Soundtracks are often overlooked when it comes to films. A great soundtrack elevates a movie for everyone, while an average soundtrack doesn’t make a difference to a standard film views. What people mostly overlooked are the fantastic cuts that originate from these projects. 2018 was a tremendous year for music. However, with high volume comes times when gems tend to go under the rug.
Invincible — Amine
You’ll find very few people who believe that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t one of the best films of 2018. The soundtrack is by far one of the best, if not the best soundtrack of 2018. One of my favorite cuts from the soundtrack is Invincible by Amine. The smoothness of the record, the constant improvement of amine vocals, the endearing melodies all fuse to create a modest sense of invincibility.
Bless Me — Ama Lou
After releasing her debut EP DDD, Ama Lou is starting to become a household name. Her cut on Creed II with Bless Me, is one of the standout track. Gritty yet soothing. It’s as if the vocals were able to redirect its anger, its frustration of the production into something positive. Calming the beast to achieve its goals.
Alternatively, it could just be a great song. It could be that.
Memories — Thutmose
Once again, we go back to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for another cut from an artist who has been seemingly buzzing. If you aren’t familiar with Thutmose, he is an artist who hails from outside of Lagos, Nigeria. His debut project, Man On Fire, was released in late October. Memories is a smooth, introspective track where its most engaging element is its vulnerability.
What’s Up With That — Future & 21 Savage
Hard hitting drums? Check. Engaging hook? Check. Infectious production and vocals? Check.
Besides death, taxes and Tory Lanez asking for smoke from everybody, 21 Savage and Future collaboration on Superfly has become just as reliable. What’s Up With That is an absolute. Yet it doesn’t have the trademark griminess that these two artists are known for. My favorite aspect is when the keys play the main melody in the verses and while the drums and 808’s play background role. This kind of consistency, this kind of chemistry is hopefully lead to a collab project.