Life is hard. It’s even harder when your plate is full, and you find yourself with an entire days worth of work to do. That’s why sometimes, we think the best solution is to sit back, throw on some headphones, and bust it all out—one after the other. Maybe crack your knuckles like a hacker in a B movie for effect. Hand picked to induce maximum productivity, these songs were chosen to jump-start your day. Play them during an intense study session, a heavy workload, or just while you lounge around the house—as long as you’re doing something. We hope you enjoy. First up is Louis Futon with an eerie flip of a track off the latest Kendrick album. If you’re like us and prefer a wordless backdrop to mundane tasks you’re in luck—this track is beat-heavy. Next, Bobby Nourmand sets us up with a deep house track that’s drenched in reverb and extremely ambient. It’s always songs like these that let us lost in whatever we’re doing. This is one of our personal favorites. Blue Wednesday is a Vancouver native with deep roots in the trip hop community, and he’s at his best here with an nice take on the 1972 hit Back Stabbers by The O’Jays. Midnight Pool Party is an Australian duo that specializes in music that just makes you want to dance. It’s important to have a bit of fun while you work, and this track makes it hard not to have a good time. Play it when spirits are at a critical low. New Flume is always essential. His off-the-wall production style fits Kučka’s voice perfectly here. It’s one of the best post-Skin drops we’ve heard so far. To be perfectly honest, this one’s just for fun. Late Night–one of Odesza’s first new songs in over three years–is upbeat, catchy, and completely deserving of your attention. Play it when you’ve finally finished, as a celebration. Flume and Odesza will be headlining at Bumbershoot Music Festival in September, so make sure to catch them if you haven’t. What kind of music do you put on to get stuff done? Do you have a track that kicks you into gear? Let us know in the comments below. Landon Groves Landon Groves is a student at Western Washington University studying Journalism and Audio Technology.