Aziz Ansari's Netflix Show 'Master of None' Shares Season 1 Playlist [LISTEN]
Aziz Anzari's new show, Master of None, debuted on Friday via Netflix (Nov. 6) to a flood of rave reviews from critics and fans. As one might guess considering the show shares a title with a Beach House song, the show's soundtrack which is curated by the show's music supervisor Zach Cowie alongside Anzari makes for an awesome playlist.
In response to fan demands, the show shared a Spotify playlist of the first season's soundtrack, featuring everything from Aphex Twin to The Zombies, including the titular track by Beach House.
The show's narrative plot follows Dev, an aspiring actor in New York. Like most late 20-somethings and early 30-somethings just kicking off their career in the city, Dev walks the line between success and purposelessness. Music plays an important role in the show itself. The main character's love interest is a music publicist and the show's third episode focuses on a secret Father John Misty show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn.
Previously, Cowie has also worked as music supervisor on films like Public Enemies and Celeste & Jesse Forever. However he is probably best known for being part of the vinyl-only DJ outfit Wooden Wisdom with Elijah Wood. With that in mind, it goes without saying that the soundtrack includes everything one would expect to find in an audiophile's vinyl crates, including even Brian Eno and Toto, classic soundtrack scores, new and old school hip-hop, some 70s glam rock, and everything in-between. In an interview with Pitchfork, Cowie explains that both he and Ansari are "both record collectors that are kind of always looking for crate-digging kind of deeper stuff. That sort of becomes a sound that unifies the whole series."
The opening credits to the first episode feature just one of several '60s French pop songs in the first season that are reminiscent of Youth in Revolt's soundtrack which was a nod to the seminal French new wave film Breathless. Other soundtrack highlights include the X-Ray Spex classic "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" and The Slits classic cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine."