[This playlist originally appeared on Kenneth in the (212)]
The most important part of the hook-up is the spontaneity of it all. After the initial uncertainty and anticipation, there’s nothing like that sudden jolt that comes from having your boy crush accompany you back home. The blood pumps harder when you go with the flow. The second most important is the music. And this, on the other hand, requires careful planning on your part. The last thing you want is to have a guy jump out of your bed the second “Poker Face” comes on.
So here’s some songs to help you set the tone. Guaranteed to have the boy call you back the next day — if anything to get a copy of the playlist.
Untitled – Interpol
Most people think that their sex playlist should start once they get under the covers … but they’re wrong! The music should start as soon as your guest walks in the door. Play something safe and recognizable to make them feel right at home. And no one does sexy cool like old school Interpol.
Stars and Sons – Broken Social Scene
Once you’re all settled in and he’s sitting on the living room couch waiting for that glass of leftover white wine, Broken Social Scene will make him feel like he’s stuck in a Sofia Coppola film. This is the perfect song to play while you engage in a semi-serious conversation about life, goals and observations. Wow, look at that! You two have so much in common!
Watercolors – Music Video
“Have you heard this song?” ask as soon as this comes on. Most certainly he’ll say no, unless he’s read this blog entry. Music Video is an unsigned, indie electro artist from Tucson. I found them randomly on MySpace a few years back. “OK, listen to this, you’ll love it.” This will stop whatever conversation you two were having to begin contemplating what will come next. Now that you have his undivided attention, make a move exactly at the 2:21 mark. It’s magic. Continue making out, innocently on the couch until the song ends and then …
Dear Miami – Roisin Murphy
… get up slowly, grab his arm, help him out of the couch and guide him to your room. Stop on the way to push him up against the wall of the hallway and make out some more. You’re strictly rolling VIP by this point, boy! (This girl is known as the original Lady Gaga, only not as obnoxious).
Pure Morning (Les Rythmes Digitales Remix) – Placebo
Placebo has been making polysexual rock anthems since the late ’90s. This song has always been one of my favorites. And this great remix is perfect for slowly untying your shoelaces and unzipping your (or someone else’s) jeans.
In the Morning – Junior Boys
Invite your paramour to come underneath the covers with you. The only suggestion I make is to blast Junior Boys in the background. The rest I leave up to your imagination.
Until We Bleed – Kleerup (Feat. Lykke Li)
Enough fooling around; it’s time to get down to business. I first heard of Swedish producer Kleerup when he produced a song for Robyn’s comeback. This track featuring the quirky Lykke Li is pretty emotionally loaded, so not for casual encounters and definitely not for the faint of heart.
Archangel – Burial
At some point in the night, lyrics can get a little distracting (the reason why I didn’t include Lil Kim’s “How Many Licks” in this mix). So this is where the British dubstep of Burial comes to the rescue. Burbling beats for the most breathtaking moments of the hook-up.
Look After Me – Hot Chip
And then a moment to respire. Hot Chip is one of my favorite bands, and this song is perfect for cuddling. It also has lots of downtime where you can lean over your lover and suggest that he doesn’t have to get ready to leave … he can stay the night.
I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From – Kings of Convenience vs. Röyksopp
Ah, the morning after! As the sun rises, this song should set the perfect tone for rubbing your tired eyes, looking around and realizing that oh, the boy of my dreams is still laying next to me.