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Self Esteem, Olivia Dean and Kae Tempest feature on OST for This Town

02 April 2024, 13:55 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Steven Knight's brand new drama This Town has announced details of an accompanying soundtrack release, which features the likes of Self Esteem, Olivia Dean and Kae Tempest.

The first two episodes of This Town aired over Easter weekend, with Self Esteem's reimagining of Jimmy Cliff’s "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and Ray Laurél’s new version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" having closed out the credits of the double-premiere.

Set against the melting-pot scene of the Midlands in the 1980s, Knight’s new drama evokes a community navigating personal upheaval and a pivotal moment of social unrest through the transformative possibilities of music.

Upcoming episodes will include original covers from Mercury-nominated breakthrough Olivia Dean, GRAMMY-winning powerhouse Gregory Porter, BRITs Rising Star nominee Sekou and Academy Award nominee Celeste. The songs played by Fuck The Factory - the band at the heart of This Town - have been created by trailblazing producer Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C, Wet Leg, and founder of the seminal Speedy Wunderground label), who has collaborated with singer-songwriter ESKA and musician, novelist and poet Kae Tempest in work that adds another chapter to this vital story.

On This Town (Music From The Original BBC Series), co-president of Mercury Studios Marc Robinson comments: “it has been a privilege to be working with Paul Whittington, Steven Knight and the entire Kudos team in bringing the musical narrative of This Town to life. Music is at the heart of the series and it has been a thrill to work with such excellent musical talent on this project. Excited to share and celebrate the music that compliments this exceptional series.”


  1. Self Esteem - You Can Get It If You Really Want
  2. Ray Laurél - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  3. Fuck The Factory - Estella
  4. Olivia Dean - The Harder They Come
  5. Fuck The Factory - Birdsong
  6. Fuck The Factory - Pelicans
  7. Celeste - Blue Moon
  8. Fuck The Factory - Farewell To Matty And Her Flowers
  9. Gregory Porter - The World’s Going Up In Flames
  10. Fuck The Factory - This Town
  11. Sekou - Wonderful World, Beautiful People

This Town (Music From The Original BBC Series) is out on 26 April via Polydor Records.

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