It’s no surprise that Stones Throw Records is bringing us yet another jazz innovator. Apifera is a new project of Yuval Havkin — aka Rejoicer — Nitai Hershkovits, Amir Bresler, and Yonatan Albala. Their debut album, Overstand (out now), blends electronic jazz, folk, and jazz fusion elements. You can view a recent improv session from Stones Throw’s IGTV here. And be sure to check out their favorite soundtracks below in this weekend playlist.
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Nino Rota — “O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia”
This is what everyone wants. Beautiful, satisfying musical architecture. Enough said.
R.D. Burman — “Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Humara”
A legendary composer whose instrumentation and music are always cutting-edge. The moment the rhythm and tempo enters is priceless.
Bernard Herrmann — “Prelude Outer Space Suite”
Beautiful motive and colors by Bernard Hermann, deep and slow.
Angelo Badalamenti — “Blue Velvet: Main Title Theme”
Iconic melody and harmony. The connection between Angelo and David Lynch is so special and perfect.
Klaus Doldinger — “Bastian’s Happy Fight”
Epic, emotional nostalgia combining orchestra and electronica, hitting all the right ’80s chords and sparkling melodies. A perfect accompaniment to an amazing movie.
Danny Elfman — “The Incantation”
In Albalak’s opinion, Beetlejuice is the best movie ever made, mostly because it’s so wack and stands completely alone in its genre. The music is also a far-out mixture of so many colors, all bubbling up in Danny Elfman’s unique melting pot.
Air — “Bathroom Girl”
Albalak loves it when soundtracks are made by bands. This intimate and haunting modern/vintage score gets under your skin from the first notes of the heartbreaking title song.
Galt MacDermot — “Come Away Death”
Everything here is perfect, the work of a genius.
Baligh Hamdi — “My Love Story”
Amazing Egyptian composer, one of a kind piece.
(Photo Credit: Ben Kirschenbaum)