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Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs joins forces with Lynch wingman Dean Hurley to fabricate a suitably lysergic soundtrack to Eddie Alcazar's soon-to-be-cult psychedelic sci-fi odyssey 'Divinity'. Features a guest spot from none other than Kool Keith!
Produced by Steven Soderbergh, 'Divinity' is a surrealist, dystopian trip that imagines a barren planet far from earth where the titular immortality drug has diverted the course of society. Muggs and notorious David Lynch-collaborator Hurley work with vintage samplers, wavetable synths and lush orchestral elements to create a score that's out of time, using contemporary alien-world sci-fi moans to root us in the present, and VHS-era drums and synths to help us recall the boundlessly creative recent past. The soundtrack's 'Main Titles' sting is particularly effective, using cripplingly distorted hardstyle drums to form a machine-strength industrial theme with Goblin-like ghost choirs and scratchy noise. On 'Brothers', Hurley's contribution is more noticeable, with its Romance-style stretched ambience and dream pop bassline, and 'Drone Interrogation' is stylishly Lynchian, obscuring its Tripod bellows with woozy analog fluctuations and lightly cabaret-styled Badalamenti touches.
For a film that bills itself as mind-bending, it needs a suitably eccentric aural accompaniment, and Muggs and Hurley manage to capture the fractal motion without stepping too far into abstraction. Flimsy, Richard Band-style moments ('A Symbol of Life', 'Reflective Dreams') offer us something comfortable to hold on to, while tracks like 'Final Fight' and 'Escape Suite' use the full weight of a Hollywood orchestra, splitting Bernard Herrmann strings with pulsing, Carpenter-esque bass zaps and queasy pads. The duo find their ideal intersection on 'Ascend Finale', that fuses soapy romanticism with buzzing strings and Ligeti-inspired choral blasts - it's already spine-tingling and we haven't even experienced it with visuals yet. Then, just as a treat, psych-rap legend Kool Keith shows up on the credits roll with 'Divinity 2 Infinity: The Odyssey', free associating over Muggs and Hurley's waterlogged, bitcrushed trap.