“There are 8 million stories in the naked city.” The ones about two irreverent best friends from Brooklyn are soundtracked by just as many beats. Curated by music supervisor, Matt FX Feldman, the official soundtrack for Comedy Central’s acclaimed series “Broad City” captures the show’s (and New York’s) wild style with such precision to the point where the songs become truly instrumental to the storytelling. As The New York Times quoted Matt on working with the show’s creators and stars, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson: “Our tastes are a Venn diagram, and that middle circle is really, really big.”
Broad City’s Original Series Soundtrack, released via Milan Records in association with Comedy Central Records, is executive produced by Jacobson and Glazer alongside Matt FX. The trio selected from a stellar roster of under-the-radar artists as diverse as New York itself and include Chile’s DJ Raffand Ana Tijoux, Toronto’s Tasha The Amazon, Baltimore’s Normaling and Rye Rye, Rick Owens & Mad Decent-affiliated queer hip-hop sensation Zebra Katz, and beatmaster RJD2 who famously provided the theme to AMC’s hit “Mad Men” himself.
Both the tropical flavored banger “Tigre” by emerging Dominican/Canadian artist Jarina De Marco, as well as “Dat Gyal” by prolific producer Tony Quattro were previously show favorites, and are available for sale for the first time exclusively on the soundtrack. The release of both tracks will come as a welcome of relief to devoted fans. As one noted on Reddit regarding “Tigre”: “Can’t seem to find it and it’s driving me crazy!” When asked about the tune, Feldman had this to say, “Tigre came to me originally as a demo that Jarina wasn’t even sure she’d ever release! Luckily, the song hit like hot fire when the episode aired and people are still hitting Jarina and I up to this day asking where they can find the track! Happy to be able to get it out there finally.” For his part, LA-based Tony Quattro has contributed over 10 cues in 3 seasons to “Broad City” so far, including many composed bespoke for the show.
Of his inclusion of “Latino & Proud” as Broad City’s theme, DJ Raff has said, “When I saw the ‘Broad City’ clip I felt that it fit very well in terms of the graphics, the storyline, and the characters. Everything went well together and the song felt perfect on the show… I’ve seen a lot of positive comments on SoundCloud, YouTube, and other social networks saying, ‘Broad City’ got me here.”
”The colorful international vibe reverbs through all the featured artists’ aesthetics, from Zebra Katz’s ode to “Marijuana,” to the album’s artwork and packaging featuring an insert with spliff-rolling instructions (printed physically on green paper!) designed by artist Mike Perry.
A verified tastemaker (and foodie), Matt FX approaches the show’s music as a master chef, slicing and dicing and mixing together indie, hip-hop, and electronic vibes into a vibrant compilation befitting the lead characters’ larger-than-life personas and city they call home. When 24-year-old Matt isn’t music supervising shows like “Broad City” or Hulu comedy “Difficult People” (both executive produced by Amy Poehler), he is an in-demand DJ and producer in his own right.
A show like “Broad City,” that trades on the city’s transitive energy and ephemeral connections, necessitates a soundtrack that can keep pace. For the last five years of his young and prolific career, Matt FX has proven to be that ear to the ground, absorbing a dizzying sonic zeitgeist with uncanny accuracy and zeal.
Broad City’s Original Series Soundtrack Tracklist
1. Latino & Proud – DJ Raff (Intro)
2. Tigre – Jarina De Marco (Soundtrack Exclusive)
3. Marijuana – Zebra Katz & Kashaka
4. La Nueva Condena – Ana Tijoux
5. #NOTYOURS – Scooter Island Ft. Junglepussy
6. YES Bitch – K Rizz
7. Steady Now – Tasha The Amazon (Cubby x Karman Remix)
8. Let ‘Em Say – Lizzo & Caroline Smith
9. Dat Gyal – Tony Quattro (Soundtrack Exclusive)
10. Low Drop – Normaling (Ft. Rye Rye & TT The Artist)
11. See You Leave – RJD2 (Ft. STS & Khari Mateen)
12. Latino & Proud – DJ Raff