God of War by Bear McCreary

Bear McCreary: God of War - game score album cover Everything about the God of War game score is gorgeous, enthralling choral elements with a wonderful soloist, well-chosen instrumentation, and an exquisite set of melodies. Somehow Bear McCreary's music turns a mythical world into something totally believable. More...

Into the Spider-Verse by Dan. Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - film score album cover That Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is doing so well at the box-office and animation awards, is at least partly down to the film score by Daniel Pemberton. This brings the DJ turntable into film music like never before - highly recommended. More...

Best Film Scores of 2018

Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman - album cover Sean Wilson looks back over the last 12 months to pick his Top 10 Film Scores of 2018. Established composers and rising stars have been inspired by the breadth of film making talent both on and behind the screen across a wide range of genres, making the final selection particularly difficult. More...

Scraper: First Strike by Winifred Phillips

Scraper: First Strike by Winifred Phillips - game score album cover Scraper: First Strike is the first in a planned series of 5 VR games. The soundtrack by award-winning composer Winifred Phillips captures the game's Cyberpunk feel together with its diverse gameplay from sci-tech atmospheres during RPG exploration to full blown shooter action. More...

Ocean's 8 by Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton: Ocean's 8 - film score album cover Following an 11 year gap, the ocean franchise continues with Ocean's 8 featuring an all female gang and a daring heist. Composer Daniel Pemberton provides the good-humoured and engaging music in a jazz lounge style, chillout but with a propulsive energy! More...

Doctor Who Series 9 by Murray Gold

Murray Gold: Doctor Who Series 9 - boxset album cover After a long and very successful period with the show, Murray Gold has left the world of Doctor Who Music. But his long delayed Series 9 boxset is now available. This comes on 4 discs in total, with disc 3 devoted to Gold's astonishing music for the Hugo-nominated episode "Heaven Sent"! More...

Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: Isle of Dogs - film score album cover Isle of Dogs is an unconventional stop-motion animation by Wes Anderson, and the director turns again to Alexandre Desplat for an equally eccentric score. As with Fantastic Mr. Fox, Desplat's music delights in quirky instrumentation, in this case including taiko drums reflecting the Japanese setting. More...

Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri

Alan Silvestri: Ready Player One - film score album cover Alan Silvestri is the perfect composer for Spielberg's Ready Player One. His score effortlessly takes us back to the 80s with sly touches of Back to Future and other genre movies, but the score's sense of period homage is carefully balanced to allow its own identity to shine. More...

Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood

Jonny Greenwood: Phantom Thread - film score album cover Phantom Thread is up for several Oscars including Best Original Score for composer Jonny Greenwood, working again with director Paul Thomas Anderson and chameoleonic actor Daniel Day Lewis. Greenwood's music is frequently sublime and gets to the heart of the characters and their story arc. More...

The Shape of Water - Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Desplat: The Shape of Water - film score album cover Despite the apparently simple story The Shape of Water is a complex movie with many facets and layers. Alexandre Desplat's music is instrumentally diverse, narratively appropriate, romantic, terrifying, exciting and otherwordly, serving the movie well and also standing on its own as a rich listening experience. More...

Dumbo by Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman: Dumbo - film score album cover For Tim Burton's reimaging of Disney classic Dumbo, the soundtrack has predictably remained true to the original songs, but composer Danny Elfman's film score is thoroughly well crafted giving many musical moments to enjoy. More...

Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman

Marc Shaiman: Mary Poppins Returns - film score album cover Mary Poppins Returns ticks all the right boxes in this vibrant sequel to the 1964 film. Composer Marc Shaiman delivers on the Score and Songs, with lyrics co-written by Scott Wittman. His musical extravaganza delivers all the fun and magic with a large Spoonful of Sugar. More...

Mary Queen of Scots by Max Richter

Max Richter: Mary Queen of Scots - film score album cover Mary Queen of Scots tells the story of the power struggle between the Scottish Queen and her cousin, England's Queen Elizabeth I. The film score by Max Richter speaks not only of regal majesty but also of love and violence set amidst troubling times. More...

Ralph Breaks the Internet by H. Jackman

Henry Jackman: Ralph Breaks the Internet - film score album cover Ralph Breaks the Internet continues the adventures of Ralph and Vanellope, as they leap from their arcade world into the Internet. Returning composer Henry Jackman delivers a great score, blending his solid orchestral foundation with game music electronica and some further music treats! More...

Varèse Sarabande 40th Anniversary

Varèse Sarabande - 40th anniversary concert with the RSNO Film Music Record Label Varèse Sarabande have celebrated their 40th Anniversary with two Concerts in Scotland, with Scotland's National Orchestra the RSNO and RSNO Chorus conducted by Diego Navarro. The event featured many guests, Composers and Soloists, and was presented by the Label's own Robert Townson. More...

Humans Series 2 & 3 by Sarah Warne

Sarah Warne: Humans Series 2 and 3 - TV score album cover Taking over from "Cristo" who scored Series 1 and created the theme music, composer Sarah Warne has continued to provide incidental music for the TV drama Humans Series 2 & 3 in the same genre, with electronic music being the perfect way to accompany android "synths" with very human emotions. More...

Incredibles 2 by Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino: Incredibles 2 - film score album cover We've waited 14 years for a sequel to Pixar animation The Incredibles, and its engaging film score from composer Michael Giacchino. Now that Incredibles 2 is on general release, how does its music compare with the original movie? More...

Polaris Duo: Illuminate

Polaris Duo: Illuminate - album cover The Polaris Duo have been performing since 2011, playing the unusual combination of Saxophone and Harp. Now they have released their first album Illuminate to showcase their talents with a wide repertoire covering CPE Bach to contemporary composers such as Andy Scott. A unique sound and highly recommended. More...

Red Sparrow by James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard: Red Sparrow - film score album cover James Newton Howard has already shown his versatility, but Red Sparrow is an usual score even by his standards. Half the score is dark and suspenseful, very Russian sounding and Herrmannesque in places. The rest of the score seems rooted in dance, with ballet music and a substantial dark waltz. But these all blend together well to make an excellent score. More...

Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson

Ludwig Göransson: Black Panther - film score album cover There's no denying the huge cultural impact of Black Panther, but it is also one of the best MCU films to date. Sonically there are the songs of Kendrick Lamar but the movie's soul is owned by its score. Composer Ludwig Göransson spent a month in Senegal absorbing the culture and musical colours, and the result is an exotic and diverse soundscape which does the movie justice. More...

Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express

Patrick Doyle: Murder on the Orient Express - film score album cover Patrick Doyle has worked with Kenneth Branagh many times since 1989. Murder on the Orient Express is their latest collaboration, and Doyle's score works well in the film with ethnic touches, action music, jazz cues, a strong lyrical element and a song performed by Michelle Pfeiffer. More...

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