Top 10 Favourite jump rope/running albums by Laurenz Pike – PVT

During the writing and recording of our new album ‘Homosapien’, exercise became an important part of my daily routine; a great way to process ideas, clear the mind, or erase the excess of the night before.

It started with 30 min of jump rope a day in my garden and quickly spawned into a 5km run each day before writing or recording.

Not hugely rock ‘n’ roll I know, and I am pretty sure my neighbours thought I was having a nervous breakdown skipping in the back yard every day to some of these albums blaring at full volume.

In hindsight a bunch of this music infused itself in what I was working on at the time, as well as keeping me fighting fit…


Here are 10 of my favourite records to jump up and down to in the middle of winter while making an album:

John Maus – Love Is Real


I listened to this album more than anything else in the two years after it came out.
It really is a masterpiece.

I met John at a gig once and told him how much this record meant to me, and he got really self-deprecating because he thought I was saying his more recent release was no good. I talked him back. Then we spoke about jet packs for a while.

Talking Heads – Remain In Light

Great skipping tempos across this record, extended tracks too like Fela Kuti or something, good to get the blood pumping. Talking Heads are probably one of my all time favourites.

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

The final moment of ‘Disorder’ when Ian Curtis starts pushing through the stratosphere and bellowing ‘I’ve got the spirit, but lose the feeling’ gets me going every time. I could run to the horizon when I hear him sing that.

Drummers of the Societe Absolument Guinin – Haiti: Voodoo Drums

I would only recommend this album to more advanced jumpers, it gets a little polyrhythmic, which if you can handle, gives you plenty of tempo options to pace yourself within each track, depending on how you’re traveling. No risk no reward though.

Alan Vega – Saturn Strip

Suicide’s Alan Vega had a succession of solo records in the 80’s which were largely unheralded. ‘Saturn Strip’ is fantastic, well worth the investment of time, plus, listening to this album while working out is almost like having Vega as your own disturbed personal trainer. Highly recommended.

David Bowie – Scary Monsters

‘Who is David Bowie?’ ‘Where does he come from?’ ‘How does he make this?’
“Who am I?’ ’How do I exist in the same time as him?’.
These are all questions I ask myself regularly. They remain largely unanswered. I keep running.

Oval – Systemisch

It’s astonishing to think that this album was made in 1994. It sounds as futuristic as it did when I first heard it in the late ’90s. So gentle on the surface, seemingly simple, yet with intensely deep rhythms and complex ideas. This might not be everyone’s idea of sports rock, but Systemisch is my idea of fun, the perfect combination for moving your brain and body at the same time.

Miles Davis – On The Corner

Miles Davis is one of my musical heroes, has been since I was about 13.

There’s a lot to admire about On The Corner, if only the nature of it being a massive fuck you to the jazz establishment at the time (many of which still have no idea what he was doing in this period), that and the fact that Miles always did what he felt was right to move forward. Context aside, it’s an incredible, almost non-stop 40 minutes of psych/proto-funk/jazz for a hard-earned cold sweat.

Iggy Pop – The Idiot

The Idiot is just such cracker of an album; I never tire of listening to it. No messing around when Iggy is involved. His body doesn’t still look like Hulk Hogan circa 1986 for nothing folks. All aboard for funtime.

Cluster – Zuckerzeit

The fuzzy insistence of Cluster’s pulsing early ’70s drum machines and synths become an exercise in German discipline while you’re running to this stuff. Like riding an autobahn in space, or that final rainbow level on Mario Kart.
No extra motivation required.

PVT’s new album Homosapien is out now on Felte.


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