A friend of mine from high school only listened to soundtracks from what he dubbed “epic movies”– Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy (basically any movie where the main character uses a sword instead of a gun). We all thought he was weird. But he defended his CD collection (remember those?) with a simple line of reasoning:
1: Music affects how I feel. Listening to sad music makes me sad; happy music makes me happy.
2: By listening to “epic movie soundtracks,” I’m able to vicariously experience the triumph of, say, fighting King Edward I or leading a Roman army.
The logic holds. The first point is definitely true: music does have an effect on our emotions. And the second point is really just an extension of the first, an application of the rule. So what’s the problem? The fact that my friend even has a line of reasoning behind what he listens to. His intense cathexis behind selecting music is, at best, misguided; at worst, it’s downright retarded.
I’m not sure it even counts as your “favorite” music if there’s so much logic behind it. If you defend your music choice with anything other than “I love the way it sounds,” then I feel bad for you. It’s hard to describe why we love the things we do–music, movies, art, people. So stop thinking about it. Listen to what you love; watch what you love; spend time with who you love. Life’s pretty simple.
Here are two songs that I love. I won’t explain how or why I love them. Just trust me on this one. They’re both from RuN RiOT, a rising London-based producer whose bass-laden remixes have been climbing Beatport charts for a few months now. He sent these over about a month ago. I should’ve posted them then; I’m posting them now. Better late than never, right? Turn that shit up.