I have my phone and devices hooked up to sound libraries, but also have an extensive CD, vinyl and digital audio file collection. I listen to a lot of stuff at work, when driving and at home in between studio sessions. Here’s what I’m listening to currently, Stars of the Lid -"Gravitational Pull vs The Desire For An Aquatic Life"
I got the vinyl re-issue on of SOTL's second official release and first on Kranky (1996) which I just discovered in a discount bin. This is probably their most esoteric and abstract work with deep drones and swirling, billowing harmonics.
I also listen to a number of Boiler Room live DJ sets of dark techno artists such as Rrose, Codex Empire, Shifted, Function, etc.. ad well as anything from the now-defunct Sandwell District label.. Reminds me of the good 'ol times spent clubbing at the dark/industrial dives in Toronto.
Grouper - "Grid of Points"
Helps me unwind and relax at night and collect my thoughts. I love Liz Harris’ deceivingly simple harmonies and stripped down instrumentation, reverberant spaces, and delicate atmospheres.
Vito Ricci - Symphony for Amiga
I've found this limited edition vinyl (pressing of 60) in a cool record store on Dundas Street West in the Junction ‘hipster district’ and realize how beautiful Ricci's work is. Abstract pioneering compositions revolving around early computer music systems (yes! Amiga circa 1985), loops, noises, etc.
VR Sex/Drab Majesty
Man, these guys are growing on me pretty fast! Songs with tons of amazing hooks, sequenced basslines, chorused guitars, great vocals and melodies, drum machines! The gritty production is perfect for this stuff. Cant wait to go see Drab at the Velvet Underground venue in Toronto this August.