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Singles love

June 16, 2012

Zula’s “Technocrat Motorist Coping” is all the weirdest moments of Death Cab for Cutie’s work jammed into one song. The slightly psychedelic indie-pop track is oddly endearing and engrossing, as all the parts come together incredibly well. I like!

Guess what! Another Australian band is fantastic! This time it’s Hey Geronimo on a return single, after conquering my psyche with “Why Don’t We Do Something” last November. “Carbon Affair” is a summery slice of hand-clappy, tom-crazy, Vampire Weekend guitar stealing, pop/rock goodness.

Only Starlings, TN could make a song called “(Tonight) I’m Just Looking To Get Laid” into a depressing tune. Combining weeping guitar, aching strings, and Steven Stubbefield’s down-and-out vocal musings, the band manages to do just that. If you’re into Americana, check it; if you’re into seeing how such a hair metal sentiment can go into “tears in my beer” song, also check it.

Bermuda Bonnie’s “Shimmer” is the sort of party jam I love: it has elements of ubiquitous hip-hop and/or house (in this case a persistent, vaguely tribal beat that sounds like you should dance to it) but it takes those things in weird directions that people don’t realize until they’re on the dance floor (in this case, flutes, weird electronic noises that kind of sound like animal/insect noises). Totally cool track.

And it’s not one track, but a bunch of tracks next: Chris Lawhorn over at Run Hundred has put together the top running songs from May. –Stephen Carradini

With summer nearly upon us, there’s a mess of new music bumping in a gym near you. The singles from Usher and Linkin Park’s new albums are out now—along with Pitbull’s contribution to the Men in Black III soundtrack. Also, on the movie tip, Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” returns to the top 10—albeit in a dark, retro remix that works the American Idol veteran into a groove straight out of the Scarface or Drive soundtrack.Lastly, the top 10 is rounded out by trio of collaborations wherein Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, and Cee Lo paired up with Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B., and Slaughterhouse.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix) – 142 BPM

Pitbull – Back in Time – 126 BPM

Maroon 5 & Wiz Khalifa – Payphone – 110 BPM

Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break – 123 BPM

Usher – Scream – 129 BPM

Linkin Park – Burn It Down – 111 BPM

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (Hotline’s Miami Vice Club Remix) – 118 BPM

Slaughterhouse & Cee Lo Green – My Life – 137 BPM

B.o.B. & Taylor Swift – Both of Us – 127 BPM

Katy Perry – Part of Me (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Remix) – 130 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine. —Chris Lawhorn

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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