Did you know that PX’s class-leading battery brings you 22 hours of wireless playback? That’s a lot of music to enjoy. So we’ve put together a special playlist of tracks which are slightly longer than usual to enhance your time. All of the tracks we’ve picked sound great on PX, and the catch is that they’re no less than five minutes in length.
The best-selling 12” single of all time, Blue Monday is often credited for bridging the gap between 70s disco and early house. There are so many great elements to this classic; the organic production, that unmistakably distinctive kick drum rhythm and of course, those industrial synth sounds. First released in 1983, it has since become a triumphant anthem in the dance-club scene.
Has there ever been a groovier song in 7/4 time? We don’t think so. The song famously begins with a tape loop of money-related sound effects that appear throughout. But it’s when the song switches to 4/4 where the real fun begins, as Gilmour’s driving guitar solo captivates and takes centre stage. Inventive, endless fun.
From an album wholeheartedly dedicated to blues music, Moanin’ is a jam session full of infectious playing that cooks up a deliciously raucous atmosphere. Every time we listen to this track we hear something new; whether that be in the intricacies of the musical lines, its textures or the subtle changes in tempo and rhythm – this is Mingus and his band in their absolute element.
Open Eye Signal
Are you ready to embark on a musical journey? From the delicate dawn-like synths in the beginning, to the writhing, abrasive – yet tasteful – beats at the end, this track is a sonic delight. But what Jon Hopkins does so impeccably well in this composition is blend both aforementioned elements to create a techno track that is just as accessible as it is alternative.
Sultans of Swing – Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London/1983
Possibly containing one of the most recognisable hooks ever, we’ve actually decided to choose the live version for this playlist. If you’re a fan of guitar solos, look no further than this track. Frontman Mark Knopfler will send you straight to heaven with his extended solos which are matched by the rest of the band’s electric energy. And for a live album recording, it sounds amazing.
Not only does this song possess some serious afrobeat grooves, the album of the same name brought direct conflict between Kuti and the Nigerian army leading up to its release. But putting politics aside, this track is a true world music powerhouse containing passion, percussion and infectious melodies.
The War On Drugs
Ok, we lied. Red Eyes clocks in at 4:59, but we promise that you won’t be disappointed. From their critically acclaimed album Lost In The Dream, this track is packed full of epic riffs, soaring synths and driving energy, and that’s why it deserves to make this playlist.
Postcard from 1952
Explosions In The Sky
Post-rock outfit Explosions In The Sky are known for their dynamic live shows, but luckily for them, the dynamics are wonderfully captured in their studio recordings. This track is a slow burner, starting ever so quietly with echoed guitars that (for us, anyway) depicts vivid images of a nostalgic past. Turn this one up and listen to the magic unfold – the music video is something to behold, too.
Workin’ Day And Night
Perhaps one of MJ’s lesser known tracks compared to his classic singles, Workin’ Day And Night is a stunning musical concoction of funk, disco and pop, and at 128bpm is the fastest song on his critically acclaimed Off The Wall album. Produced by the legendary Quincy Jones, this track comes alive on PX, with intricate rhythms from the band and vocals provided by the King of Pop himself delivered with impeccable timing.
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
This track has seen a lot more mainstream attention since its inclusion in the summer smash-hit film Baby Driver, and quite rightly so. This is blues music with a hard-hitting punk edge, but on a grand and relentless scale. Don’t be fooled by the introduction with strings, because the meaty guitars, angular drums and a wild sense of fun will soon leave you breathless.
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