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VAR­I­OUS The Get Down RCA

The Get Down is Baz Luhrmann’s new Net­flix se­ries about the birth of hip-hop amidst the rough and tum­ble of New York in the 1970s. You’d imag­ine the sound­track for a se­ries like that would draw from the riches of the era, but Luhrmann and cre­ative foil Nas have taken a much dif­fer­ent tack with new mu­sic from the show’s cast and such names as Christina Aguil­era, Janelle Monae, Michael Ki­wanuka, Leon Bridges, Miguel and oth­ers. While there are a hand­ful of throw­back flavours such as Lyn Collins’ em­phatic Think and Donna Sum­mer’s Bad Girls, it’s tracks like the in­fec­tious Hum Along and Dance from Monae, the disco shape-throw­ing Telepa­thy from Aguil­era with Nile Rodgers and Cadil­lac from Miguel which set the tone, mak­ing for a mixed and some­times con­fus­ing bag. Those seek­ing the sounds of the era in ques­tion should check the re­cent Boom­box com­pi­la­tion. JIM CAR­ROLL

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