Brian Eno to release Top Boy Score from the original series

To coincide with the final season of the seminal British TV show, Top Boy coming to our screens on September 7th, Netflix are releasing a selection of Brian Eno’s recordings from his soundtrack to the show. ‘Top Boy (Score From the Original Series)’ will be released on vinyl (Music on Vinyl), CD (Beatink Records) and digital formats (Netflix Music) and aside from two tracks included on Eno’s album, “Film Music 1976 – 2020”, this will be the first time any of this material from the entire five seasons has been made available publicly. 

Eno contributed the tense theme tune to the series and has composed the original music for Top Boy since the beginning of the show in 2011. Together with Michael “Mikey J” Asante, who provided additional music for the Netflix seasons 1 ~ 3, they have created an aura and atmosphere that has become a crucial element of the programme’s appeal. The music to the original season, now titled on Netflix as ‘Summerhouse’ won the 2012 BAFTA Award for Original Television Music. 

Released today is ‘Cutting Room 1’, a completely unheard track, especially as it is one of two tracks on the album that Brian selected for inclusion on the soundtrack album, even though they were never used in any episodes of the series. Both were written for Top Boy, hence their ‘Cutting Room’ titles. 

Eno has a long history of providing scores and individual pieces for film and TV, and his deep association with ambient music involved him writing music for imaginary films in the early part of his career. His approach to scoring is inspired by Nino Rota’s soundtracks for Federico Fellini films, where music was created for its own sake and images were applied over the music, rather than the composer tailoring sound to every scene.
From the beginning of Top Boy, I was given the freedom to work in the way I prefer,” says Brian, “making music and atmospheres and then giving it to the film makers to use as they saw fit.  I try to absorb the idea of what a piece is about and from that I produce a lot of music, and say, ‘Here it is. Use it as you wish.’

If you’d been scoring it in the conventional Hollywood way, the temptation would be to up the excitement factor, up the danger factor, all the time. But Top Boy is really about children in a pretty bad situation. So I explored the internal world of the children, not just what’s happening to them in the external world. Quite a lot of the music was deliberately naive, it was sort of simple. The melodies were simple, not really sophisticated, or grown-up.”
Following the jaw dropping end to Season 2, the critically acclaimed series,  Top Boy, is to return to Netflix for one more season on September 7 – set to be the final chapter that will decide who can reign as Top Boy of Summerhouse.

The show is created and written by Ronan Bennett. Top Boy is executive produced by the original creative team — Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind (for Cowboy Films), Ronan Bennett (for Easter Partisan) and Yann Demange. The series is executive produced by multi-faceted entertainer and producer Drake and his business partner Adel “Future” Nur, along with LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for The SpringHill Company. Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson also serve as Executive Producers

From the moment Brian started delivering his initial selections of music for the very first Top Boy season in 2011 we understood what a rare gift to the show his score would be. Because of the way Brian scores, he offers up music that is informed by his sense of what the show is about rather than being governed by specific scenes. Therefore, the music is able to occupy places, feelings and moods that exist behind the literal images that appear on screen. Based on his understanding of the show and his feel for the people that inhabit the world in which the show is set, Brian has continued to serve up a selection of music across five seasons, always taking the audience far beyond the plot. Like Dushane and Sully, and like the streets of London, Brian’s music has become a core foundation of what Top Boy is.”  Charles Steel & Alasdair Flind – Cowboy Films.

Top Boy Series 3 On Netflix from September 7 Click to pre-save digital album

Digital/CD Album:

  1. Top Boy Theme
  2. But Not This Way
  3. Damp Bones
  4. Cutting Room I
  5. Floating On Sleep’s Shore
  6. Beauty and Danger
  7. Beneath The Sea
  8. Afraid Of Things
  9. Waiting in Darkness
  10. The Fountain King
  11. Washed Away In Morocco
  12. Overground
  13. Watching The Watcher
  14. Sweet Dark Section
  15. Sky Blue Alert
  16. Delirious Circle
  17. Cutting Room II
  18. Dangerous Landscape
  19. The Good Fight

Vinyl Album:
Side A:

  1. Top Boy Theme
  2. But Not This Way
  3. Damp Bones
  4. Cutting Room I
  5. Floating On Sleep’s Shore

Side B:

  1. Beauty and Danger
  2. Beneath The Sea
  3. Afraid Of Things
  4. Waiting In Darkness
  5. The Fountain King
  6. Washed Away In Morocco 

Side C:

  1. Overground
  2. Watching The Watcher
  3. Sweet Dark Section
  4. Sky Blue Alert

Side D:

  1. Delirious Circle
  2. Cutting Room II
  3. Dangerous Landscape
  4. The Good Fight

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