Motorik/Krautrock playlist for running
June 11, 2014 1:46 PM   Subscribe

I'm putting together a Spotify playlist for running (working my way up to 5K), which so far includes Hallogallo by Neu! and Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab, and some songs by Fujiya and Miyagi. What I like about them is the driving, repetitive, steady motorik beat (or a beat that, if not technically motorik, gives the same feeling). I'd love to get more recommendations for other songs that would go on such a playlist.
posted by matildaben to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
A few songs by Broadcast come to mind. Black Cat is one that I enjoy while running. It has just a motorik-like beat that's just a titch slower than a typical kraut song.
posted by magdalemon at 1:54 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Don't have time to find YouTube links now but...

Can - Mother Sky
Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Stereolab - We're Not Adult Orientated
Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened
Horrors - Sea Within a Sea
Feelies - Forces at Work
posted by Leontine at 2:17 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also try...

Bill Withers - Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
Subway - Jupiter
Sea and Cake - Interiors (Broadcast Remix)
posted by Leontine at 2:25 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Don't miss Stereolab's Metronomic Underground
posted by porn in the woods at 2:26 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

That whole Stereolab album Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements is good for the repetitive sound. So is Emperor Ketchup. Anything more recent is more poppy.
posted by blucevalo at 2:28 PM on June 11, 2014

Emperor Tomato Ketchup, sorry, brain freeze.
posted by blucevalo at 2:28 PM on June 11, 2014

Illum Sphere - Sleeprunner
posted by raihan_ at 2:54 PM on June 11, 2014

Hardly Motorik, but The New Pornographers - Star Bodies makes me feel the same way.
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:58 PM on June 11, 2014

Tortoise's DJed is a 20 minute suite that begins and ends with some great motorik. Great workout music.
posted by porn in the woods at 4:38 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

Many tracks on the Run Lola Run Soundtrack have that kind of feel, I think.

Are you going for a specific bpm range? Can you find out the bpm for the songs you like so far?
posted by the big lizard at 6:18 PM on June 11, 2014

PITW gave you my answer (Djed), so I'll just point out this tumblr I stumbl'd on.
posted by mean square error at 6:20 PM on June 11, 2014 [1 favorite]

I was just listening to Here We Go Magic today thinking how much they sound like the Feelies meets krautrock.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:03 PM on June 11, 2014

Love Builds Up - Electrelane

They've got some other krautrocky songs too; this is just the one that sticks out in my head as best for running.
posted by vogon_poet at 8:02 PM on June 11, 2014

Two more versions of Can's "Mother Sky:"

Th' Faith Healers
posted by Leontine at 8:38 PM on June 11, 2014

Check out the band Maserati, either with their first drummer Jerry Fuchs (R.I.P.) or with their newer drummer.

Also check out the other bands that Jerry was in.
posted by intermod at 9:36 PM on June 11, 2014

Not on Spotify, unfortunately, but Quickspace Supersport's 'Superplus' is absolutely tremendous.

+1,000,000 for Mother Sky!
posted by ZipRibbons at 1:18 AM on June 12, 2014

Oh! And Beak.
posted by ZipRibbons at 1:32 AM on June 12, 2014

Mr. Marx's Table - Wire
The Daytrotter version is really good, more driving. Probably better for running.
posted by Leontine at 6:14 AM on June 12, 2014

The War on Drugs An Ocean In Between the Waves
posted by otolith at 7:43 AM on June 12, 2014

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