Category Archives: WORKOUT PLAYLISTS

A Workout Playlist: Bands Whose Names I Don’t Like

Chris Lawhorn, the resident DJ at Marie Claire and Real Age, reviews 300-400 singles every month, trying to find the best new music for a workout. Every week, he’ll be posting an indie-centric playlist for MAGNET readers. To vote on upcoming tracks, hear this month’s contenders and find more resources for matching songs to the pace of your exercise routine, you can visit his workout music site.

Really, I like most of the names of the bands included here. Actually, I like half. Yacht and Sleater-Kinney are fine names. Grum and Nujax both give me reservations—Grum, in particular. I know I’d been glossing over while reviewing things, as I thought, “This music probably sounds gross.” In fact, when I finally heard the Toto-sampling “Through The Night,” it didn’t sound gross at all. It sounded nice. And then I saw the video—and had mixed feelings again. Not because it’s sort of homoerotic, but just because the whole J.D. Samson/”Sabotage” video/Reno 911! combination seems sort of dubious. But, like I said, the song is nice. (And the other folks here … Gossip are also well-named, but since they used to be the the Gossip, I had to double-check this while writing. But, that’s not much of a complaint. And, actually, while I’m thinking about it: Grum’s video might actually be a decent fit for Gossip’s track here. Just a thought.)

In the mean time, here are your uptempo jams for the gym.

1.  Yacht “I’m In Love With A Ripper (Party Mix)” (115 BPM)
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2.  Gossip “Men In Love” (132 BPM)
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3.  Sleater-Kinney “You’re No Rock ‘N’ Roll Fun” (142 BPM)
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4.  Nujax “Super Duper Fly” (129 BPM)
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5.  Grum “Through The Night” (133 BPM)
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A Workout Playlist: But Would You Run To It?

Chris Lawhorn, the resident DJ at Marie Claire and Real Age, reviews 300-400 singles every month, trying to find the best new music for a workout. Every week, he’ll be posting an indie-centric playlist for MAGNET readers. To vote on upcoming tracks, hear this month’s contenders and find more resources for matching songs to the pace of your exercise routine, you can visit his workout music site.

Having inaugurated this column with an odd tempo, I thought I’d try to put together a more straightforward list. In order to run to the beat of a song, it usually has to be about 140 BPM or above. The trouble with this region, though, is that so few songs exist here naturally. There are lots of techno and metal songs here. And there are loads of 70 BPM songs that you can double up on. But, the higher you get—in terms of tempo—the fewer songs you have to pull from. Nevertheless, I dug up Jamaica’s most recent single, Wiz Khalifa’s admirable attempt to rap over a techno/club staple and Hot Chip’s fairly hands-off crack at “Rehab.”

You can check them out.

1.  Jamaica “I Think I Like U2” (156 BPM)
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2.  We Are Scientists “After Hours” (161 BPM)
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3.  Wiz Khalifa “Say Yeah” (144 BPM)
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4.  Spoon “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” (143 BPM)
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5.  Amy Winehouse “Rehab (Hot Chip Remix)” (145 BPM)
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A Workout Playlist: 125 BPM

Chris Lawhorn, the resident DJ at Marie Claire and Real Age, reviews 300-400 singles every month, trying to find the best new music for a workout. Every week, he’ll be posting an indie-centric playlist for MAGNET readers. To vote on upcoming tracks, hear this month’s contenders and find more resources for matching songs to the pace of your exercise routine, you can visit his workout music site.

I was monkeying around in my DJ notes, trying to put together a workout playlist that focuses on songs from a single tempo. 125 BPM is an interesting one, as it’s a bit faster than you likely walk, but not fast enough for a run. Accordingly, it tends to match your workout best if you’re one some sort of machine: an elliptical, a StairMaster, etc.

Anyway, I yanked a handful of tracks that both clock in at 125 and cover a decent amount of terrain. Serge Gainsbourg holds things down in the “unlikely, but fun workout music” department. Hard-Fi’s “Hard To Beat” lives up to its name, laying down the groove from which Axwell extracted a U.K. club hit a few years back. And Dev picks up where Chelley’s “Took The Night” and Fannypack’s “Cameltoe” left off.

Will you love any of these? I have no idea. But, if you’re looking for something to keep you on pace for the course of a workout, you could do worse.

1. Chromeo “Bonafied Lovin”
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2. Serge Gainsbourg “Sea, Sex & Sun”
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3. Cut Copy “Lights & Music”
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4. Dev “Booty Bounce”
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5. Hard-Fi “Hard To Beat”
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