Last September we announced that we'd be joining forces with UK-based label Death Waltz Recording Company, and today we're extremely excited to have the first of many Death Waltz releases available on the Mondo site: The Raid LP & Angela's Theme EP (music from the film Sleepaway Camp). In addition to new vinyl, starting today you will be able to find previously released Death Waltz items in the Music section of our site. Below you can check out product details and a few words from Death Waltz's Spencer Hickman:
It’s a really proud day for us here at Death Waltz Recording Company. Joining Mondo seems like the logical next step for us after three years of going it alone.
We’ll now be able to bring some weird and wonderful Death Waltz titles to the ears of a wider audience through Mondo’s website and as label manager for Mondo , Death Waltz & Originals I can strengthen our position not only at retail (with or partners Light In The Attic & Republic Of Music) but within the industry itself helping us to bring new (and future classic) scores to to vinyl, CD & Digital. We’re also thrilled to be carrying over our recommend titles section to Mondo under the new name ‘Selects’ here you’ll find some of the best records released by other labels, curated by ourselves , this will be be the place to discover new favourite records and revisit classics you never before picked up (many in exclusive ltd colour ways pressed exclusively for us).
We couldn’t be more excited for 2015 and beyond, working with such a creative team and being able to bounce ideas around is already paying dividends and I can assure you Mondo Music will be the place to check in on a weekly basis to see what’s happening.
The Raid Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Complete Original Indonesian Score
Music by Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal
Packaging Design by Chris Weston
140 Gram Red/Green split vinyl housed inside a heavyweight textured tip on gatefold jacket
Includes an exclusive booklet with sleeve notes from director Gareth Evans & composers Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal
Are you ready for your socks to be knocked clean off? Death Waltz Recording Company is exceptionally proud to bring you a huge world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to The Raid. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Indonesian uber-action has already been recognised as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know that when it was released in the UK and US, its music was replaced in favour of a score by Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese.
Quite frankly, the original score kicks its successor’s ass, hard. Coming from Indonesia, the duo of Yuskemal and Prayogi seemingly not only have a geographical connection but a spiritual one as well, leading to a profundity in their music that can’t be matched. Full of muscular electronics and battering percussion, it feels like not only a score but also a workout. Electric guitars give an edge and at times the music reaches up to a post-rock crescendo, while ethereal textures give a nod to the insane world the film takes place in, and it all comes to a head to bring you one of the finest action scores the world has ever seen. You don’t just listen to The Raid – you experience it.
Angela's Theme EP (music from the film Sleepaway Camp)
Music by Frankie Vinci
Available in White and Tri-Color Vinyl
Frankie Vinci recorded three songs for the US slasher movie Sleepaway Camp and Death Waltz is extremely proud to release them officially for the first time ever. The tracks are taken from the original 4 track cassette recordings and re-mastered for vinyl under supervision of Vinci. Angela’s Theme is generally regarded as one of the greatest songs featured in a horror movie during the 80’s with it’s mix of synths, drum machines and an absolutely killer chorus. The other two tracks also feature in prominent scenes in the movie and are presented here in their entirety.
“When I sang the 3 songs I was trying to channel David Bowie. Euro rock music was big in the 80's, so I was inspired to keep the songs fresh with a Euro vibe. I'm not sure I came close to a Bowie vocal but I guess it worked in its own way. The 3 songs may sound sonically inferior to today's digital recordings but the heart of "Angela's Theme" is the eerie notes in the intro and the overall vibe. The Yamaha keyboard’s bell sound actually adds to the creepy feel of the movie ending.” - Frankie Vinci