Star Wars Headspace is a new Rick Rubin-helmed compilation that isn’t merely a tribute to the seven-volume space epic. The collection is composed from the essence of Star Wars, as each of its producers were given free reign to re-appropriate the sound effects and dialogue of the canonical film franchise. In addition to Rubin, who contributes a rare song under his own name, Star Wars Headspace employs marquee artists such as Flying Lotus, GTA, Baauer, Rustie, A-Trak, Röyksopp, Kaskade, and Shlohmo to build beats from Chewbacca’s growls, R2-D2’s bloops, and Darth Vader’s raspy breaths.
“I feel real close to these sounds,” said Flying Lotus, speaking during an interview with Beats 1‘s Zane Lowe about being asked to participate. He’s not the only one who feels that way, as Star Wars has been an inspiration for more than a generation of creators and its sounds are every bit as influential as its visuals and storylines.
“The record crackles with adolescent exuberance, thanks to a well-chosen roster of producers. Neither stale tribute nor sloppy lovefest, Headspace aims for simple fun and hits it square, like a T-16 targeting womp rats back on Tatooine.”
Recommended Tracks: Track 2, “Help Me!” by GTA, Track 11, “R2 Where R U?” by Flying Lotus, Track 4, “Cantina Boys” by Baauer, Track 3, “Force” by Troyboi, Track 6, “R2 Knows” by Claude VonStroke f/ Barry Drift, Track 9 “Bounty Hunters” by Röyksopp.
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Label: Hollywood Records/American Recordings
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Listen to Track 11, “R2 Where R U?” by Flying Lotus below: