Tue. Dec. 11, 2018

10 essential sexy jams / What’s your fav?

10 essential sexy jams… Seductive, alluring, sensual, cute, tempting. But also voluptuous, shapely, exciting… As many words among many others synonymous with the notion of desire. Therefore highlighting its power of suggestion. And we could add sultry, tantalizing, spicy, lush or sensuous. With the latter being as many adjectives we regularly use whenever coming to speak about music.

Like in most subjects though, everything is a matter of nuances. As many little things that will help us to make the difference between a masterpiece and the rest. In other words, the necessary ingredients – although so subjective – that will bring us to unsuspected territories.
It can be an image, it can be a flavor, it can be a sound. And it will in most cases be the result of a blend. But it can be an attitude as well. Meanwhile generating an unique atmosphere. And, as a result, an emotional state like no other, be it for a second!

As you may have guessed, here we go with the allusive as opposed to the explicit. With the sexy as opposed to the sexplicit…

Therefore, and as always, a selection is per definition limited. Even though God knows how the matter has been on the lips of numerous artists. Meanwhile bringing many of us to dream, feel and eventually react along with the circumstances.
As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here. Even though they would have definitely deserved a mention. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates. Be it from the melody and the arrangements, the lyrics and/or the vocal performances. And most likely altogether as one.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting it together for you. With your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential sexy jams / Roy Ayers – Poo Poo La La (Columbia)
The power of suggestion in all senses of the term. Just like famous director Alfred Hitchcock did on his films although in a different vein. Another illustration of Roy Ayers‘ versatility. With the man telling his thing with spiced up lyrics while eventually rappin’ over a tight yet relaxed beat. A then young Miki Howard whom he introduced here heavenly responding him when reachin’ the epilogue…
10 essential sexy jams / Lil’ Louis & The World – Nyce N Slo (Album Version) (FFRR)
Of course, hard not to think of the orgasmic ‘French Kiss’ whenever referring to Lil’ Louis. But limiting ourselves to the only latter would be like makin’ abstraction of the richness of his repertoire. And, as a result, of the ultra sensuous ‘Nyce & Slo’. An insame lascivious R&B gem somehow reminding of Skyy‘s ‘First Time Around’ with Shawn Christopher reachin’ the G spot vocally speakin’…
10 essential sexy jams / Donna McGhee – Make It Last Forever (Red Greg Records)
From the very first note, you know the lady can sing her heart out. And however could it be different from a performer who made herself a name while collaborating with grous such as Fatback, Phreek and Universal Robot Band? The title track from her 1978 album of the likes with writing/production work courtesy of Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams just speaks for itself. One of her absolute peaks as a solo artist along with ‘It Ain’t No Big Thing’. Hard to believe it saw the light some nearly 40 years ago…
10 essential sexy jams / Barry White – Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up (20th Century Records)
Barry White‘s name stands without a single doubt among the very first comin’ to mind when speakin’ of seduction matters. And it most likely started back in 1973 with the release of the ‘Stone Gon’ album which marked his debut. The ear… gasmic ‘Never Never Gonna Give You Up’ sayin’ it all as to how the man was about. With his love for the woman kind being his main source of inspiration. if not an obsession…
10 essential sexy jams / Space – Carry On, Turn Me On (United Artists)
Hard not to think of Daft Punk when considering the look of this French band. Although Space arrived way earlier, back in the second half of the 70’s. The absolute highlight from their ‘Magic Fly’ album if not their best cut ever, ‘Carry On, Turn Me On’ just says it all. Bringin’ up into some hypnotic percussive territories, with Madeline Bell‘s suggestive vocal delivery standing as the icing on the cake…
Many are those who sampled it since. From Moodymann (‘In Loving Memory’) to Martha Cinader (‘Living It’ as remixed by Victor Simonelli). But also Arnold Jarvis (‘Love Of My Life’ produced by the Basement Boys) among others…
10 essential sexy jams / Saint Tropez – Belle de jour (Butterfly Records)
With Space, we had a French group teamin’ up with an American singer. Meanwhile with Saint-Tropez, it’s just the reverse. Back at the time of this release, erotism was just all around. With films such as the ones directed by David Hamilton or Just Jaeckin (‘Emmanuelle’). Produced by Laurin Rinder and W. Michael Lewis (El Coco, Le Pamplemousse), the French sung ‘Belle de jour’ brings us back to the souvenir of the Luis Buñuel 1967 film of the likes starring Catherine Deneuve. Although in a slightly different theme. A late loving revelation narrated by French singer Jean-Paul Vignon along with an impressive symphonic orchestration. You don’t need understanding French (although it would be a definitive plus) to realize how hypnotizing this song is…
10 essential sexy jams / Johnny Guitar Watson – I Want To Ta-Ta You Baby (DJM Records)
From the same album as ‘Superman Lover’ (‘Ain’t That A Bitch’), Johnny Guitar Watson sounding like balanced between Blues (vocally speakin’) and Jazz. One of the definitive highlights in the genre. With subtly suggestive lyrics in the vein of Roy Ayers‘ ‘Poo Poo La La’. Etta James eventually covered it back in 1998. And so would do Leela James 14 years after…
10 essential sexy jams / Chico DeBarge feat. Erick Sermon & Redman – Soopaman Lover (Universal Records)
Soundin’ familiar? It most definitely should. As nothing but an interpolation of a classic by the likes Johnny Guitar Watson. And more precisely ‘Superman Lover’ from his 1978 ‘Ain’t That A Bitch’ album. Rapper Erick Sermon who produced it and fellow Redman bringin’ it to another level along with R&B singer Chico DeBarge. The latter, in his instantly identiable style, somehow reminding of Marvin Gaye at times…
10 essential sexy jams / Floetry – Say Yes (DreamWorks)
‘Say Yes’. But how could it ever be different to Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart‘s unusual voices and unabashedly romantic lyrics?!? Here we have a definitive manifesto in the history of the short-lived Neo-Soul trend. Even though Floetry never got to massive recognition. Producer Andre Harris comin’ up with the necessary arrangements to increase the intimate climate of this vibrant song. Meanwhile Darryl James and Fred McFarlane, aka the DFA, gave it a brilliant uptempoed version the year after (in 2003) on Fall Out Records.
10 essential sexy jams / Isaac Hayes – Moonlight Lovin’ (Ménage à trois) (Polydor)
Isaac Hayes has always kept an eye on the matters of the times he’d been livin’, with the sexual revolution makin’ no exception. A tendency that saw the light in the mid-60’s. With the improvement of the contraception process along with the pill which gave women more control. And, in the meantime, the unveilling of the female body with the arrival of the mini-skirt. 10 years after, Ike would highlight an already substancial imagery with the tight but relaxed jazzy beat-driven symphonic ‘Moonlight Lovin”. Goin’ further though while exploring the ménage à trois theme…

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