DRIVE - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)

Four words to describe this review: Better late than never. Imagine our pleasant surprise when we received this soundtrack from the music distributor. We have heard lots of good things about the music for Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo noir crime thriller starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Now, to blast the tracks on our player – it had better not disappoint.

French electronic musician Kavinsky’s hypnotic “Nightfall” opens the 70 minute disc. The song played during the film’s opening credits sequence also sets the tone for the rest of the soundtrack.

The following four songs are atmospheric in their own ways. Desire, a musical act from Montreal, Canada and Portland, Oregon performs “Under Your Spell”, a synthpop tune dripping with coolness. College, a musical project by French electronica musician David Grellier plays the alluring “A Real Hero” featuring Electronic Youth. 

Italian composer Riz Ortolani’s dramatic “Oh My Love” featuring Katyna Ranieri and American electronic music band Chromatics’ rhythmic “Tick of the Clock” round up the song section of the soundtrack.

Cliff Martinez, former drummer known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefheart contributes the score for this cult film. Having composed music for Contagion (2011) and Drive (2000) before this, the New York born musician is evidently more comfortable with his style for ambient electronic music.

The opening score cue “Rubber Head” illustrates this point – the mesmerizing beautiful has no clear melody to it, but it is therapeutic just listening to the track resonating in the air. Same goes for the tracks that follow, which include the moodily beautiful “I Drive”, the melancholically enchanting “He Had A Good Time” and the morosely lingering “They Broke His Pelvis”.

Elsewhere, you’ll want to soak yourself in the mood of things with cues like “Wrong Floor”, “My Name on a Car” and the finale “Bride of Deluxe”. This is no ordinary soundtrack album. It is one that is too cool to be true, and one that you’ll want to experience yourself to understand what we mean.


Recommended Track: (6) Rubber Head - Cliff Martinez

Review by John Li


Nightcall - Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx
Under Your Spell - Desire
A Real Hero (Feat. Electric Youth) - College
Oh My Love (Feat. Katyna Ranieri) - Riz Ortolani
Tick Of The Clock - Chromatics
Rubber Head - Cliff Martinez
I Drive - Cliff Martinez
He Had A Good Time - Cliff Martinez
They Broke His Plevis  - Cliff Martinez
Kick Your Teeth - Cliff Martinez
Where's The Delux Version? - Cliff Martinez
12 See You In Four - Cliff Martinez
13 After The Chase - Cliff Martinez
14 Hammer - Cliff Martinez
15 Wrong Door - Cliff Martinez
16 Skull Crushing - Cliff Martinez
17 My Name On A Car - Cliff Martinez
18 On The Beach - Cliff Martinez
19 Bride of Deluxe - Cliff Martinez



Composer: Cliff Martinez
Label: Lakeshore Records
Release Date: September 6, 2011