Spec Boogie’s “Requiem for a Dream”
When Spec Boogie first announced plans for “Summer Movie Season” — a project where he would record tracks based on his favourite films, using samples from their soundtracks for the beats and scene clips for the videos — I assumed it would be one of those things that sounds cooler than it actually is. You know, like rapping over Nintendo beats.
I felt his first installment was uninspired, based on Walter Hill’s The Warriors, and I assumed Spec would continue down the road of obvious choices. I was wrong, of course. Surprisingly, he followed up with an ode to Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands. I didn’t think the song worked as a whole, but it definitely was interesting, especially the use of scissor-snaps as high hats.
Now, with his most recent entry, Spec nails it. Based on Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, Spec’s latest is well-written and paired perfectly with the film’s agitated score. The track works on its own but sounds even better when laid over Aronofsky’s visuals. Extra points for mirroring the film’s devastating downward spiral ending.
I’ll be following this project either way, but here’s to hoping Spec continues to play off more left-field choices. By using films that don’t lend themselves so obviously to hip-hop, he could have something really cool and inventive on his hands.
[Spec Boogie’s “Requiem for a Dream” after the jump:]