Somehow in the past year, I’ve turned into one of those people who start off their day with an early morning run. Even though I’ve grown to love running itself, there are sometimes mornings in which the only thing that keeps me going is the music pounding through my headphones. Without music, there’s nothing to distract me from the sweat in my eyes, the cramp in my side, or the ache in my feet. These three tracks are a few of the ones that give me the motivation to get in that extra mile without keeling over.
1. “60 Revolutions” – Gogol Bordello
Sometimes I need something totally raucous to put the spring back in my stride. “60 Revolutions” gets the job done with its rollicking accordion (trust me, it’s awesome) and swaggering guitar line. Singer Eugene Hütz might not have the prettiest voice, but you’d have to be dead in the ground for his madcap gypsy rock to keep you immobile.
2. “Deus Ex Machina” – Pure Reason Revolution
“Deus Ex Machina” doesn’t sound like running music. In fact, its new prog-grunge sounds like it’d be more at home in a badly lit German nightclub. That down and dirty rawness, though, is complemented by shimmering synths that cut through the darkness. Balance, then, is the name of the game here, because in all honesty, this track shouldn’t work. There are so many working parts that you’d think it would fall apart under its own weight. Instead, it somehow works, and does so beautifully.
3. “Immunize” – Pendulum (Ft. Liam Howlett)
For the longest time, I shrugged off drum and bass as a lesser genre of music, simply because it didn’t seem as technically impressive or expressive as the standard “two guitars, one bassist, one drummer” formula. “Immunize” was the song that took me over to the dark side. It’s a blisteringly paced track and its addictive hooks are enough to convert even the staunchest non-believer. The fact that it features the D&B king – Liam Howlett from The Prodigy – certainly helps.