Running Track(s)

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I don’t know anything about House, Beats, Dubstep or Electro. but boy are they helping my adjust to my new running regime out here in Taipei #getfitcampaign. As my body sweats unbelievable rivulets in 30º heat (and that’s at 930PM) it’s seems this is what it wants to hear.

It’s been in my head since I starting thinking about going to Taiwan again for the summer, and I’m thinking back to see where this sudden change taste has suddenly sprung out of. After some digging, it seems perhaps it’s not so new. Two years ago, my housemate loved mixing tracks and had her own mac DJ set up where we lived; she went on to DJ sets in Underworld, a too-trendy-for-me basement club in Shida District. Further back still, and grasping at tenuous straws, I spent a fair amount of time shopping in Zara as a very tall child, and it’s got that zaney European, electric-y, beat-with-no-words feel.

Er, does that explain it?

Not really… I’m not going to pretend I’ve picked up any real knowledge at this point; I’m far past being cool enough to pretend to be hipster. I’m quite happily clueless about mixing, spinning or dropping, but having taken an interest in a slightly wackyier type of music of late, here’s 10 pretty cool beats that are hitting some high play counts on my running playlist – with some horrendous commentary. Happy listening, and most  importantly:

Keep Running.

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 1. Only You ft. Synth, Roebuck.


What a mellow start to this tune. I get that feeling in my gut when you know it’s going to build to something good. The beeps tinkle effortlessly over the slow, synth string build-up till the vocals hit in a at 2.30 – retro, old-school and thick-belting over a conglomeration of electric beats that have that Daftpunk-esque sequence. Unfortunately for me, it never seems to hit that umph-bass point that I want it do, something to really punch you in the chest – and that swish and fade out ending makes me cringe. But as far as a bass to keep you running goes, it’s on the playlist.

2.5/5

2. Made To Stray, Mount Kimbie

Yum to the the crackle-back and click percussion in this track. It’s a grower, but Made To Stray is definitely one to re-listen till you can get past the strangeness of those out-synced sliding trumpets. The slow build-up of layering isn’t the most original of openings, but make it to the chords and you may as well finish the song. At points the song does make me wonder at my willingness to listen to repetitive noises (Over and Over, Hot Chip, anyone?)

3/5

3. Get Started ft. Omar, Mike de Clive-Lowe (Full Crate Remix)

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Maybe my affinity for clicking/clapping is actually a genuine thing, (worrying) or at least Get Started make me think so.  This track actually moves into something that makes me want to dance in my pastel coloured room as if I’m co-ordinated  There’s a nice blend of deep, toned voice to electro in this which ranks it up beyond the not so evenly balanced ‘Made to Stray’ and ‘Only You’ and hey, it’s a clap out finish and no fade (pet hate) so cool.

4/5

 

4. Who Am I, Huxley.

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There’s some pretty sexually attractive sounds featuring in Huxley, and I can’t tell if it’s the baseline, the twanged opening notes, the following chorus chords, that’s got my hooked, but hey, it sure ain’t the lyrics. There’s just enough variation in this keep me entertained, and I sure love the rhythm. Hit repeat and keep going.

4/5

 

5. Jagged Edge, Eats Everything.

Mmm to that beat and vocal combo. Yes, it’s odd. Yes, it’s so thick it’s practically blurry. It certainly feels like it shouldn’t work at keeping my toes tingling, but just, yes. The woody glockenspiel is a wicked touch that tones down the straight-out-of-nowhere feel, and it’s is barely tempered by short reprieves in the heaviness of all the sounds. All in all, this is messy, and weird and I love running to it.

5/5

6. That Thing, Golden Boy.

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Ow, my chest. This is SO GOOD. There’s some actual, sexy-smooth, listenable lyrics in this that are mixed in something lovely with the tinny, shake-beat. And someome tell me what that it is about the “Let them kick it to the nick” means for my mild curiousity; I don’t care if it’s nonsense, cause it sounds sick.

5/5

7. Truth With A Capital T, Dusky

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Ok, I’m still out with the jury on the funny, dry-clappy sound over what is a nice beat going on.  And if I’m honest that recycled clip on truth didn’t really catch me either – the melty, sliding synth or cow bells; there’s just so much going on here that seems mished-in with little to tie it together. Ah, I know they’re a big name, so I’m still going to give something else a shot, but this one’s a little too hardcore for me.

2.5/5

8. You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle, Disclosure.

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Eliza, you minx. I’m such a fan of her velvet voice, and here with Disclosure it’s a neat whiskey shot of beats, tight synth and fabulous chord progressions – with my only criticism being the abrupt finish, perhaps only because I want more. I literally wish I could ingest this in some liquid for cause it makes my head spin.

5/5

 9. Baby I Got That, Bondax.

Cut the first 20 seconds of this tune and it’s something writhingly seductive. Too many stops and starts for my liking, but the sharp piano chords are beautiful and less of that “s’the beat” and it’s a good interim song if you’re ears need a break from all the beats above. It’ll relax those shoulders, definitely a chill out tune.

3.5/5

10. Your Girl, Tourist.

I love this tune, it’s simple layering build up is neat and it’s crisp. Regular enough to keep up the pace, loud enough to drown out heavy, I’m-dying-but-I’m-still-running style breathing. There’s something sweet about the melody in this, it’s a pleasant progression and is definitely an upbeat listen. I got to say, it’s hard to pin down why this one is on my running list, but I think there’s something to be said here for simplicity.

3/5

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There you go. 10 songs for your running playlist. Hit me up with any suggestions to keep me running…

What are you waiting for?

Get going!

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