There are some people who need constant audio companionship to keep us sane/motivated. Music is the soundtrack to our creativity. It makes work possible, helps define who we are and adds just enough fuel to our day to get us over most major hurdles. Each week, thanks to our new friends at Inspired Mag, we aim to bring you a new musical suggestion, complete with a recommendation for it’s “intended use”. We hope to explore the full spectrum of musical tastes, so check back each week!

Music For Productivity: November 30th, 2010

Artist: Janelle Monáe
Album: The ArchAndroid
Genre: R&B

Sometimes, being productive means setting a party atmosphere in the office. More often than not we wish we could invite Fritz Lang to the party. It’s not a party without a German expressionist filmmaker around, right? But then there are the kinds of parties where you want everyone to feel relaxed and laid back. You want to invite Marvin Gaye to this party. Ok, let’s invite OutKast too. It’s getting crowded here, so let’s just put on the Janelle Monáe album instead.

Janelle Monáe is an amalgamation of those artists, and The ArchAndroid is equal parts Metropolis and What’s Going On. It’s literally a concept record based around the film, with as many outside influences and guest appearances as you can imagine. Even the indie band Of Montreal is prominently featured on the track “Make The Bus”. I know, right?


Intended Use: Lifting the mood around the office. Lifting the mood around Metropolis. Think pompadour, Superman, androids, and miniature panthers aka “min pans”.

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