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January 10, 2019

"Exercise your demons" playlist

“Exercise Your Demons” Playlist

The Low-fi team
BACKSTAGE — PLAYLIST

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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Do they include anything about more physical activity? If yes, then you are in luck, because the Backstage hivemind is going to give you a lot of soundtrack inspirations. However if you are not the new year’s resolution type, you can use these for your power walking, singing along in your car or furiously tapping your foot on the bus. Let it be very clear, we don’t support any dieting fads, body shaming or any of the sort. These are song to rock on to and feel energized.

And here is waaay more extensive Spotify playlist with songs that we think are worthy to be in the category. 


Delia — Dopamine Lit by Lupe Fiasco

Finding time to work out is always a challenging task and I can safely say I failed at that, heroically, during 2018. Don't fret, I won't be invading your gym, but like most out there, I'll do much better (*cough*) in 2019 and go back to basics. No promises, though.

When I was a kid, I had a sacred Saturday routine: watch NBA Action on TV, then hit the court and spend the better part of the day trying to replicate all the cool moves I saw those guys do. Basketball has always been my go-to workout. There's no end to the fun of a shoot-around, even more so with the right soundtrack in your ears. And let me tell you, there's just *something* about the rhythm that Lupe Fiasco tunes impose on a solo session of shooting hoops.

So, if you're looking to get in the groove or maybe just augment your swag quotient exponentially, I'll leave you with this:

Mihaela - Fuckers by Savages

Mine is a workout/get-your-angry-out type of song. If you have had a bad day, here is bulletproof system of how to let that bs go. Let me walk you through it. First, get into some comfortable gear and choose your favorite physical activity. Put the song on, this is how it goes. It’s 10 mins, so be prepared.

It starts slow, perfect for some stretching, crack whatever needs to be cracked, all that. By min 2, things are picking up, you can start moving. Jenny Beth will tell you what this is about, it’s about the Fuckers and how you should never let the Fuckers get you down. She is very convincing. At 4.30’ you will start feeling like it’s gonna go down and you get excited, so you are really pushing whatever you are doing. By the 4.40’ mark it happens, all that build up pays off beautifully. Those drums kick in and you can go as hard as you can. From that point on you have solid 5 mins of pure energy pumping through your body. Make use of it, show’em Fuckers.

 ALSO do yourself a favor and watch the video.

Jana - Athlete by Boy Better Know feat. Goldie1

Even though the song title might be a bit on the nose, this track is indeed a real powerhouse that makes you run for your life or until the treadmill breaks. The earth-shattering bass that kicks in during the chorus just fills your veins with adrenaline and makes you feel like you’re on top of the world.

On top of that, the leading grime MC crew Boy Better Know is spitting one excellent verse after another, which makes it not only a musical but also a lyrical treat. Then again you wouldn’t really expect anything less with such members as the godfathers of grime like Wiley and Skepta. So tie your lace, fix your face and run like an athlete.

Erika - DVP by PUP

I have learned from my years in Denmark that workout is too big a word for biking to work. But hey! That’s the only exercise this booty gets - that and stress cleaning. DVP by PUP is the perfect soundtrack for both. With its relentless urgency and joyful howls, this punk anthem goes beyond music, marching straight into workout-buddy-who-makes-sure-you-never-stop-moving territory. Reading and listening for this post, I realized two things:

1. DVP’s lyrics make it more of an anti-workout song (cue alcoholism, refusing to grow up, a troubled relationship), so don’t even bother googling.

2. This song bypasses all reason, punches your gut and fuels your feet big time. Give your brain a break. Allow yourself to howl along in oblivion.

The Toronto band named DVP after their home city's Don Valley Parkway. Now, the bike lane along Hillerødmotorvejen is no great Canadian expressway, but that sure didn’t stop me from feeling like a high speed vehicle this whole summer. Try it out for yourself. Remember your helmet.  

Erika - DVP by PUP

I have learned from my years in Denmark that workout is too big a word for biking to work. But hey! That’s the only exercise this booty gets - that and stress cleaning. DVP by PUP is the perfect soundtrack for both. With its relentless urgency and joyful howls, this punk anthem goes beyond music, marching straight into workout-buddy-who-makes-sure-you-never-stop-moving territory. Reading and listening for this post, I realized two things:

1. DVP’s lyrics make it more of an anti-workout song (cue alcoholism, refusing to grow up, a troubled relationship), so don’t even bother googling.

2. This song bypasses all reason, punches your gut and fuels your feet big time. Give your brain a break. Allow yourself to howl along in oblivion.

 The Toronto band named DVP after their home city's Don Valley Parkway. Now, the bike lane along Hillerødmotorvejen is no great Canadian expressway, but that sure didn’t stop me from feeling like a high speed vehicle this whole summer. Try it out for yourself. Remember your helmet.

Miruna - Maniac by Michael Sembello

I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. I don’t work out regularly, but I do have some yearly attempts usually around January. You know the drill: walking to the nearest gym in the neighborhood to renew that membership, downloading their app, and signing up for a few classes. Sounds like the “new year, new fit me” mantra finally becoming a reality.

I chose to attend classes that involved some dancing because I thought that would be more entertaining and more engaging than watching sitcoms on the elliptical. It was, but only for the first 10 minutes. Then I realized that me and my little heart need to make it alive by the end of the class. And, every single time I thought we were going to slow down, here came the grand finale.

It hit from the very first notes with a super racing tempo, hammered synthesizers, followed by the never-ending chorus “Maniac, maniac, manic on the floor”. Take all of the above, add a dance instructor yelling to speed up, puddles of sweat everywhere, and the hope that this song will be over very soon. I guess not everyone is as skilled as Jennifer Beals in Flashdance. And that, my friends, is why I don’t work out anymore.

Christy - I Love It by Icona Pop (feat. Charli XCX)

I’ve never been a very active person. However, I’ve come to realize that I can’t avoid working out forever and over the past 3 years have been begrudgingly going to the gym on and off, whipping myself to join the never-ending and repetitive nature of the gym session. I don’t hate the gym but I definitely do not enjoy the hassle of working out.

In the beginning, I created workout playlists to keep myself motivated, featuring pop songs I liked and loud upbeat songs to block out the sounds of my out-of-breath self. I realized over time that this was a bad idea because I can no longer listen to those songs without thinking about those torturous gym sessions.

So, this is my tip - if you don’t enjoy working out, NEVER listen to your favorite songs at the gym. I’ve learned it the hard way and I can no longer listen to Icona Pop’s “I love It”. These days, I just don’t listen to music at the gym and if I do it’s random radio hits.

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