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Whether you’re at your desk struggling to get into the zone or in the library in need of something to drown out the sound of those dudes talking loudly about Game of Thrones; music is the answer.
Heres some artists and albums to help you switch off the world around you and get motivated;
Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ8CGOXrhks
The 1995 album by Leeds mastermind Nightmares on Wax is a percussive funky journey to which I arguably owe my success in GCSE & A level. The tracks carry the right amount of minimalism to avoid distraction yet the perfect amount of switch ups to avoid you getting bored.
Kruder & Dorfmeister – K & D Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCU36y5utlw&list=PL0B83276B1AC5C9C5
Produced in 1998 by Austrian DJ/Producers Kruder & Dorfmeister the trip-hop album is a mix of their originals and remixes that will have you locked for the duration. Rumour has it Dorfmeister will be playing in Hull this year…
J Dilla – Vintage Instrumentals vol 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff9eDId1GtM
Little needs to be said about this Detroit hip-hop legend. The late J Dilla often produced tracks for MC’s or his own lyrics however this album is a compilation of dreamy instrumentals which apparently never found vocals to fit. Let the snare take you.
Steve Reich’s Marimba & Piano Compositions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG_1sjActCE
Minimal pioneer Steve Reich delivers compositions that simply take you away. Simple overlapping melodies and arpeggios with no drums keep you thinking without distraction.
Please post your own favourite study music below.
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