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Are you struggling to wake up and get going in the morning? Maybe you haven’t found the right music to get you started, yet.

If you find the radio too happy, too mainstream, or too obnoxious, why don’t you create your own morning playlist? Sound Sunday provides a wide selection of tunes to brighten up your morning. This edition offers a small sample and links to much more material beyond that.

The Playlist

Two of the albums were not willing to cooperate with MiniLogs; please scroll down to listen to the albums Dreamer On The Run and Wayfarers.

Classic Beats

Genre: electronic, experimental, classical, orchestral, blues, dubstep

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Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electonica and world roots music comes a masterful merge of modern technology, live instrumentation and seductive performance, built of brass bands and glitch, string quartets and dubstep: the musical trio Beats Antique.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: indie, neo-klezmer, jazz, saxophone, hora-punk

MALOX are non-conformist instrumentalists, who combine saxophone and drums to produce sounds that will make even the most tired mind wake up.

Electronic

Genre: electronic, dance

Kaskade has started releasing his entire music catalogue for free on YouTube. Selected live recordings and songs, for example his remix of Lana Del Rey’s Young And Beautiful, can be downloaded via his SoundCloud page.

Genre: experimental, electronic, bass, pop, rave

The central theme of this album is water. As ocean waves, rain, or a river, it flows from one song to the next.

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Ambient

Genre: downtempo, experimental, ambient, beats

Lying somewhere between a beat tape and an EP, Wayfarers collects eight dusty, cinematic instrumental B-sides which were originally featured on compilations, or released as singles.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: downtempo, ambient

20% of proceeds from this record are donated to charity. GKEN-E chose Ear Candy Charity, which provides underprivileged children with musical instruments and music education.

Genre: indie, electronic, ambient, pop, rock

Sean Sheridan is an acoustic and electronic singer/songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. (…) [Best known as key member of] the electropop band SlowMotionNoise, Sean is deviating from the music that he previously wrote to incorporate his love for softer music.
Source: Bandcamp

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Downtempo Beats

Genre: experimental, downtempo, beats, instrumental, trip hop

French producer Kognitif presents a downtempo album that will enhance your morning routine. Slowly emerge from your dreams as the beats gently push you forward.

 

Pop Rock

Genre: alternative, indie, electro, pop, rock, chillwave

The Noise Tigers are a noise pop band from Vienna. Their music is influenced by post-punk, new wave, 8-bit and the warm fuzzy cloud of shoegaze. (…) Dream pop for introverts. Loud music for quiet people.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: alternative, indie, cinematic, post-rock, punk rock

From cinematic post-rock passages to catchy indie rock interludes, the ten track instrumental debut Dreamer On The Run from Swedish post-rock duo U137 (including members of post-rock foursome Moonlit Sailor) offers a unique combination of sounds glowing with a fresh energy, diversity and originality.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: acoustic, pop

Cameron Floyd is he name of their front man. With Look Up, the six piece acoustic band from Charlotte, North Carolina released their second EP. The album’s upbeat attitude and catchy melodies will keep you listening all morning long.

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Classical

Genre: electronic, instrumental, classical, orchestral, piano

New York based musician and composer Nick Logan presents short songs without words.

Genre: acoustic, instrumental, classical, piano

Deb McCoy’s acoustic music moves between folk pop, folk, rock, indie, and instrumental styles. This piano based album was recorded in Deb’s UK home, using an iPhone or basic home recording equipment. The unmastered songs make it sound like you’re sitting right next to her on the sofa, while she’s playing her songs.

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What’s Your Morning Routine?

How do you spend your mornings and how does your routine incorporate music?

Would you like to see your music or your favorite genre featured on Sound Sunday? Do you need a playlist for a special event? Post your thoughts and requests in the comments or get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter or email tina at this domain.

  1. pac
    April 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Great selection, Tina! Thanks. (downloaded 4 EPs, they could be more but I already had some of them ;)

    • Tina S
      April 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Glad you found something you like, Pac! :)

      Guess it's a good sign you had some of them already. How did you find them?

    • pac
      April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      As usual, thanks to you and your Sound Sundays. I follow them from the #1 issue with great pleasure.

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