THE GET DOWN

The South Bronx in 1976 was rife with poverty, corruption and sweet, sweet disco music. It was the beginning of a revolution.

It wasn’t the most visually appealing time to be in New York, but then Baz Luhrmann wasn’t around to work his magic. Unlike the sometimes over the top extravagant style in his other work like Romeo and Juliet, The Great Gatsby- it’s a perfect fit for The Get Down.

The visual spectacular is a love story of New York City and you’ll feel like you’re right in the midst of it.

In essence, the ‘Get Down’ is the beat of a track, which is then looped continuously on two turntables until the sun comes up.

That’s what the series is all about. It’s about courage and freedom, love and war, big hair and flares, and most importantly- the music.

Donna Summer, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Earth, Wind & Fire. Need I say more?

 

Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero is a booksmart poet, who didn’t really know it and is inadvertently drawn into the world of disco and hip-hop. His (not entirely) unrequited love, Mylene Cruz is a bonafide disco queen, with a voice to rival the greats. Together, they will rule NYC (probably) but they’ve got to work to get there.

Along with their DJ, Shaolin Fantastic, Zeke and his friends Dizzy, Ra-Ra and Boo form the ‘Get Down Brothers’. Even if Hip Hop isn’t your usual jam, The Get Down is essentially an origin story of where the music industry is today.  And as good as the narrative is- it’s interesting and pretty darn educational too.

It is a funky, soulful trip through time that will have you embarrassingly grooving around in a crowded coffee shop as wait for your next class. From personal experience, it is best to watch this series in the comfort of your own home in an effort to save what little dignity you may have left.

With the ease of access to music in today’s society it’s easy to forget how hard it once was not only to listen to music, but to make it too. The Get Down gets real old school as characters rely on crayons to mark the spots of the ‘drop’ on their records to come back to later on in the song. How about that Flume?

Not to mention it’s pretty darn legit, with input from Nas, Grandmaster Flash himself and music writer Nelson George

Part two of season 1 isn’t released til 2017, so until then I will be quenching my newfound thirst for disco with the help of this 10/10 playlist (you’re welcome)

© Maddie Vlismas 2020