Horror maestro John Carpenter is known for creating some of the greatest film scores of all time, but next year will see the release of his debut solo album Lost Themes, a record of original stand-alone compositions. On the basis of this preview track, it's something to get very excited about indeed. "Vortex" sounds has all the hallmarks (throbbing arpeggio, emotive piano, killer riffs) of a classic Carpenter theme, and as much character as some of his best work. Exactly what you need to hand if you fancy imagining yourself in the centre of a horror movie.
Girlhood is an acclaimed new French movie about a disillusioned young girl who joins a female gang in order to escape her dead end life. To add to the drama French electronic producer Para One has been drafted in to score the flick. It's a richly rewarding 10-track listen that fully complements the film's highs and lows: from the sweeping synth emotion of beatless opener "Neon" to the glass chime whimsy of closer "Girlhoood (reprise)", taking in the otherworldly synthpop of "Slow Down" along the way.