Background & Warmup Tracks

Posted by Richard on 15th March 2015

So, this is a third post from me on a series about the musical identity of StreetSalsa. In the first post I went over the best salsa songs, and in my most recent post I went over some great non-salsa songs to dance to.

Now I’m going in a completely different direction altogether. These are the songs that you might have heard

  • with the bass up high but the treble and mids down low during our classes;
  • getting the energy flowing before the night kicks off and we sign people in;
  • during one of our more lively warmups or
  • towards the end of the night during the social – where inhibitions have departed and all caution has been thrown to the wind!

Why does this list exist?

To me, this is an important list of tracks for StreetSalsa, and it’s as much a part of its identity as the other two. They help us set the mood – whether that’s chilled out, reassuring, energetic or just a bit of madness – there’s something in here for every occasion.

So whilst you may not always be paying attention to them I guarantee you’d notice if they were never played.

What's on it?

An eclectic mix of just about everything. The best way to find out is of course to give it a listen but a quick run-down of the genres is:

  • Drum ‘n’ Bass
  • House
  • Soul
  • Garage
  • Hip Hop
  • Afrobeats
  • Afro-Cuban Funk
  • Boogaloo
  • Reggae
  • and plenty more…

Where are the tracks?

This playlist is a little different to the last two. I’m not going to post a static list of tracks in this post below. The reason being the last two playlists are full of tracks I believe stand the test of time. This playlist is going to be a living, breathing one which will change over time. As a result, changing this post every time just isn’t practical, so instead they’re linked as a Spotify playlist below. I’ll chuck up a YouTube one in time if demand for it is high enough.

So enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below…

Listen to the StreetSalsa – Background and Warmup Playlist on Spotify

By Richard

I started Salsa in early 2012 shortly after moving to Leeds from Brighton. I started learning at a small class in Huddersfield before joining in the fun at StreetSalsa a few months later.

I'm something of an old timer now, and you can find me doing pretty much any job that needs doing every Monday at Smokestack. I'm also part of the team at Leeds University Union's Salsa Society.

By Richard on 15th March 2015 at 22:27

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