One of the greatest outcomes of the digital music space is undoubtedly the shuffle. The balls-to-the-wall option perfect for unstoppable career climbers and party go-getters who can dance their way through time, genres and specifically ordered album tracks. It can be a heady parade however if your music tastes swing wildly from club bangers to instrumental compositions, so I’d like to suggest a few song types which serve as a cleanser for the beloved powers of your shuffle.
ANYTHING BY DUCK SAUCE
The debut album from Duck Sauce is a minigun barrel of camp disco bangers which is perfect shuffle fodder. Unconvinced? Just imagine you’re relishing in the musical intricacies of a Radiohead track, you’re completely absorbed by the complex layers and textures, clear of your direction in life, when Spandex drops. Swooping your clear thought space and carrying it forward with the finger-shaking strut of a free lioness. It’s an awakening many are afraid to admit too, but you’ll feel it when fellow commuters swerve your path. No-one stops Spandex.
SHADOW COMET THEME FROM SUPER MARIO GALAXY
Sometimes your shuffle can send you into a daze. In your attempts to front load your iPod with cool tracks from the latest acoustic crooner or minimal synth troupe, production which really pops is sorely lacking from your musical library. Enter, the Super Mario shadow comet theme. It gears you up for urgency and will having you feverishly panicking as you dash in a circle looking for any remaining coins. Then you’ll wake up and realise Super Mario isn’t real and the whole endeavour was an acute reflection of how society’s money-driven world has embedded into your natural thought process. Sucker.
DIALOGUE EXTRACTS FROM FILMS
I’ll give you an insight into my iPod. Currently I have the Django Unchained soundtrack from top to bottom stored on there; mainly for the title theme, the John Legend track and ‘Freedom’ which is the ideal sound for any pensive walk over the desert hills. Also littered in there are dialogue extracts from the film which I’ve slowly grown to love over my shuffle journey’s. They’re like the irritating skits you get on rap albums, only they’re good because they can hysterically lead into a Taylor Swift single or ‘Go All the Way’ by the Raspberries. Get involved.
ROUSING USSR SONGS ABOUT STALIN
Because doesn’t everyone need a dictator in the morning?
YOU’RE THE BEST FROM THE KARATE KID
Shuffles are designed to cheer you up. They may anger or frustrate from time to time, but it’s important to remember the amount of joy you put in is what you’ll inevitably get out. So to treat yourself, stick on Joe Esposito’s ‘You’re The Best’ from the Karate Kid. You never know when you might need the audio-equivalent of a hearty pat on the back, so you’re best leaving this somewhere in the mix. The shuffle gods will see its delivered when you need it most – probably reading a blog post about how best to spice up your shuffle because you’ve exhausted every morsel of happiness to be had from the internet today. No wait, come back! Stay! WITH ME!