Music You Can Work To
Here are the results.
from Lab Creative Director Peter Hahn
Osborne – Osborne
The most complete electronica album in a while. a full expereince, reminds me of Aphex Twin's early albums. it even makes acid enjoyable.
Elliot Smith – From The Basement On The Hill
For those depressing, rainy days in the office. this hits rock bottom, making your shitty day look pretty good.
Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk
Modern folk music. extraordinary depth. so sensitive.
My favorite mix in a while. Wrinkle-less. Still gets burn on the regular. Every indy album should come with a TD version.
Queen Majesty Trilla
Gives power top 40 a new angle. Reggae covers of your favorite pop tunes—Tenderoni, Human Nature, Lady In Red, Man In The Mirror, Been Around The World, No Diggity, Part Time Lover... what's not to love?
From Lab Rat Cmish
Sa-Ra: The Hollywood Recordings, Babygrande
Shipset loves this. We can't stand it, but it gets played all the way through everytime. I don't get it.
Jackson Conti: Sujinho, Mochilla
Beautiful latin collaboration from Madlib and Mamao Conti. Really surprising how timeless the sound is on this although it was released this year.
Johnny Blaze: Kiddie Disco Time EP, Blaze One
As far as Bmore goes, this one has the jams. Especially the Dave Chappelle sampling "Black Sheep" track. Totally infectious.
Cosmo Baker – Love Break
Don't know how many times this mix has gotten played all the way through in the lab. Sure, it's mostly dudes in here, but at least we know what to put on when it's sexy time.
Tap 10 – All Yay Music
This probably the most played hyphy mix in the lab. Every time it gets put on the whole Lab gets Dummy. Love the "Surfin' like a White Boy" track and the Duck Hunt tune.
from Turntable Lab Staffer Larri Byrd
Jorge Ben – Força Bruta (Philips, 1970)
The vocals of a young(ish) Jorge Ben + the great Trio Mocotó as his backing band = essential AM listening. The whole album feels so effortless and organic; even when the strings swell, it's like the orchestra's hugging you, saying "It's alright, we can make it through this Monday."
Sebastien Tellier – Sexuality (Record Makers, 2008)
Do I find it weird that a warehouse staff comprised almost entirely of dudes really enjoys listening to this album at work? Ok, yes, a little.
Malone Barnes & Spontaneous Simplicity – Freedom Serenade (Luv N' Haight, 1976)
All-over-the-map lost space jazz/funk/disco album from two Sun Ra-loving protégées of Donald Byrd. Johnny Malone & Allan Barnes met in the 60s while attending Howard University (aka Black Harvard) and clearly had access to some great drugs. Guaranteed to make at least one person ask "What is this?" every time it gets played.
Chingo Bling – The Tamale Kingpin: Screwed & Chopped (Big Chile, 2004)
The original is great and all, but the slowed version generates the exact amount of energy needed for late night Pro Squad fix-it sessions. Plus there's more time to absorb the neverending one-liners. Don't got love for Chingo? Ahhhh, whutever, chut the front door.
Zombi – Surface To Air (Relapse, 2006)
Started listening to these guys because someone told me they were a Goblin cover band. Turns out they're not, but I do play this (and their first album, Cosmos) whenever I get to feeling stuck in a Dario Argento film.
From Lab Staffer Snackmaster
Para One – Naiissance Des Pieuvres
Too much bmore, hyphy and electro in the mid-day? Para One's ambient soundtrack is the ginger to clear your palate.
Patrick Adams – The Very Best Of Mr. Patrick Adams
When it comes to disco in the office, nothing goes over as well (nor has been played as much) as this exquisite set of productions by Patrick Adams. Four Below Zero's soulful jam "My Baby's Got ESP" is especially on repeat.
Trus'me – Working Nights
I wish more new disco sounded like this. Trus'me's blend of choice disco samples and subtle house production makes everybody wanna boogie out their seat.
Quiet Village – Silent Movie
Listening to this album makes the whole office feel like we're on vacation. The only problem is it's hard to get anything done 'cause all you wanna do is relax.
Ayres & Eleven – Glamorous Life #2
Leave it to the Rub dudes to do up an 80's mix proper. This one's been played countless times in the office and never seems to get old.