The holiday season has officially come to an end and let's face it, you're exhausted. Not only have you worked every possible angle for polite and civil dinner table conversation with your extended family and raised your online shopping game to a level that could be considered by some an extreme sport, but if you get down like us, you're probably also just emerging from a very special two-month bender and its subsequent hellish hangover.
But it's 2016, baby! And it's time to start making good on your New Year's fitness resolutions. To help ease the transition, we've put together a banging playlist of tracks that will make rolling out of bed, dragging your ass off the couch, and hitting the pavement just that much less dreaded. So load up your Spotify and pop in your earbuds. Let's work it out, 2016.
1. Sylvan LaCue - Drop Your Plans Feat. Venus Amor
Start things off with a simmering track from two of South Florida's hottest young kids in the hip-hop and R&B games. Rapper Sylvan LaCue, formerly known as QuESt, and R&B princess Venus Amor both made our lists of best up-and-coming local talent in 2015, and their new collabo track "Drop Your Plans" has the just the right smooth, sultry flow to get you into the groove and pumped up for what's to come in 2016.
2. Wrestlers - Perennial Feat. Shy Girls Houston's Wrestlers were one of the "busiest bands of Art Basel 2015" last month, bringing their disco-inflected pop and elctro-R&B sound to a whopping five different events surrounding Miami's international art-party bonanza. Their track "Perennial Feat. Shy Girls" for the coveted Red Bull Sound Select series is the sort of light and bouncing track perfect for hitting the pavement on a crisp early morning run. Channel its airy vocals and funk-infused beat as you really start to warm up. You've got this.
3. Justin Bieber - Sorry
We know this one's still stuck in your head, and you don't have to feel sorry about it. Rather than fight the Biebs, we say use the Biebs. His is a potent power, and we promise it will keep you moving through these early weeks of 2016.
4. Drake - Right Hand
Don't get us wrong, "Hotline Bling" and "Jumpman" still bang pretty hard, but their ability to get you working might have worn off a bit since bumping them back to back in the final months of 2015. Still, we couldn't make this workout playlist without including a track from Drizzy. Expect to hear "Right Hand" play out more as the "Bling" wears off. Released as a digital single in late summer, this deceptively simple, mid-tempo track will bring you the focus you need to keep powering through your workout.
5. ILOVEMAKONNEN - Flippin All Night
You may know ILoveMakonnen as the Drake protege who's had the clubs goin' up on a Tuesday since he released his breakout hit single back in 2014. This past November, the Atlanta sing-rapper had his first release on OVO Sound with the EP ILOVEMAKONNEN 2, and if you haven't given it a listen yet, consider yourself late. It's full of strange, sticky bangers like "Trust Me Danny” and “Second Chance," but our favorite might be "Flippin All Night." It's the kind of track you'll easily turn up to at the gym before turning up with your friends on a night out.
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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.