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The 10 Best Soundtracks Of 2016 So Far

2016 has given us a feast for the eyes, and the ears! Here are our favourite soundtracks from the first half of the year.





Words by Eric Hillis (@hilliseric)


The Assassin


Hou Hsiao-Hsien's subdued martial arts flick favoured atmosphere over action, but its score by Giong Lim is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going.



Sing Street


The feel good Irish '80s set drama featured some great original songs. 'Drive It Like You Stole It' is the highlight.



High-Rise


Ben Wheatley's much anticipated adaptation of JG Ballard's cult novel may be 2016's biggest disappointment, but Clint Mansell's score delivered in spades.



Midnight Special


Jeff Nichols' sci-fi thriller owed much to John Carpenter, as did David Wingo's brooding score.



10 Cloverfield Lane


Composer Bear McCreary is best known for his TV work, but his score for the mysterious 10 Cloverfield Lane is as sweeping and cinematic as you could wish for.



Disorder


Electronic outfit Gesaffelstein provided a creepy synth score that perfectly matched Alice Winocour's off-kilter paranoid thriller.



Victoria


The vast majority of Victoria's running time is music free, but when Nils Frahm's score does turn up, it makes for one of the year's most memorable scenes, as the film's protagonists lose themselves in wild abandon in a dingy Berlin club.



The Neon Demon


Nicolas Winding Refn's ongoing collaboration with former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez continues to be a fruitful one. The Neon Demon's score is a big contributing factor to its effectiveness in immersing you in its world.



Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)


A mediocre movie, but the French are really knocking it out of the park with their electronic scores in recent years. This one comes courtesy of White Sea, a solo project of M83 vocalist Morgan Kibby.



Suburra


And speaking of M83, their score for this fantastic gangster epic added immensely to its Michael Mann vibe, washing over the neon and rain-soaked Rome streets.


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