Babylon Central [CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition] Soundtrack
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ESL Music is pleased to announce the release of Babylon
Central The DVD film and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
CD to the film in one package.
The directorial debut from Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation,
Babylon Central is an original screenplay and film, shot on
location in Washington, DC. The film stars Joe Steger, Neda
Zahrie, and W. Ellington Felton, and a musical score created by
Hilton in the style of his record label, ESL Music.
Sebastian James is a courier by day and aspiring DJ by night.
When he fails to deliver an important package for his boss,
public relations guru Julian Gold, Seb finds himself an unwitting
participant in an economic power-play with a Saudi Prince as
the Saudi government attempts to divest from the US dollar. As
Seb begins to fall for the Prince s daughter, his friends are
dragged into the conflict. Throughout his struggle, the dark
powers that operate in Washington, DC (modern-day Babylon)
are revealed, and the Achilles heel of the US Empire is exposed
Top customer reviews
This soundtrack is for the film 'Babylon Central,' a project of Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. I have a few Thievery Corporation albums but this soundtrack caught me off guard. Their music is really a mix of classic roots reggae and rock that I would call politically aware. This soundtrack mixes a lot of musical styles, including roots, rockers, alternative, jazz and rock.
The vocal tracks are bookended on the album. "Leaving Babylon" is a classically styled reggae tune from former hardcore pioneers Bad Brains. "Hang On In There" is a soulful positive tune from Mike Kirkland. There's an interesting tempo shift in the middle of the song that is reminiscent of Sly and the Family Stone's "Family Affair." Max Romeo's "I Chase The Devil" is a great reggae tune that has a catchy melody and thought provoking lyrics. And Thievery Corporations "Amerimacka" is a nice sounding remix of a great tune more in keeping with their albums.
Some tracks are only "quasi-instrumentals" and include some vocals as mood elements. "79 Rock" has more of a modern dancehall reggae flavor, with some vocal flurries peppered throughout. "Rockers Galore" mixes some club beats in too along with the titular rockers baseline and some samples. Halfway though the song, there is a break before some looping vocals kick in. "Paz" by Troubleman is a cool ambient tune with a haunting Portuguese vocal. And "Promise Me" has a bluesy soulful vocal over an equally haunting instrumental section.
But the lion's share of music here is made up of a number of really good instrumentals. They run the gamut of musical genres from reggae to house music. "Hung Up On My Baby" is a chill reggae instrumental of a song with a classic melody. "Freedom" has more of a club music feel with some Fela Kuti styled horns thrown in for good measure. In fact a few tracks reminded me of classic Fela Kuti, including Thievery Corporation's "Coming From The Top" with its brass section intro and BCSS's "Putney" with its reggae rhythm and trumpet flurries. Their "Shiva" is more in the Acoustic Alchemy vein with some brief Hindi sprinkled in the middle.
"Come Live With Me" is more of a rock instrumental with a dreamy piano undertone, while "Flinto" is more of a classic Jazz tune.
This is an incredibly well produced soundtrack that might very well make it onto several best-of lists. This could certainly be considered a reggae album, though it fits in nicely in the alternative and indie categories and is destined to be on the list of world music aficionados. Most importantly, this soundtrack's diversity might be reason for some of these songs getting played in clubs where Thievery Corporation could find new audiences for their music.
This is definitely recommended.
Seb is a blunt-smoking messenger working for the P.R. firm of Julian Gold. After experiencing a life-changing backpacking trek through southern Europe, he's learned not to stress out over life and just focus on his DJ music and vinyl album collecting. But his attraction to a Saudi royal princess is going to draw him into a deadly world of danger far above his economic station.
His doper friends turn out to not be as stoned as he thought, they are well-educated on the powers of the world and the true monetary nature of America's foreign policy. There is just enough truth in the conspiracy theories of his friends to make sense. At least, Saudi manipulation of currency is fictional, right? Things are not so simple as they seem, especially in Washington D.C.
For fans of Thievery Corporation, the soundtrack selection is featured throughout the movie. A surprise is that you'll get a lot more familiar tracks from their best albums in little incidental scenes. The star even had an "Amerimacka" ringtone that always cracked me up. There's some good humor in this movie at key points, as well as danger and the excitement of a new love. Can Seb handle DJing, dating into a dangerous family, and not tick off the Vice President of the United States in the process? Watch it and see.
The themes of the movie are largely about the ties of the Bush Administration to Big Oil. But the movie sadly is still sharply spot-on and topical, as the current president is also part of the same corporate power structure. It's just the Seb's friends won't be participating in any peace protests anytime soon. But everything else is the same in America's deadly game of world economics. Food for thought, taking the audience from the lows of individual DJs just trying to get by, up to the power brokers that control the world's money. It could be a dizzying trip, but it's fun and thought-provoking throughout.
I could see nothing in this film that's inaccurate. It's a fun story, and the themes and issues raised will stand the test of time. Better than any political thriller that Hollywood has put out in decades, see it!