Sex Bomb: Jams to get you jiggy

This week’s submission is all about finding out just what gives a song the sexual tension that makes it a good accompaniment to having sex, as well as providing some potential ‘go-to’s for your next endeavour. The right music can really liven up the experience.

For some people, it’s the attire; for others, it’s the right toys. Personally, it’s all about the music. The right music always turns things from lukewarm to hot and steamy.

In 2012, a music psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, Daniel Müllensiefen, analyzed results of a Spotify survey of 2000 music fans to find out what songs people liked to play during sex. “The tracks that get us in the mood all possess the same qualities including a greater dynamic range, more use of the high chest voice, more raspiness in the voice, and less use of vocal vibrato,” he said, adding that “these specific attributes are strongly evident in the Marvin Gaye tracks, ‘Sexual Healing’ and ‘Let’s Get It On.’”

As Müllensiefen states, Marvin Gaye is always one of the best ways to create a sexual environment in the bedroom. It’s worth noting that the opening five seconds of “Let’s Get It On” is a Hollywood sex scene cliché. Simply playing that song will ignite the tension like pouring gasoline on a fire.

For a more recent choice, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories creates an erotic atmosphere that not only is modern, but is rapidly turning into a classic. Electronic music is a good choice because of the soundscapes it creates. The paucity of words in the songs make the electronically synthesized sounds open to interpretation when making love.

“Je T’aime Moi Non Plus” is sure to get your engines revving up. It is rumoured that the singers Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin actually had sexual congress in the studio during the recording. The song was actually banned in several countries because of its sexual content. Given the lyrics, this is no surprise: “Je vas et je viens, entre tes reins.” For those that are not fluent in French, the rough translation is “I go and I come, between your loins.” Seductive!

A personal go-to when it comes to coitus is R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix).” Kelly put out one of the most seductive tunes in 2003, which was part of the soundtrack to the film Love Don’t Cost a Thing.

Another personal favourite is Kanye West’s “Slow Jamz” featuring Twista amd Jamie Foxx. The song is a tribute to classic smooth soul artists and slow jam songs. The sexual and seductive flow and beat are similar to “Ignition.”

These two songs together provide a good start to the perfect modern hip-hop playlist when the time is ‘right’.

Hopefully this short list of seductive and erotic tracks will spice up your sex life and provide sexual tension for the eventual climax for your own dance without the pants.

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