If you know me, you’d know that music drives me and I rarely go without a playlist to complement the environment I am in. I believe that it is one of the universal languages of connection we have, and that curating a great soundtrack can only do wonders in bringing people together. In saying that, here are some of my favourite tunes to move my body to, in and out of the bedroom…
Minnie Riperton, Rotary Connection, 1971, I am The Black Gold of The Sun
Soul meets universe with this psychedelic jazz-soul number. Flowing into territories of funk and rock, this is a song that will pick you up with it as it struts through its own lifetime. From the first minute you’re taken over by shredding guitars and a rhythm that feels like flying. This will always be one of the most joyous celebrations of life I have ever felt.
Erykah Badu, 2003, I Want You
My most cherished memory of this song was during an extended booking with a client at his apartment. We smoked a little weed together and spent hours talking just because the feeling that we knew each other was so evident. As he asked me to dance with him, this song came on; The heartbeat of every kick creating a soothing tempo to move, hips to hips, flowing through a moment of bittersweet romance, wishing it lasted longer than the moment we were given. A song to long to and a song to break through yourself with.
Mazzy Star, 1993, Wasted
My oh my, this blues rock track always puts me in a mood. The drums swagger alongside a crunchy guitar riff, with tender, moaning vocals that pull you into a dreamy daze. If you’re looking for a song to chew you up and spit you out in the heat of the moment, this is the one for you. Best played during hot, sweaty sex or during the building anticipation of first touch.
The Chakachas, 1971, Jungle Fever
Anyone who has seen Boogie Nights knows that this is a very cheeky track. Listen to the first 30 seconds and you will find you are already far along a ride you didn’t know you got on. Every interlude drawing you further into tantalization, you’ll find your breath coinciding with the rise and the fall of the tension this song holds.
Betty Davis, 1973, If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
Davis as always is able to encapsulate a state of playfulness and sensuality, while expressive and boisterous. This one gives me the image of kicking glasses of the bar tabletop, parading around for anyone watching. The thrill of the chase, the desire to give yourself up. Be prepared to throw yourself in a slow cooker of unconstrained teasing and ferocious lust.
Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1968, I Put A Spell On You
Creedence Clearwater Revival really do themselves justice with one of my favourite covers of all time. This track would almost be playful if it wasn’t so animalistic. If you weren’t rolling around the sheets in a wild frenzy before this one, you will be now. There is a tinge of encapsulation and ownership with this one that always makes me feel helpless in another’s arms. The perfect mixture of menace and submission, this song plays a demon in the bedroom.
Lamb, 1996, Lusty
A song about longing with just enough kick to lift you up. I recommend listening to this one as you walk around in the sun or feel the rain on your skin. Observe what is around you, observe the feelings that arise, and observe who comes into your mind. This one always makes me want to let go of nostalgia and run into the arms of something passionate and loving.