Marvel’s latest Netflix series, “Luke Cage,” has been a hit with viewers but it’s not just the acting and action that has fans tuning in. The series’ soundtrack has also been a surprise hit with many viewers praising the show’s score.
If you’re a fan of the soundtrack, you can now listen to the album on streaming services such as Spotify or purchase it on iTunes for $11.99. As an added bonus, a special edition vinyl of the album will be released today at 1 p.m. EDT.
The double LP features beautiful artwork by freelance artist Matthew Woodson and comes pressed on a 180 “Power Man Yellow” colored vinyl. The album can be purchased for $35 at Mondotees.com.
“[Adrian Younge, soundtrack composer] and I took a lot of direction from [Cheo Coker, series creator]. He developed the series with music having as much of a leading role as the other characters,” said Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the soundtrack's other composer, to Blavity. “Cheo, Adrian and I speak the same language, musically speaking, so it was easy to compose based on his direction.”
According to Muhammad, Coker wanted to the series to have a hip-hop sound but Younge and Muhammad also wanted to give it its own sound. “He wanted the series to have a hip-hop foundation. Adrian and I interpreted that as meaning we could use the source material sampled in many classic hip-hop songs as the source of inspiration. We also wanted the ‘Luke Cage’ series to have its own unique sound, identifiable only to ‘Luke Cage.’ We also wanted it to sound unlike anything else being composed for television right now.”
Besides the songs composed by Younge and Muhammad, the album also contains songs by Raphael Saadiq, Faith Evans, Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.
Set in Harlem, New York, “Luke Cage” follows the superhero Luke Cage (Mike Colter), an ex-con who is on a mission to save his neighborhood and clear his name. After a botched experiment, Cage is left with super strength and unbreakable skin. The entire first season of the series is currently available on Netflix.