[Editor's Note: This is Volume 1 of a two part series where we gather some audio preferences from teams here at Percolate. Product is up this week, watch out for business next week.]
Here at Percolate HQ, the product team is heads-down working on our next major release.
You can get a reasonable idea of how busy we are by a) how many of the team are wearing headphones at any point in time b) how quickly we run out of coffee c) how often Guillaume breaks out into random Wookie noises.
Here’s a sample of what we’re listening to these days.
Dom – the heart and soul of Percolate design – has had the following on heavy rotation:
Andrew Bird – Give It Away
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place – Remastered LP Version
Matthew Dear – In The Middle (I Met You There) [Feat. Jonny Pierce]
Erin, our most recent hire and the newest member of the product team, lists Whitney, Drake and Beyoncé among her favourites:
I wanna dance with somebody – Whitney Houston
Run-Around- Blues traveler
All the single ladies – Beyonce
Hey Mama – Mat Kearny
Jar of hearts – Christina Perri
3am – Matchbox Twenty
Fireworks – Drake
Tha Mo Ghaol Air Aird A’ Chuain – Julie Fowlis (this is in gallic)
Heart of mine- Norah Jones
Crazy Love – Michael Buble
bob marley and the wailers
and plenty of other assorted tunes
Doug takes the zen approach:
When I really need to get in the zone I don’t like to worry about what actually is playing. I go the streaming route. I’ll fire up turntable and hang in a number of different rooms: coding soundtrack, party bus, or country jam. If I’m really into it sometimes my headphones are just on with no music or the music is playing and I forget they are around my neck.
Laurent goes ambient:
And to get some energy, some random hour long mixes
James OB’s a man of many interests:
1. Russ Chimes’ Expressway mixes (here). Like sonic amphetamine — a series of danceable blends of nu-disco, house, and what the Brits are now calling “garage.”
2. jamesob’s The Blue Commodore mix (here). A mix I made to listen to while I bike/code that is a la Chimes.
3. George Shearing’s Stella By Starlight (here). Shearing is like a jazzed up Erik Satie. Very delicate, minimal, melancholy piano music.
4. Orbital’s Halcyon On + On (here). Opening scene from Hackers pretty much sums this one up.
5. Slowdive’s Rutti (here). Absolute classic shoegaze from the ’90s. Hypnotic and minimal. Great build.
While Noah’s single-minded:
When I’m really ready to jam it’s just Burial – Untrue (I’m an album kind of guy).
(This post brought to you by Damian Marley. Talk about sonic amphetamine.)
Here it is in Spotify playlist form: