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Music can help with relaxation, aid a hard working brain, and focus the mind. Between essays, exams, assignments, and tests haunting students every day, it’s easy to enjoy a nice playlist while taking a study break in any one of U of T’s many libraries.  Here is a compilation curated with one simple message: don’t worry, you got this. 

“Get You” — Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis

The beloved Toronto music scene has yet again produced a great artist: Daniel Caesar. This romantic duo will soothe you into a productive focus.

“I Need a Forest Fire” — James Blake feat. Bon Iver

This magical mix offers Bon Iver’s high pitched voice and James Blake’s slow production and vocals that will snap anyone back into study mode.

“White Ferrari” — Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean’s Blonde has been my favourite album this semester. “White Ferrari” is the best track because of its slow rhythm and smooth vocals.

“Cranes in the Sky” — Solange Knowles

The talented Solange Knowles released an autobiographical album called A Seat at the Table that looks at America through the lens of a Black woman. Her voice is as powerful as it is soothing and harmonious.

“In a Sentimental Mood” — John Coltrane & Duke Ellington

Jazz classics are always quintessential listening. John Coltrane’s saxophone intertwined with Duke Ellington’s piano is the perfect mix to sustain deep focus.

“Higher” — Kwamie Liv

The vocals and the electronic beat mix perfectly into this warming song. Its slow rhythm makes it great for focusing and keeping you awake.

“Familiar” — Agnes Obel

This Danish singer created the ultimate studying song through a slow, pulsing beat. Agnes Obel is a musician who usually offers deeper notes rather than a faster pace.

“Jungle” — Petit Biscuit

Petit Biscuit put together easy going French electronica that will help you delve deep into your readings.

“Saint Pablo” Kanye West feat. Sample

After “Ultralight Beam,” this song is probably my favourite from The Life of Pablo. Both are great for productivity.

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