Netflix’s The Get Down started streaming on Friday, giving us Baz Luhrmann’s take on the rise of hip-hop in the Bronx in the 1970s. Naturally, the series is accompanied by a sizzling soundtrack, including “Telepathy,” a new single from Christina Aguilera.
Xtina is certainly no stranger to Luhrmann, having contributed vocals to the 2001 version of “Lady Marmalade” for Moulin Rouge.
Her song is played in a scene from Episode 6, in which Jaden Smith’s character, Marcus “Dizzee” Kiplin, is at a queer dance party. Sexual tension rises and his female friend kisses him on the dance floor.
Then, as the music swirls, his friend Thor (Noah Le Gros) declares “my turn, and goes in for a smooch.
The best scene of the episode, and perhaps the best scene of the first half of the series, is when Dizzee (Jaden Smith) finds himself in a members-only, LGBTQ underground party that Thor invites him to.
It’s a safe haven for the free spirited, where one witnesses “free people being free,” according to Thor’s friend, who later convinces both him and Dizzee to kiss. YES. FINALLY. (You can sense that the connection between Thor and Dizzee will play out in the next batch of episodes. Hurry up and put them out, Baz!)