Just in time for Halloween, a video for “Formula” has been released by DJ Tomo & Masta Ace with an re-imagining of the legendary Goblin’s Theme from the movie Profondo Rosso.
Known for providing ominous and progressive soundscapes for Italian Horror icon Dario Argento’s films, Goblin’s Progressive Rock music has been influential across genres and nations for the past 3 decades, with their music being sampled by such modern artists as J. COLE, Beck, A$AP Mob, A$AP Rocky and Marilyn Manson.
Profondo Rosso, the main theme of the Movie with the same name was first released in 1975 on Cult OST Label Cinvevox Record (part of the Bixio Family). The album went on to sell 1 million copies in its first year receiving the prestigious award “Disco D’Ora” award. The single 45” stayed in the charts for 52 weeks while the album kept its position for 16 weeks.
European Producer/DJ/Musician DJ Tomo inspired by the original theme, re-worked it into a compact and moody musical dose of urban decay. Furthering that vibe is cold lyrics from Brooklyn emcee great, Masta Ace (Juice Crew). The visuals in the video reflect this with graffiti strewn train platforms, soot-stained brick buildings and other visuals from the dawn of hip-hop.
Speaking on the track’s formation, Tomo related:
“it was really a coincidence. I’m a huge fan of Goblin’s music and I was working with a drummer in my studio who started messing with the beat from the original theme from Profondo Rosso. Masta Ace happened to be in town performing and everything just clicked into place very rapidly. My wife happens to be friend with members of Goblin so we got the track to them and received their blessing.”
Watch official video for “Formula” (feat DJ Tomo & Masta Ace) here:
DJ Tomo (Tomo In Der Mühlen) has previously produced and performed live on tracks that featured Harold Perrineau, Styles P, Muzz Skillings, Coati Mundi, Buddy Hankerson,Vernon Reid, Rade Serbedzija, Bashiri Johnson, Ekatarina Velika, muMs da Schemer and Kurtis Blow among others. Though originally from Germany, Tomo has performed worldwide and constantly was a live presence on the NYC music/club scene in the 90’s.
In addition to his own music, Tomo is the co-founder of IDM Music , a music publishing, rights management and TV production company, whose NYC branch exclusively administrates, the Italian Catalogue Bixio Music Group; Bixio’s songs are on the short list with music supervisors and have been featured in numerous commercials ( GRUBHUB), TV shows (MASTER OF NONE), Motion Pictures (CALL ME BY MY NAME) in additional to numerous samples , including 2 tracks on the Grammy nominated Album by Mura Masa.
Some of the company’s Film Music work has included collaborating with Quentin Tarantino for his movies since their very first collaboration, creating the track Starting with the Kill Bill series, which featured a special track “Ode to Oren Ishii,” a remake by The RZA of a song written by Bixio owner and founder Franco Bixio, continuing ever since i.e. Death Proof, Django Unchained and Inglorious Bastards. Other notable films include Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Goodfellas.
Starting his career with Marley Marl’s legendary Juice Crew in the late 80’s, Masta Ace debuted on the classic track/video for “The Symphony” alongside Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap and Craig G. Since that time he has released numerous hip-hop masterpieces which are concept works rife with social commentary, positivity and nostalgia. His latest solo album The Falling Season (M3 Records) received critical praise from outlets including ABC News, Okay player, Mass Appeal, XXL and more.