Review: Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman's 1998 movie Troma's War has become something of a cult classic; a trashy, violence-heavy "wilderness shoot-em-up" that's frequently described as "so bad it's good". Chris DeMarco's synthesizer-heavy soundtrack - all elongated chords, gentle drum machine rhythms, vaguely Balearic synth-funk workouts, eyes-closed guitar solos and humid, tribal-influenced interludes - is undoubtedly the film's strongest selling point. Here it gets issued for the first time on any format, with Ship to Shore giving it the deluxe, coloured vinyl treatment. While it's undoubtedly exceedingly silly in places (this was the 1980s, after all, and it was a low budget movie), there are enough moments of genius to suggest that it should be added to your collection.
Review: There's no doubt that this brilliant, synthesizer-heavy soundtrack played a key part in the success of Netflix's deliciously odd thriller, Stranger Things. Written and performed by Survive members Kyle Dixon and Michael Steen, it has the right balance between John Carpenter style creepiness, Vangelis-like melodiousness, and the cinematic feel of classic movie soundtrack material. Happily, the streaming behemoth has decided to release two volumes of musical highlights from the series, beginning with this first volume. It's testament to the quality of the Texas-based duo's work that those who've not seen the series should still enjoy it. This is atmospheric, clandestine electronic music of the highest order. Moody, immersive, and reminiscent of the best material from the 1980s.