Music For: Getting Physical

Not everyone makes a 45 minute Nike mixtape tailored for jogging intervals (45:33 by LCD Soundsystem, is well worth a lap, if you’ve never), so let’s pretend: in the same way that dreaming meant ambient sounds, getting physical means active sounds. Here’s a randomly potent grouping to run to, or rep to, or you know, mentally move with, however you choose.

[BoxTitle]Light Asylum: In Tension[/BoxTitle] [MusicVideos target="blank"][/MusicVideos] [Listen][/Listen]

Enabled by industrial lighting bolts, low-pitch powerhouse Shannon Funchess has a rare ability to summon inner beasts. Her band thrives in dark shadows—an unsettling and unlikely atmosphere for sweaty electropunk conquests. That contrast is basically their essence, and proves to be quite effective for a good steam-release every now and then.

[BoxTitle]Moon Duo: Mazes[/BoxTitle] [MusicVideos target="blank"][/MusicVideos] [Listen][/Listen] [BuyNow][/BuyNow]

Psychedelia probably shouldn’t mix with physical exertion, but Mazes is some sort of zonal exception. Dangerously replayable, these buzzing guitar pop jams can really send a chunk of time spiraling. “When You Cut” is the most infectious cycle, and should be entered with caution (this will stay in your head for days).

[BoxTitle]No Modest Bear: Summer 2011[/BoxTitle] [FreeDownload][/FreeDownload]

That raft might be misleading; this mix stays above resting heart rate for almost all of its 80 minutes. Oskar of Swedish blog No Modest Bear has an ear for attractive dance music, and a way with splicing it together. And while this remix-heavy soundcloud can fade into any headphone-friendly activity, it can also pinpoint what’s rising right now (Purity Ring, Oregon Bike Trails, etc).

[BoxTitle]Death Grips: Exmilitary[/BoxTitle] [MusicVideos target="blank"][/MusicVideos] [Listen][/Listen] [FreeDownload][/FreeDownload]

No stranger to these pages, Death Grips is the irresistible force of 2011. Put these beats towards any immovable object, and shit will go down. Frontman MC Ride is a madman on a verbal rampage, screaming over genre-bending samples and hyperactive percussion. Far too original to be called a mixtape, Exmilitary is a weapon.

[BoxTitle]Fuck Buttons: Tarot Sport[/BoxTitle] [MusicVideos target="blank"][/MusicVideos] [Listen][/Listen] [BuyNow][/BuyNow]

A classic inclusion here, there’s something about what Fuck Buttons do and how it can be applied. For example, P90X Extreme Home Fitness DVDs run for approximately an hour—you start with a 10 minute warm up, then a 40 minute space mountain climb, then a triumphant climax (sometimes greeted by a marching droid army of drummers with shooting stars overhead), then you transcend the physical world, and end with a cool down. P90X Extreme Home Fitness DVDs have a “music off” feature which allows you to supplement with your own musical preference; these tracks might inspire you.

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