lofi hiphop

For years now, I’ve always found it a little difficult to contentrate on anything for long periods of time. I can usually manage 40-50 minutes and then it’s like, a switch in my brain, and I lose all concentration.

To help combat / ease this, I’ve always turned to music. And over the years, between studying for my university exams, writing my dissertation, working in systems, or my job in design these days, I’ve used a wide variety of music to help me concentrate.

When I was at university, I became intensely dependent on old religious music, primarily requiems. It probably tells you a lot about me that I seemed to find such comfort in songs around death…

As I moved into the world of work, I found EDM to be the thing that kept me pumped and working. I was listening to a lot David Guetta / Daft Punk / etc., anything with a thumping beat and no lyrics.

But about 6 months ago, I finally discovered lofi hiphop, thanks to YouTube.

YouTube is full of playlists, each about an hour or so long, with gentle, vintage sounding electronic hip/triphop, often combined with jazz elements, that also uses a lot of old music as samples.

And there’s something about it that I find endlessly relaxing and motivating in equal measures. I can work for hours whilst listening to it. Here’s an example below to give you a clue what I mean:

I don’t know why, but it’s the perfect relaxation / study / work / sleep music for me.

So, for any of you that always like working to music, but find yourselves a little distracted by lyrics, or familiar music, I’d say this is the perfect solution, I’d definitely recommend it!

If you’re interested a little more in the history of lofi hiphop music and how it’s making its way to the forefront of the industry, there’s a brilliant episode from the podcast ‘Switched On Pop’ from the team at Vox (which, thanks to Rhiannon, I found, and again, would suggest anyone with a fleeting interest in the music industry, or pop music from a musicology / cultural view listen too), exploring the history of the genre.

— Thomas

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