Music Scene

Louise McQuade

Tunes to give you some ‘gym-spiration’

Hard to beat some Calvin Harris music in the gym.

Hard to beat some Calvin Harris music in the gym.

For all the gym-spiration you need, check out the ultimate workout playlist featuring tracks from some of our local health and fitness experts (and me).
Pull yourself a playlist on Spotify or Youtube and get motivated with this selection of beats and bass:

Aidan McBride, R33 Strength & Conditioning, Seskinore / Fintona
• Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard ft. Busta Rhymes – Beast (Southpaw Remix).
• Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness ft. MGMT.
• Imagine Dragons – Radioactive.
• Bebe Rexha – I Can’t Stop Drinking About You.


Paddy McGrath, PMAX Fitness, Omagh
• New Order – Blue Monday.
• Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy.
• AC/DC – Thunderstruck.
• Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven.

Ryan Cunningham, Ryans Gym, Fintona
• Galantis & Hook N Sling – Love On Me.
• Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own (Tiësto Remix/Audio).
• Calvin Harris – Blame ft. John Newman.
• Shawn Mendes – Mercy (Loote Remix).
• Galantis – Runaway (U & I) (Gioni Remix).
• Clean Bandit – Tears feat. Louisa Johnson (99 Souls Remix).

Conor Garrity, Movement, Dromore / Trillick
• The Chemical Brothers – Go.
• Disclosure – Bang That.
• Jamie T – Zombie.
• Justin Timberlake – Rock Your body.

Declan Campbell, Raw Performance, Omagh
• Matoma & The Notorious B.I.G. – Old Thing Back.
• The Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright.
• Timmy Trumpet & Savage – Freaks.
• David Bowie – Heroes.
• Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs W&W – Waves.


My Workout playlist:
• Tove Lo – Cool Girl.
• Usher – Yeah.
• Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On.
• Anne-Marie – Alarm.
• Hot Chip – Over And Over.
• Matoma – False Alarm.

David Bowie topped the vinyl sales chart in 2016.

David Bowie topped the vinyl sales chart in 2016.

Vinyl sales reach a 25 year high

I’M frequently harping on about rising vinyl sales and it seems the trend has not slowed just yet!

Figures released last week have shown that UK vinyl sales reached a high of 3.2million in 2016 – a massive increase of 53 per-cent from the previous year.
Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ (pictured) was the most popular vinyl release of last year, selling more than double the number of copies of 2015’s biggest-seller, Adele’s ’25’.
Amy Winehouse has the second best selling release of 2016 with her final album ‘Back To Black’, while the ‘mixtape’ soundtrack for the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy came in third and Radiohead’s acclaimed, Mercury-nominated ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ was at No.4.

The rest of the top ten was filled with ‘classic’ and legacy albums from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Nirvana and Prince. However, vinyl only accounts for 2.6-per-cent of overall music sales, with CDs and download sales dropping rapidly. CD sales dropped by 11.7-per-cent and downloads fell by 29.6-per-cent.

The top 10 best-selling vinyl albums of 2016:
1) David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’
2) Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’
3) Various Artists – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Mix 1’
4) Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’
5) Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’
6) The Stone Roses – ‘Stone Roses’
7) Bob Marley – ‘Legend’
8) The Beatles – ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
9) Prince – ‘Purple Rain’
10) Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’.

LISTEN TO THIS – Breakthrough artists featured in 2016

Throughout 2016 I suggested some new artists and music to check out, over the next couple of weeks I will recap on a few of the breakthrough artists featured with a suggested track or two from each:

Jamie N Commons
Featured in August: London based singer songwriter who you will most likely recently recognise from the BBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics with track ‘Not Gonna Break Me’ providing the soundtrack as well as Jay Z’s monster hit ‘Jungle’.
Suggested tracks: Not Gonna Break Me, The Preacher.

Glass Animals
Featured in June: English indie rock band from Oxford. They released their debut album Zaba in June 2014 which brought the band over 53 million streams on Spotify in 2015.
Suggested tracks: Life Itself, Youth.

Father John Misty
Featured in June: An American singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer. Under the ‘Genre’ part of his Facebook Bio it states ‘Post-modern Self-reflexive Semi-Ironic Renunciation of Originality’, clear as mud eh? Id describe him as modern indie folk.
Suggested tracks: Real Love Baby, I Love You Honeybear.

Tor Miller
Featured in May: singer-songwriter from New York with a vintage raspy style and strong, romantic, songs which earned him a number of ‘one to watch’ accolades.
Suggested tracks: Surrender, Midnight.

Featured in June: American singer-songwriter I’d label as ‘Luxury pop soul’ – one of my favourite albums of last year!
A rising alt-R&B singer-songwriter who began recording songs in school as a teenager.
Suggested tracks: Weight in Gold, Bourbon.

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