By now you’ll have heard the fuss about Stranger Things: the Netflix series has captured hearts with its supernatural story of a missing child in small town USA, magnetic cast of teenagers and adults, and a 1980s setting that errs just on the right side of nostalgia.
One other reason for the show’s instant success is its top-notch soundtrack. Created by Austin duo Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (who also form the band S U R V I V E), it’s a brooding, synth-heavy score that hits all the cues of its spiritual forebears (John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, etc.) while mainting a hint of contemporary production.
It’s maybe no surprise that other musicians have been paying attention. For their latest show on Radar Radio, London-based record label Local Action invited a bunch of electronic musicians to contribute their own original tracks inspired by the music of Stranger Things. The two-hour mix features original music from the likes FaltyDL, Mumdance, Murlo, E.M.M.A., and Yamaneko, each adding personal flourishes to the atmospheric sounds.
Stream the tribute mix below, and revisit our recent Skype chat with all five of the kids from the show.