In an interview with the American-Statesman, “T2 Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle discussed how music, so crucial to the first film, would work in the second.
Boyle knew he couldn’t quite replicate the zeitgeist of the original, which had nothing but pop music cues and no original score at all. In “T2,” there are discrete bits of original music here and there, while songs from the original are hinted at or remixed.
Boyle said he thought briefly about removing any familiar music at all and populating the soundtrack entirely with tracks by Young Fathers, a contemporary Scottish hip-hop act.
“They live and work in Edinburgh and they obviously make music for now, but they fit so perfectly,” Boyle said. “I could have used 20 of their tracks, and I thought about having nothing but Young Fathers from beginning to end.” Ultimately, Young Fathers cut a new song (“Only God Knows”) for the soundtrack and makes a few more appearances.
Check out the full interview here.