Sigila Violeta - Vranko Magas

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Sigila Violeta - Vranko Magas

My general rule is that tracks with lyrics are not the best music to write to ‘cos you get distracted by the words – i.e. they compete for space in your language centers – better to not have them around if you’re looking to create your own.  However – there’s always the expectation to the rule and this track proves it pretty nicely.

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Where's the Deluxe Version? - Cliff Martinez

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Where's the Deluxe Version? - Cliff Martinez

I know I normally advocate for sticking with one track and putting it on repeat - but where there's a little more leeway is when you start to play with movie soundtracks.  We already have quite a few soundtracks on this list but I surprised myself that I hadn't yet put up something from the brilliant Cliff Martinez.

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Truth - Balmorhea

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Truth - Balmorhea

It's been that kind of month so far - I was reflecting on last week's Aphex Twin super ambient chilled out track and thinking - my god - I need something similar.   However - unlike last week - where I just needed something to calm me down - this week I was ready to work - I needed something to carry me along.

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#3 - Selected Ambient Works Volume II - Aphex Twin

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#3 - Selected Ambient Works Volume II - Aphex Twin

Sometimes all you need is the calming influence of a ridiculously slow, chilled out ambient track and if you're lucky, everything quietens down and you're able to hack through the to do list - or even - start that first paragraph.

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Heavy Goat - Seepeoples

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Heavy Goat - Seepeoples

One of the reasons Musicto playlists are different from the soulless things that get delivered to your phone several times a week - is the writing.  Think about it - when you interact with a playlist on Spotify or Apple there's no context, there's no reason as to why you should listen or what to listen for - it's just served up, track after track like a great big smorgasbord!

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Outside - Helen Jane Long

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Outside - Helen Jane Long

So this appeared on one of my Spotify "Discover Weekly" playlists - which was cool considering it was sandwiched between an alt country track and an EDM remix.  So yeah - Spotify for the win!  (with human curation added as a top level!)

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Flight-Time - Donald Byrd

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Flight-Time - Donald Byrd

I'm being totally cheeky this week and "borrowing / stealing" a track from one of my fellow curators.  We have a fabulous new list called "Music to Satisfy Your Inner Jellyfish" and it is as groovily eclectic as the name sounds!  

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Build - music2work2

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Build - music2work2

There's something about metronomic repetition that just conveys the idea of "Come on - let's go..."  The opening of the track sounds as though it's written in 2/4 time - the classic marching beat - and that was intentional - the entire first minute is designed to have you thinking about getting started - getting moving - getting to flow.

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Fastlane - Rozza Slow Motion Remix - Jorn Van Deynhoven

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Fastlane - Rozza Slow Motion Remix - Jorn Van Deynhoven

So I'm hungover as fuck and my brain is working at - like - 2 miles an hour and yet I have soooooo much to do!  I could berate myself and slump into self hatred procrastination but screw that - today I'm subscribing to the 7 second rule and moving on.  So what do you do when you've got to get your shit together - you have words to write - a to do list to polish off and no desire to do anything?

You put this fucking track on - that's what you do!

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Wheels Within Wheels - Penguin Café

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Wheels Within Wheels - Penguin Café

One of the cool things about being a Music to curator is that you get to hear the tracks that other curators have selected - and they're always bloody amazing.  There's just so much music "out there" it would be impossible to know it all, so to have a group of amazing music lovers hand selecting a track a week just means that we get exposed to the really good stuff!

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Custom - Yellow6

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Custom - Yellow6

I suspect that some of you are not going to dig this track - which is fine - you can't please all of the people all of the time and a playlist like this is set up so you can skip ahead if something doesn't match your mood.  Me however - I love this stuff! ;-p

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A Tune For Jack - Lemon Jelly

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A Tune For Jack - Lemon Jelly

It's the cool thing about being in a community of music lovers - you get exposed to all kinds of tracks you'd never normally come across.  This Lemon Jelly track actually first appears on the Music To Blow Smoke Rings Across the Floor Playlist - curated by my English Teacher - crazy how the world works huh!?

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Las Claves - Dr. Fuego

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Las Claves - Dr. Fuego

We're in Barcelona, dodging terrorists and finding our work groove.  You're probably just starting or about to start school again - the evil spectre of Essays looms over you.

This track is going to help - here's the previous write up:

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Adagio For Strings, OP.11 - Samuel Barber

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Adagio For Strings, OP.11 - Samuel Barber

It's crazy to think that this was written in 1936 and yet it is one of the most popular pieces of American "classical"music and enhances the stories of some of my favorite movies: Platoon, The Crow, Gattaca, Amélie - the list goes on and it's always appropriately gut wrenching.

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Portrait Gallery - Luke Howard

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Portrait Gallery - Luke Howard

I love how certain things just start appearing in your world - you know like - if you haven't heard a certain song for years and then suddenly you start hearing it all the time - I love the weird random shit like that.  And while I'm sure there's some cognitive explanation - I personally think it's magic and I'm all for it.

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Sireli - Viken Arman

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Sireli - Viken Arman

You should probably know by now that I'm a total hippy - that I believe if we all just got to know each other better and hung out and shared our music - that the world would be a happier place.

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Light of the Seven - Ramin Djawadi

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Light of the Seven - Ramin Djawadi

Well come on - the series started again this week so it was a pretty easy choice!  Having said that - this is a killer track and really rewards repeated listening.

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Fiel - Igor Longhi

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Fiel - Igor Longhi

Essay writing music is essentially Trance music - well, OK - that might be a little broad but really, what we're talking about is music that you can fall in to, that doesn't freak you out, that becomes familiar quickly & allows you to get lost in your own thoughts.

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Swear - Moby

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Swear - Moby

It's the insistent high hat that makes this perfect for the playlist.  I'm all for pure instrumental percussion free tracks - what is often referred to as "New Age" but - there has to be a sense of movement in the track - it has to give energy rather than take it.

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Miraflores - Feathered Sun

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Miraflores - Feathered Sun

So I'm breaking my own rules on this track but hey - sometimes you just gotta try something a little different - this track has words - not a lot - but definitely a sense of lyric, and yet...

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