David Ayer drafted in some big hitters for his first movie since 'Suicide Squad'
Even if you thought Suicide Squad was nothing but a badly-written, lurid piece of superhero nonsense, you can’t deny it had a stellar soundtrack. Tunes by Kanye West, The White Stripes and Eminem dovetailed perfectly on a party-hard playlist that set movie-goers’ pulses racing. However, none of the tracks selected were original, whereas director David Ayer’s latest film, Bright, is stuffed with brand new songs from some of your favourite artists. It’s set in a mystical world where man, orc and elf live side by side, and Will Smith stars as a human cop forced to work with an orc on a mission that soon goes awry. Luckily, the music is less sci-fi fantasy and more chart-ready. Here are 10 huge bangers written especially for it.
Bastille – ‘World Gone Mad’
This song’s been out for a while, but it was commissioned by Netflix specifically for the movie. The track flickers into life with some gentle acoustic guitar-strumming before Dan Smith’s falsetto vocals take things to another, altogether more epic, level. The video is suitably apocalyptic too.
Logic & Rag’n’bone Man – ‘Broken People’
This blues-flavoured rap-ballad takes the pop-smash formula of Rory Graham’s ‘Human’ and furnishes it with slick bars and boom bap beats. It’s like Logic and Rag’n’Bone Man were born to make music together.
Migos & Marshmello – ‘Danger’
Buckethead meets hip-hop head in this unlikely team-up of 2017’s biggest breakout stars. Perfect for the strip club shoot-out scene in Bright‘s mid-section, ‘Danger’ is one part trap jam, one part electro-pop anthem and all parts total banger.
A$AP Rocky & Tom Morello – ‘FTW (Fuck The World)’
If you woke up this morning and thought, ‘what the world needs right now is a Rage Against The Machine x A$AP Mob supergroup’, then this should sort of satisfy you. ‘FTW (Fuck The World)’ riffs its way into hard rock-rap being and doesn’t stop raising the roof until its very loud, very fun ending.
alt-J – ‘Hares On The Mountain’
There’s plenty of the supernatural in Bright and most of it is soundtracked by creepy, ethereal noises that sound a lot like alt-J. For one song, it even is alt-J. ‘Hares On The Mountain’ is all brooding synths and whispered vocals and provides the perfect backdrop for Noomi Rapace and her elf villain’s mind-blowing display of magical power.
DRAM & Neil Young – ‘Campfire’
Wait, what? Smooth R&B crooner DRAM did a song with crusty, old folkster Neil Young? Hats off to Bright‘s music supervisor for making that happen. It’s not bad either – Young’s caribbean-flecked guitar licks mesh nicely with DRAM’s silky-smooth vocals to create an unlikely genre-bending jam.
Camila Cabello & Grey – ‘Crown’
Spanish chart-busting sensation Camila Cabello is back – and she wants you to know she’s no one hit wonder. Her new collab with LA duo Grey stands testament to that. Cabello’s sugary vocals float over the top of eastern-flavoured piano and plucked strings to create a vibrant blend of genres that never fails to thrill.
Bright is out on Netflix on December 22
Bright: The Album is out now on Atlantic Records