Typically my work week starts off fairly slow. I normally make it into the office between 9:30 am - 9:45 am. Sometimes I offer a cheerful "good morning!" to my colleagues, while other times I don't feel like saying anything at all **shrugs** its the introvert in me.

By 10ish, my laptop is unpacked, my voicemails are checked and all three of my inboxes are cleared. I would love to say that I nose-dive into my workload shortly after, but honestly, it takes me a minute to get good and settled into work-mode.

My start is often rocky because I'm scatterbrained. Sometimes I leave my glasses in the car and I have to go all the way downstairs to get them. Sometimes I'll make a cup of tea, only to let it steep until it gets cold. Sometimes I find myself peering out of the window, thinking about everything except all of the work I need to get done.

In case you're wondering, I work for an RPO agency (outsourced recruiting company - i.e. headhunting) and the environment is often very synergetic. We're placed in a classic, call-center setting, so I can literally hear a medley of conversations in the atmosphere at all times - some work-related, and some not so much. Be that as it may, it can be a challenge for me to stay focused at my place of business, on top of my personal attention deficits.

So what helps me the most is background noise. Music. More specifically, full albums that get my productive juices flowing. If I can find a good record with a pleasant sound and smooth transitions,
I get things done. I meet deadlines. I dot all the I's and cross the t's.

And because of that, I would like to share a few of my favorite albums that get me through the workday:

Voyager - Moonchild
I was introduced to this neo-soul/jazz trio about a year ago when they opened up for The Internet. They have four studio albums and Voyager is easily my favorite. The name of the album is so very fitting, you literally feel like you're going on an entrancing voyage to space from track one! When I'm starting my day, I like to begin with this for easy listening:

Antiphon - Alfa Mist
Alfa Mist is a producer/composer from the UK. I heard snippets of his EP, Antiphon in passing and saved the entire album to my library. I'm not the biggest jazz fan out there, but this album caught my ear so fast, that it deserves a spot on my daily rotation. When I need to find talent on job boards or edit phone interviews, this is a cool go-to:

The Drum Chord Theory - Matt Martians
I love Matt Martians! He's such an integral part of The Internet's collective. Since he's produced the vast majority of their music, I knew his debut, solo project would be bomb. The Drum Chord Theory is such a nice option for lunchtime vibing, busy work, or just getting into my zone:

IGOR - Tyler, The Creator
I've become a recent fan of Tyler, The Creator. Circa 2013, I saw a video of him in a straight jacket, swallowing cockroaches and from then, it was a no from me, dawg. I prejudged him because his artistry was strange to me - consequently, I never gave him a chance. On numerous occasions, I was advised to listen to his 2017 release, Flower Boy - and I just never got around to it.

So this May, IGOR came out and my newsfeed was going bananas with kudos to this album. I normally don't like to follow the hype, but I decided to give it a listen. I figured it had to be good if it accomplished so much praise in such a short length of time. And it turned out to be better than good - that album slaps, from beginning to end, and it's been heavy on my daily plays.

IGOR puts me in a whole nother' space. Especially at work - when I'm facing deadlines or pushing to exceed quotas, this is the album to keep my energy high. Who needs coffee when you got Tyler, eh?

Mango - bLAck pARty
This EP was another one of my dope Spotify discoveries. Mango is such an interesting, sweet, refreshing album to listen to (hence the title perhaps?).The lyrics are simple and charming, the tone is so cool and kicked back - and the production is great too.

My favorite track is "Best View" - it truly makes me happy every time that I listen to it. When I'm wrapping up at work and notice the sun setting outside of my window, Mango is the perfect score to one of the best views in the city.


Thanks for reading!

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