New Iconic: Wolf Alice and the first big musical revelation of the ‘Trainspotting 2’ soundtrack


Twenty years after its initial release, there are still several things about Trainspotting that still hold up nice, but none more than the film’s soundtrack. A pure reflection of British indie and Cool Britannia circa ’96, Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel skillfully used the music of Pulp, Underworld, Blur, Primal Scream, and others (hey, Iggy!) in creating one of the most cherished soundtrack of the decade.

So once we knew which main players were back for the upcoming sequel, due out January 27, the next question became: Who is on the soundtrack? According to the NME, the participant list for T2: Trainspotting is still under guard. But this morning, as the world got its first taste of the new film and all its dirty fucking family reunion glory, one player was revealed: Wolf Alice.

The first official trailer utilizes the North London guitar-rock quartet’s 2015 song “Silk”, which was featured on their album My Love Is Cool. In the trailer below, the track kicks in at the 1:08 mark, just after the familiar tones of Underworld’s first-edition Trainspotting classic “Born Slippy” gives the viewer the warm and familiar fuzzies.

Though we don’t know for certain, Wolf Alice’s inclusion here strongly suggests they’re part of the new film’s soundtrack. Who else would we love to see? How about some Sleaford Mods, Savages, Black Honey, Slaves, Joy Formidable, and maybe even the Last Shadow Puppets. For some gritty Scottish flavor, add Biffy Clyro.

Whether the sequel, and its hopefully just-as-essential soundtrack, can hold up to the original remains to be seen. But we can’t wait to find out.