The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. A cool film needs a cool soundtrack, right? And none come cooler than Atomic Blonde. A double LP filled to the brim with needledrops of some of the '80s best known cuts, as well as some under the radar gems, and a smattering of brand new tracks recorded especially for the movie.
David Bowie, George Michael, The Clash, Nena, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and A Flock Of Seagulls of course need no introduction, and they all contribute absolutely killer songs here. Rubbing shoulders with these A-listers are lesser known acts such as Re-Flex, whose track "The Politics of Dancing" was a minor hit in the UK and is a pure '80s synth-pop banger from start to finish. After The Fire went from playing uninspired prog rock to recording the should-have-been classic "Der Kommissar," full of funky guitar licks and a chorus so hook-laden it should be illegal. "Voices Carry" by American new wave band 'Til Tuesday features Aimee Mann on vocals and is an all-timer everyone needs on vinyl.
The record is rounded out by a series of covers of classic '80s tracks. Industrial noise pop band HEALTH offering a fresh take on New Order's "Blue Monday" which turns the cold original into a sublime slice of melodic mayhem that breaks down into into electro shoegaze before going full dance floor to finish. LEX recording artists Kaleida supply a moody ethereal version of Nena's "99 Luftballons." And finally composer Tyler Bates teams up with Marilyn Manson for a cover of Ministry's "Stigmata," which sounds like Manson going back to his Spooky Kids roots, and is urgent as all hell.