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The Kitchen’s Soundtrack: A Musical Mosaic in Netflix’s Latest Dystopian Drama.

Kono Vidovic January 21, 2024 525 16 5


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Diving into the realm of cinematic soundtracks, Dirty Disco proudly presents our inaugural movie score blog review, focusing on the rich tapestry of music that defines Netflix’s new dystopian drama, “The Kitchen.” Directed by the Oscar-winning duo, Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares, this film not only showcases a gripping narrative set in a near-future London, but it also stands out for its exceptional “The Kitchen Soundtrack.” The movie score is a crucial element that complements the intense themes of gentrification and community resistance, while the performances of Kane Robinson and Jedaiah Bannerman add depth to the film’s emotional core.

The Kitchen Soundtrack - movie score

While “The Kitchen” excels in its thematic exploration and storytelling, it’s the songs chosen for its soundtrack that truly resonate with the audience, masterfully balancing the occasional pacing issues within the film. The movie score doesn’t just fill the background; it becomes an integral part of the storytelling, enhancing the overall narrative and enriching the emotional landscape of the film.

Each song is carefully selected to resonate with the film’s mood, providing a seamless blend of sound and visuals that elevates the cinematic experience. This review marks a significant first for Dirty Disco as we delve into the impactful world of movie soundtracks, starting with “The Kitchen Soundtrack,” a harmonious collection of songs that are as integral to the film as its characters and storyline.

The eclectic mix of music.

The soundtrack of “The Kitchen” is a tapestry of musical genres, seamlessly blending tracks from various decades and regions. From the soul-stirring gospel to the rhythmic beats of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, each song adds a unique layer to the film’s emotional and cultural landscape. Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares, drawing inspiration from classic urban films like “Do the Right Thing” and “City of God,” have curated a soundtrack that reflects the film’s gritty, urban setting and its poignant narrative.

Lord Kitchener radio DJ and host in The Kitchen movie

Lord Kitchener as the radio host.

Here at Dirty Disco we have our own radio host and DJ but in “The Kitchen,” Lord Kitchener is not just a character; he embodies the spirit of the community. As the DJ and de facto leader of The Kitchen, his influence extends beyond the radio waves. He is greatly loved and admired by the residents, serving as a symbol of resilience and unity in the face of adversity. Through his selections from the movie’s soundtrack, Lord Kitchener weaves a musical narrative that resonates deeply with the residents’ struggles and hopes.

His choices, ranging from soul-stirring gospel to vibrant Afrobeat, are more than just songs; they’re anthems of survival and resistance. Each track he plays adds a layer of emotional depth to the film, illustrating the power of music as a tool for storytelling and community building. Lord Kitchener’s role in “The Kitchen” transcends that of a mere DJ; he is the heartbeat of the neighborhood, using the universal language of music to lead, inspire, and unite.

The songs and their significance.

Here’s a breakdown of the soundtrack, along with YouTube links for each track, allowing you to experience the musical journey of “The Kitchen”:

Holding On by Tirzah.

This track opens the film, setting a tone of resilience amidst adversity. Its haunting melody and Tirzah’s soulful voice echo the determination of the characters as they grapple with the challenges of their dystopian world.

Party Popper written by Shandy Bongwala Bombusa.

An energetic and vibrant song, “Party Popper” plays during a crucial community gathering scene, symbolizing unity and defiance in the face of oppression, and adding an upbeat tempo to a moment of collective strength.

I’m Free written by Shandy Bongwala Bombusa.

This song underscores a pivotal scene where the protagonists experience a fleeting sense of liberation. Its uplifting rhythm and lyrics convey a powerful message of hope and freedom.

En blue jeans et blouson d’cuir by Salvatore Amato.

A nostalgic tune that bridges cultural and temporal gaps, this song reflects the diverse backgrounds of “The Kitchen’s” inhabitants, highlighting the multicultural tapestry of the community.

Kyenkyen Bi Adi M’awu by Alhaji K Frimpong.

This classic Afrobeat track complements scenes of daily life in the community, providing a rhythmic backdrop that celebrates the characters’ heritage and resilience.

How ‘Bout Us by Champaign.

A soulful ballad that plays during a tender, introspective moment, this song adds emotional depth to the film, highlighting the personal struggles and intimate relationships of the characters.

Odo Nwom by Kofi Nti feat Ofori Amponsah and Barosky.

This track, with its harmonious blend of voices and rhythm, symbolizes the communal bond and the collective heartbeat of the neighborhood, played during scenes of unity and collaboration.

AK47 by Sayfar, Cyfred, 2woBunnies.

A powerful and intense song, “AK47” underscores the more action-packed and tense moments of the film, mirroring the conflict and the fight for survival within the community.

Living Like I Do by SBTRKT & Sampha.

Living Like I Do by SBTRKT & Sampha has a introspective and moody vibe that complements the film’s darker, more reflective scenes, adding layers to the narrative’s exploration of identity and belonging.

Lock Doh by Giggs.

A gritty and raw track that resonates with the film’s urban setting, “Lock Doh” plays during a montage of the community’s daily struggles, highlighting the resilience and toughness of the characters.

Stay So by Busy Signal.

A reggae-infused track that adds a sense of hope and perseverance, particularly in scenes that depict the community’s determination to overcome their challenges.

Zombie by Fela Kuti.

This iconic Afrobeat song is used to powerful effect in a protest scene, its politically charged lyrics and energetic rhythm underscoring the community’s fight against injustice.

Candy by Cameo.

A fun and lively track, “Candy” brings a moment of light-heartedness and joy to the film, highlighting the community’s moments of celebration and togetherness.

Xtra (Instrumental) by Ruff Sqwad.

This instrumental piece provides a suspenseful and intense backdrop to some of the film’s most critical and dramatic sequences.

Walk Away (Dub Mix) by Bitty McLean.

Played during a poignant scene of farewell, this song’s melancholic tone underscores the theme of loss and the pain of letting go.

How Great Thou Art written by Stuart K Keen.

A powerful rendition of a classic hymn, this track is featured in a climactic scene, adding a spiritual dimension to the film’s exploration of community, faith, and resilience.

Conclusion.

In “The Kitchen,” each track is not just background music but a narrative force that enhances the story’s emotional depth and cultural context. This carefully crafted soundtrack is a testament to the filmmakers’ vision and the power of music in cinema. It’s a musical journey that complements the film’s themes of resistance, community, and the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Experience the soul of “The Kitchen” through its music. Listen to the soundtrack and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And for more insights into your favorite films and their soundtracks, keep following our blog!

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