quality to it. It's softer than most of the other experiences we've been having, and more trance-inducing than before. There's this odd spring sound that is driving my brain slightly crazy. Otherwise, I like his take on the track as a whole.
The first one of this, "End of Line (Remixed by Boys Noize)" is all right. It's somewhat overwhelming and doesn't bring much to love to the table for a new version of a song. I think there's too much going on too quickly and over-top of each element to really enjoy it. Every time you try to find the base of the song, you're distracted by something else, and then again by another thing.
"Rinzler (Remixed by Kaskade)" scares me at first by doing the same thing as the last song. But, I don't know, the chords here are a little more on the major side, and signify hope and upturn in the battle. Seriously, see the movie. Oh, and yay, club beat. However, if you kind of try to concentrate on the stuff that happened on screen, it's much easier to take. Actually, it's the best club-like music I've heard ever when I give it that kind of thought.
In perhaps the lightest and easiest listening son on the album, we get "Encom Part 2 (Remixed by Com Truise)." The the artist name by the way. Really though, and maybe it's because this has to do with reality, this is the least harsh on the ears, even with the electronic sounds throughout.
And now we're at the Grammy nomiated track, "End of Line (Remixed by Photek)." It's clearly a well done track to begin with, and, while so many of these tracks are done just as well, there is a little something extra to this song. I think it's the almost verse-chorus like quality that I didn't expect to hear. It feels more like a classically written song format than a remixed or scratched DJ work.
"Arena (Remixed by The Japanese Popstars)" irks me from the artist's name. I'll get over it. It's kind of got a cool face-off sound throughout though, like there's something definitely going down. The epic build up into a pause then resurgence of music helps things though. I was beginning to only hear it as background music for a little while.
Once again, we get the first track, done a little differently, in "Derezzed (Remixed by Avicii)." Something that does actually bug me about remix albums is that there's not really logical progression from track to track. Concept albums are easier for me because they essentially follow a story. Nonetheless, this treatment of the song is really fantastic, though not altogether fitting, given how upbeat and positive it seems.
"Solar Sailer (Remixed by Pretty Lights)" is really a pretty song, but there's something about the drop-off feel of beats that I can't stand, really, in any performance. However, the track remains fitting of the overall soundtrack, as well as the title.
Finally, we get the "Tron (End Titles) (Remixed by Sander Kleinerberg)." Sort of just a good general wrap up of about everything we've heard throughout the album. A good feeling mix with a beat that keeps it going right to the last second.
Added To My Playlist:
- "The Grid (Remixed by The Crystal Method)" - Spotify, YouTube
- "Adagio for TRON (Remixed by Teddybears)" - Spotify, YouTube
- "End of Line (Remixed by Photek)" - Spotify
- "Derezzed (Remixed by Avicii)" - Spotify, YouTube
FULL ALBUM SPOTIFY LISTEN LINK
This was a good time, exactly as expected. The tracks were all done with really great treatments by each artist that took them on. It was great to see Disney do something like this, and, not going to lie, pretty unexpected. Can't wait to do a listen-through of the original soundtrack too!