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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Listen to this Oscars-inspired beat tape by 75 Crates

The Boston-Halifax producer put together tracks using Best Film Score nominees

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 4:33 PM

click to enlarge The Score - 75 CRATES
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In case you don't know (somehow?), it's Oscar Weekend—this Sunday is the biggest annual night in the film industry and the 88th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place in Hollywood at the Dolby Theatre#OscarSoWhite or not, millions of people will sit through three-hours-plus of schmoozing and inside jokes as some of the year's movie blockbusters will be recognized for cinematic greatness. To celebrate, we've got some Oscar treats for you. 

"The Score is comprised of samples from the movies nominated for Best Film Score for this year's Oscars," says Boston-born, Halifax-based producer 75Crates (Dan Maguire). On 13 tracks, Maguire challenges himself with a limited sound palette and varying tempos, adding his own synths, bass and piano to samples from the Best Film Scores, which includes Carol (by Carter Burwell), Sicario (by Jóhann Jóhannsson), The Hateful Eight (by Ennio Morricone), Bridge of Spies (by Thomas Newman) and Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens (by John Williams). And the winner is? Epic cinematic tracks that are well-crafted and cool. 

It's no surprise since 75Crates has been making music for ages, even though it's been a few minutes since a release. Back in Boston in the late 1990s and early 2000s, under the name Soul Searchers, Macguire and his brother produced for artists like Reks: "Our first single charted on Billboard for a week in 2000, charting higher than Eminem's 'The Way I Am' that week, which was pretty cool," he says. They continued working for a few years with a number of artists who were nominated for Boston Music Awards before Maguire moved to Halifax to study and practice law. Since January, he's been working on The Score and we're stoked to share it here at The Coast. For the sci-fi nerds, "Galaxy War" and "Space Battles" are especially dope tracks. 


You can follow 75Crates on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on his releases, and you can tune in to the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night to see who wins Best Film Score


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