The Fogg Associates office stereo is such a central part of our culture that I like to think of it as an extra colleague sat in the corner of the room rather than a piece of machinery. Heâ€™s a controversial character though; one that has the whole office humming and whistling in tandem at the best of times, but also one that is at the bitter end of many under-the-breath cusses and outcries of â€œwhat the hell is this?!â€.
So, for the sake of our poor friend, and yours (if you have one), I have compiled this small list of office-friendly tunes that are light enough you to ignore if you need to knuckle down and concentrate, but inspiring enough to help you along creatively if you need a moment to think.
Metro Area â€“ Miura
A chilled out house tune with a stabbyÂ bassline and melodic chorus that can get any foot tapping, no matter what day of the week it is.
Marlena Shaw – California Soul
This tune is mostly suited to a nice summerâ€™s day, but it can be brought out when the weatherâ€™s not so much like it is in California to lift some stress from a particularly busy day. This oneâ€™s a particular favourite of Chrisâ€™.
SBTRKT – Hold On (Feat. Sampha)
Silky smooth vocals and harmonies give this song enough to hum along to without being too distracting.