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 UchisThe 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 IverThis 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 OceanFrank 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 KnowlesThe 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 EllingtonJazz 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 LivThe 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 ObelThis 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 BiscuitPetit Biscuit put together easy going French electronica that will help you delve deep into your readings.“Saint Pablo” — Kanye West feat. SampleAfter “Ultralight Beam,” this song is probably my favourite from The Life of Pablo. Both are great for productivity.
Published: 10:18 pm, 4 December 2016
under Arts & Culture