Friday, January 27

Like Riding a Bike

For those of us who like a good bicycle ride.
Originally made for my brother's morning commute,
this has equal parts motivation, fun and patience.

  1. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Shake It Out
    Throw some gear in your backpack or basket and let's go...
  2. Amadou & Mariam - Dougou Badia (ft. Santigold)
    Best played loud.
  3. Gang of Four - Natural's Not In It
  4. Buddy Holly - Slipping and Sliding (Jacques Renault Remix)
    The part of urban biking that gets me is the feeling of gracefully sliding in between the immobile skyscrapers and slow pedestrians.  It's like you've discovered a better way to travel and everyone else is still asleep.  It's fun to cruise around, look up at the buildings and see how the daylight changes from street to street.  These next three songs go well with that feeling of awe.
  5. Air Waves - Knockout
  6. Flume - Sleepless (feat. Anthony for Cleopatra)
    At first this will sound like just another instrumental hip hop track, but the tension and build up lead to an all-encompassing outro where vocal samples are coming from all angles.  Great stuff.
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dance, Dance, Dance
    Yeah that's right, I put a Chili Peppers song on this playlist.  I wouldn't normally put this much bubblegum on the blog, but I happen to put this on when I was biking home from Mt. Tabor at sunset and it just FIT.  Best going downhill so you can feel the wind on your face.
  8. SBTRKT - Pharaohs
    Somehow London's Aaron Jerome managed to squeeze two of the most fun tracks of 2011 on his selftitled album.  I almost didn't put it on here, because I didn't want anyone dancing so hard they don't notice that truck heading right for them.  You're on your own.
  9. High Contrast - Racing Green
    Now you're not going to want to listen to this when it starts, but give it time and you'll soon be cutting off taxis running red lights.  The genius of High Contrast is that he hooks you with emotion rather than aggression like most Drum 'n Bass artists. He almost tricks you into becoming a DnB fan.
  10. The Winstons - Amen, Brother
    When you get hired as a bike messenger they give you a Walkman
    with Amen, Brother and Sea Groove on it.
  11. Big Boss Man - Sea Groove
  12. Youth Lagoon - Daydream
    How can you have a bad day and listen to this song?  Man I feel like I just had a picnic with my sweetheart and now we're biking home in tweed on a Saturday in June.  Sheesh.
  13. LCD Soundsystem - All I Want
    For those long rides alone.

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