Buro 24/7 Singapore Weekly Playlist: #45
Rock and roll
When we were setting up Ritual, we were sick of hearing the same commercial dance tunes and faceless house music that dominate mainstream gym culture. For us, house beats are out, and guitar riffs are in. The 10 tracks I've chosen are designed to give you a feel for what it's like, sonically, during a 30-minute visit to Ritual.
Getting in the mood
Before each 20-minute training session, there's usually some classic rock — Jimi Hendrix, T-Rex, AC/DC — to get you psyched up. I went with Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones because it has the greatest introduction of any song ever recorded. This is a scientific fact.
During a session
Our sessions are based around High Intensity Interval Training, so it's important to keep the energy high and the guitars dirty. Jack White is an expert at the latter. I've no idea why he's so passionate about crackers, but I'm glad he is because Sixteen Saltines rocks like a bastard, and it's the perfect way to kick off a training session.
Whilst everyone's favourite French disco-robots fall foul of our 'no house beats' rule, the more organic beats of LCD Soundsystem's Daft Punk Is Playing At My House at least allow me to sneak in a reference. While it's usually a bad idea for bands to get back together (Guns N' Roses, I'm looking at you), I'm inclined to give James Murphy and co. the benefit of the doubt. I know nothing about Ty Segall except that he does a great job of knocking out deceptively simple garage rock tunes that sound like they were recorded in 1971. With broken microphones. Girlfriend is probably my favourite of his — it just sounds so effortless, like it was knocked out in five minutes the day after he kissed a real girl for the first time.
Such youthful optimism is somewhat lacking in the last track of the session, Man by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I've no idea who pissed off the incomparable Karen O, but I'm glad it led to this song — for a band with just two instruments, they really make a glorious racket.
Choosing songs for the cool down is my favourite part of doing the music at Ritual, because I'm not quite as restricted in my choices. It's a great way to sneak in tracks that you'd never ever hear in any other gym on earth — only at Ritual can you hear Spiritualized, Jeff Buckley or Wild Beasts. However, in this case I've gone with Dayvan Cowboy by the world's finest purveyors of woozy, strangely nostalgic electronica: Boards of Canada. Check out the insanely clever production on the drum fill at 3:07 and the top-line synth that follows. It's truly magical.
Ritual Gym is at 11 North Canal Road, #03-01, Singapore 048824. Exclusive: save 50% on a seven-day trial by booking at here and using the discount code BURO247.
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