Moonlight Score Gets Screwed-And-Chopped

Moonlight may have ultimately toppled La La Land for Best Picture at the Oscars last night, but the latter edged out the former in the Best Score category. That’s still kind of egregious, because Moonlight’s gorgeous Nicholas Britell compositions feel a whole lot more substantial than La La Land’s populist pastiche. Yet if Academy voters couldn’t find the merit in Moonlight’s soundtrack before, they almost certainly won’t understand it any better chopped and screwed. A number of artists contributed to the Chopstars reinterpretation of the film’s score as a hazy syrup, the kind popularized by Houston’s late-but-legendary DJ Screw. That sound informed how co-writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney wanted the film to sound when they adapted it from the latter’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It’s a deliriously smooth listen, and you can stream or download the “chopped not slopped” soundtrack below.