In a recent 99U survey, the No. 1 way to deal with stress was to put on some music. (Headphone jams even finished in front of old standbys like drinking, exercising, or talking to a friend.) So we thought it high time to assemble a little productivity-minded music mix to usher in spring.
or this inaugural 99U music mix, we teamed up with our friends at Ghostly International, an electronica and indie music label known for its always-on-point beats and keen design sensibility. The resulting mix is compact 40 minutes of ambient electronica inspired by the work of experimental pioneer Brian Eno.The best work playlists give you a little energy infusion while not distracting, which is why you’ll find no lyrics here. Filled with burbling beats and melodic textures, the “Music for Creatives” mix takes a subtle, downtempo approach to awakening your inner focus.
1. AEROC – PLEASE GO WRONG
Electro-acoustic textures from Aeroc’s 2004 debut “Viscous Solid.”
2. THE SIGHT BELOW – AT FIRST TOUCH
A slice of downbeat gloom from The Sight Below’s 2008 debut “Glider.”
3. KILN – HONG
A gauzy treat, first appearing on Kiln’s 2004 “Sunbox EP.”
4. SYNTAKS – PHANTASMOGORIA
From the Danish electro-shoegaze duo’s 2009 debut “Ylajali.”
5. CHRISTOPHER WILLITS – BREATHE (Fountain)
A selection from the guitarist/producer’s ambient cycle, 2004’s “Breathe (In Seven Sections).” Taken from 2004’s “SMM, Vol. 2” compilation.
6. CEPIA – RAMP
Cool, foggy atmospherics from 2006’s “Idol Tryouts Two” compilation.
7. TYCHO – COASTAL BRAKE (Hatchback’s Cosmic Caviar Dub)
A surf-inspired dance track from the producer / designer’s 2009 “Coastal Brake” single.
8. LUSINE – EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
Beat-heavy ambient from the Seattle producer’s 2004 classic “Serial Hodgepodge.”
–> Download the Ghostly “Music for Creatives” mix