I was approached a few days ago to compile a music playlist for “Alt Space“, a cafe in KL. To my understanding, the cafe is an alternate work space for freelances, travellers and basically an out of office work space. Its a great idea and concept inspired by an ex-melburnian’s aspiration to bring a bit of the local flavour back to KL. About time too, might I add! I believe I speak for the majority when I say that most people dread sitting in windowless cubicles, under flickering fluorescent lights. I know that for me, I love having a drink during a brainstorm session, or lighting a cigarette when I jolt in my journal. Alt Space looks like a great place to retreat and work at your own pace.
So I’ve been rummaging through my music library since I was first contacted 3 days ago – crouched in front of my screen, handpicking 10 tracks to best inspire and complement the idea of space in musical beats and vocals versus the physical cavity of a room, without venturing too far from non cafe friendly music with the likes of Bjork. Though I do love her work, I understand that its a little intense and difficult to digest sometimes. The result of this playlist was not spared hours of filtering – though I must confess, I did enjoy every second of it! Many thanks to Joleen Loh who introduced me to Chet Faker and Lana Del Ray. Amazing artists.
This playlist builds on Play It Forward, a small personal project aimed at building a community of music lovers for the digital age. A simple swap or hand down via email, usb, cd or an actual mixtape! This is a non profit project and all downloads are absolutely free. I try to include uncommon tracks and mixes into all my playlists – nothing too mainstream to hopefully send you into a whirlwind affair with an artist you’ll discover and fall completely in love with. I hope this playlist keeps you company during long hours infront of the laptop, a quiet read or when you’re simply immersed in deep conversation over a cup of latte.
№4. The Alt Space ▲ A mixtape by Skybambi.
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