So a friend of mine asked me to do a mix for her circuits class at our local gym. Turns out the music is doing her head in a bit after the umpteenth listen, which I think is a pre-requisite of all gym music. I thought why not, figured I’d need something at around 130bpm to help keep running and sweating and things and then decided it’d be the perfect occasion to use tracks I’ve had for the last year but which I never get a chance to play out and also use that folder of (UK) Funky tracks a friend had given me last year.
I can’t say I’ve been following the Funky thing that closely or heard much outside of the bigger tracks that have trickled into other scenes or eclectic DJ mixes. I like some of what I’ve heard though, and I also like the weird mutations that Funky’s popularity has spawned recently such as ‘slower’ numbers from producers like Kode 9, Zinc, Ramadanman and Martyn or even the more unapologetic and energetic tracks from people like Poirier.
So I thought why not put it all into a bowl – rhythmically driven tracks + dance music mutations + sweat – and see what gives. I’d been wanting to do a mix at this bpm for a while as well, so the whole thing was locked at 132bpm in Ableton and mixed in one go with a couple of edits after that. It’s about the closest I can get to jumping on the decks to throw a quick mix with all my gear still being in storage in various parts of Europe and Japan.
If you need something to listen to while you exercise, run, cycle, [insert healthy activity here] then I guess this could work nicely – I know I’ve found this speed of music to be the best for me when I exercise, and the mix has plenty of rhythmic breakdowns to get your sweat on. Watch out for that drums outro on The Bug remix of Poirier – sure to make you lose a pound or two. In the gym or in a dance.
While I wait to find out if the gym goes for it, here’s the mix for all the gym freaks, daytime desk dancers and people who like music too. Big up Jim for supplying about one third of the tracks!
Debruit – Nigeria What?
DVA – Nasty, Nasty, Nasty (Roska remix)
D Malice – Gabryelle refix
LD – Shake It
DVA – Natty
Tribal Audio – Feel it ft. Bianca
Terror Danjah – Acid
Donae-o – Party Hard
Kode 9 – Black Sun
Roska – Feeline VIP
Jazmine Sullivan – Need U Bad (Crazy Cousins dub)
Brackles and Shortstuff – Sutorita Faita
Kode 9 – 2 Far Gone
Karizma – CU (basic rhythm track)
Paleface & Kyla – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousins Remix)
FaltyDL – Party
Novalima – Yo Voy (Seiji remix)
Ghislain Poirier ft. Face T – Blazin (The Bug remix)
N.B Funky – Riddim Box
Poirier – Marathon
Zinc ft Nolay – Killa Sound
Pearson Sound – Wad
Martyn – Mega Drive Generation
Roska – Elevated Levels
Geeneus – Ultrafunkula
Untold – Just For You (Roska remix)
Roska – Hey Cutie
Soule Power – Guro Triba