Soundtrack Review: Turbo Kid

Soundtrack Review: Turbo Kid

Turbo Kid Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Turbo Kid by Le Matos.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 82.4
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Turbo Kid is a 2015 Canadian-New Zealand post-apocalyptic action horror sci-fi film directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell & Yoann-Karl Whissell and starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf and Michael Ironside. In a post-apocalyptic future, THE KID, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named APPLE. Despite their efforts to keep to themselves, ZEUS, the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland, plagues THE KID and APPLE. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, THE KID learns of justice and friendship and embarks on an incredible journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams. The score is composed by Le Matos.

Le Matos consists of Jean-Philippe Bernier and Jean-Nicolas Leupi and is a French Canadian electronic band from Montreal. The sounds are inspired by Vangelis, John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, Shuki Levy and Goblin. So you see, look at those “inspirations”. I’m super excited for this score which might rival Kung Fury as this year’s nostalgic kick. The album features 136 minutes of music, but the first 10 tracks is an album that inspired the score called “Chronicles Of The Wasteland” (or was it inspired from?). The actual score starts with ‘1997’ a beautiful soft synth piece and I feel the power of the 80s grab me once again. There’s a synth particularly near the end, deep and dark which creates a turmoil inside me. It’s amazing. This is just the beginning though. ‘Vicious Rat’ is sensational. The synth theme… wow. It hit me hard and I’m thinking that wow, I have 80 more delightful minutes to listen to.

I am happy to admit that I am powerless to the 80s synth, but of course you can’t just play randomly on an 80s synth and that’s it. No you have to master it, you have to give me great themes, great bass lines and awesome sounds. I’m afraid of this score and what it might do to my soundtrack index. It’s power I shouldn’t be messing with really, but I am and I can’t help loving every second of it. Scores like this and Kung Fury just feels incredible to me. Even though I live in 2015, I think my mind is stuck in the 80s. I have a wish of sometimes reliving it in all its glory and scores like this is the closest I’ll ever be. Is it better than Kung Fury? Fury is more varied perhaps and a little bit more refined, but Turbo Kid is longer, it has more and filled with beautiful dark 80s synth. Tough call. I don’t know right now which is the best, but I have seen Kung Fury the film and not Turbo Kid yet so that might be the deciding factor. I’ll definitely have to watch Turbo Kid now to even the scales. So just get this one which is one of my favourite scores of the year and one of the coolest scores I’ve heard in years.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. 1997
2. Vicious Rat *
3. The Arm Wrestler *
4. Personal Bubble
5. The Executioner
6. The Playground
7. The Good Plan *
8. Skeletron
9. Kid’s Dream *
10. Scavenging *
11. Blades & Fire
12. Bounty Hunter Vision
13. The Water Hunter
14. You’re It *
15. Viewmaster *
16. The Hunt
17. Our Last Hope *
18. Kid Suit Up *
19. Duel *
20. Pool Party *
21. 58 Minutes Pour Vivre (Pool Party Mix) *
22. The Escape
23. Kid’s Nightmare Pt. 1
24. Apple’s Hearts *
25. Going To The Videostore *
26. The Black Riders
27. Watching The Stars
28. Bagu’s Questionnaire
29. Highway 64 (OST Version) *
30. Robot Cemetery
31. Kid’s Nightmare Pt. 2
32. Like Faith Or Some Shit (OST Version) *
33. The Standoff
34. Eyes Throat Genitals (OST Version) *
35. Playtime Is Over (OST Version) *
36. Skeletron’s Last Stand *
37. CC–1–11
38. Last Breath (OST Version) *
39. Tequila Sunrise (OST Version) *
40. 88mph (Bagu’s Bar Mix) *

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Soundtrack Review: Turbo Kid, 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

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