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    Music, the language of the soul, is as old as humanity. The therapeutic benefits of music can be traced back in time to ancient shamanistic rituals. Music, as tool of healing was recognized in the writings of Aristotle, Pythagoras and Plato. They believed that it can influence physical, emotional, cognitive and social well-being and improve quality of life. In fact, there have been many recent studies that show if you listen to music while exercising, your brain will probably work better too.



    #10 The Royal Concept – “D-D-Dance”:


    “…that’s where “D-D-Dance” comes in. When it starts up with a series of shocking guitar strikes and Peter, Bjorn & John-esque drumming patterns, it becomes quite clear that you’re going to be in for a — as the name entitles — dance-filled time.” – IndieCurrent

     #9 Ra Ra Riot – “Dance With Me”:


    “New ’80s-inspired synth begins to overtake Ra Ra Riot’s signature string flourishes right from first track “Dance With Me.” From there, it is clear that “Beta Love” is a new turn for the Syracuse rockers—the same vigor, just a different manifestation.” – StudLife

    #8 Empire of The Sun – “Walking On A Dream”:


    “This Sydney duo (duo!) have arrived bearing blissful psych-pop with visions of a New World Order Of Shagging For Peace siphoned directly from the Wesleyan College acid pool.” – NME

     #7 Foster The People “Houdini (RAC REMIX):


    “The Oregon remix connoisseur has only the finest palette, reworking the likes of Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Empire Of The Sun, the list goes on and on. Customary to his other remixes, this new rendition of “Houdini,” which is brimming with synths and electro pop swagger” – PrettyMuchAmazing

    #6 MGMT – “Time To Pretend”:


    “Super hooky keyboard component positioning itself in your mind against the computerized space-rock background. Meanwhile, vocalists Ben Goldwasser & Andrew VanWyngarden add some lyrical weight by melodically piecing together an amusing send-up of the various misadventures of those in the spotlight.” – SputnikMusic

      #5 Ra Ra Riot – “Boy (RAC REMIX)”:


    Great remix by RAC to a song that has sexy bass lines, and great vocals sure to get stuck in your head as your finish your workout.

    #4 Capital Cities – “Safe and Sound”:


    “I’m digging “Safe and Sound” from LA’s Capital Cities. Just a perfect blend of electro-infused synths and a catchy chorus that keeps me coming back for more.” – TheChuckness

     #3 Walk The Moon – “Tete-A-Tete”:


    “A Slice of indie pop fun.  The guitars are light and rhythmic while the drums keep time and add a little punch to the track.” – 100PercentRock

     #2 Youngblood Hawke – “We Come Running”:



    “Whoever says alternative music hasn’t gone pop needs to check out Youngblood Hawke. The Los Angeles-based indie rockers prove that pop music certainly has a place in the new era of alternative music with their catchy, candy-coated pop anthems that somehow fit on the alternative radio dial.” – Audioinkradio

     #1 Calvin Harris, Tinie Tempah – “Drinking From The Bottle”:


    “With lyrics about necking booze from buckets with sparklers, name-checking Rihanna, the Kardashians and, erm, Danny DeVito as well as a ravey breakdown that you could set your watch to, they’ve ticked all the necessary boxes for an easy chart hit. “I know this crazy life can be a bitter pill to swallow,” he continues, prompting our weary response: “Go on then, one last time won’t hurt us… right?” – DigitalSpy

    You can view, listen and subscribe to my entire SHREDFAT workout playlist below. How cool is that!

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