Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

THE fu­sion of old timey jazz and mod­ern hip- hop on the Gatsby sound­track might be Leo DiCaprio’s fault. Ap­par­ently he in­tro­duced Baz Luhrmann’s right- hand man An­ton Mon­sted to Jay Z’s mu­sic via the New York rap­per and Kanye’s hit song No Church in the Wild. Next thing you know, Jay Z is writ­ing an orig­i­nal song ( 100$ Bill) for the sound­track, in­spired by a specifi c speakeasy scene from the fi lm. Oh, and Jay Z’s got ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer cred­its on the sound­track al­bum too, so one pre­sumes he greased a few wheels to get other rap/ R& B big names like his wife, An­dre 3000 and Q- Tip in­volved. Bey­once and 3000 are just crazy ( or ego­tis­ti­cal) enough to think it’s a good idea to cover an Amy Wine­house clas­sic ( Back to Black). They do an OK job, but it’s still too soon to go there. Like Jay Z, some other high- profi le acts worked up new ma­te­rial in­spired di­rectly by im­agery from the movie. That’s not the way things are usu­ally done, but the re­sults were worth the ef­fort. The high­light of the al­bum is Lana Del Rey’s haunting lament about a failed ro­mance, Young & Beau­ti­ful. With Sia, Go­tye and Jack White on board too, it is a star- stud­ded line- up wor­thy of an over- the- top night out with Baz.

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