Let the Beat Build #34: September 2015
1. “Special Affair” - The Internet
KW: Sex jam time. Old or new. Not necessarily R&B either. I just really dig this track, a holdover from last month’s quest for new.
2. “Ms Fat Booty” - Mos Def
JW: It took me a minute to triangulate what approach to “Sex jam time” we were looking at here. Remind me to NEVER tell you my story about Ginuwine - Pony. There are, as your first additions to the Diversions list illustrate, many points of entry to this playlist. But the Internet flows in a way that felt smooth and ready for the Mighty Mos Def. Mr. Bungle will have to wait.
3. “2D2F” - Avenue D
KW: So many things I missed in the 2000s. I was on point with Mos Def, pretty much from the beginning. I totally missed out on Avenue D until my friend Gene laid it on me the other day. This song is so awesome. When I’m a DJ, I’m going to drop this track on every dance floor. High school dances, Jersey weddings, it doesn’t matter. The people need to hear it.
4. “Too Drunk To Fuck” - Dead Kennedys
JW: These two songs play like an East Village You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. I was hoping for the Nouvelle Vague version. I like how quickly this sex jamz list has devolved into a no sex/bad sex flow. Looking forward to seeing where this is going. KW: Eighth grade. That’s where this is going. I got Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death from a special girl, a transformative moment I’m sure I wrote about before. I’ve been super into the L.A./California music scene lately. Let’s see if I can pull out a jam that matches “pull out your fucking retainer, put it in your purse.” Quality.
5. “The Anchor” - Minutemen
KW: “The Anchor” has almost made it to a few of these playlists. It’s a narration of a dream that George Hurley (Minutemen drummer) had, where he was surrounded by women, and how he wished he never woke from that dream. A different kind of sex jam for sure. So now we’ve covered seduction sex jams, bad sex jams, and dream sex jam.
6. “Le Menage” - Black Sheep
JW: "... I said it wasn't foreplay, because I used my thumb." I haven't met anyone who is magnetized by the sexiness of this track, but he/she may exist. Dres and Mr. Long are pretty convinced that they've got it going on. And on. And on. And on.
7. “LIBIDO” - J*DaVeY
KW: I dig how this is basically an old school R&B sex jam. I would have put Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” here, this will do.
8. “Bump n’ Grind” - R. Kelly
JW: Tracks added to the Diversions List and then promptly deleted, b/c I just couldn’t handle the potential for them to come up on shuffle later: Jodeci - Freek’n You; Adina Howard - Freak Like Me; Boyz II Men - I’ll Make Love To You; Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up KW: I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers grinding to those jams at high school dances.
9. “Tall Boy” - Har Mar Superstar
KW: Who is a better R. Kelly than R. Kelly? Har Mar Fucking Superstar. I love this man, with the kind of love people used to have for R before he peed on that girl. I can’t believe that is a valid sentence, but it is. I hope Har Mar doesn’t pee on anyone.
10. "Dr. Knockboot" - Nas
JW: Clearly R & Har would benefit from some established rules or guidelines. Whether it be age limits or "yes confirmation". Fortunately, the doctor is in. Use protection. Check for ID. Don't repeat that you're a thug. Don't be like FedEx. Don't be too easy. Don't be too complex. "Make em bless you. We call that shit gesundheit."
11. “Fuck Wit Me” - Michael Christmas
KW: More L.A. in your face. Because that’s what you needed after fleeing from L.A. This is essentially a string of one liners, which is what a lot of hip hop is these days (old Nas, mid/late Weezy, Nicki Minaj). That’s not a bad thing, that’s just how it is. It’s good that things have gotten playful, instead of 100% posing.
12. "Mr. Good Bar" - LL Cool J
JW: LL plays with the 2-liners. Double the posing. Sounds like Theo and Cockroach calling girls cheeseburgers. Notice how concerned he is with the man? He's fixated on that guy. He's talking to her/you but he's thinking about him. And his dick is a chocolate bar.
13. “Fall In Love (Your Funeral)” - Erykah Badu
KW: Kind of the opposite. I love deep reappropriation in music. Cue B.I.G. sex jam in 3 … 2 … 1 …
14. “Suga Sista” - Rahzel, The Roots, Aaron Hall
JW: Is he talking to Erykah? Is this the sequel to You Got Me? Is this the path to make up sex? Or the path to moving on?
15. “So Far To Go” - J Dilla, Common, D’Angelo
KW: The Badu connections keep coming! Dilla’s production is really the star, with a serious supporting cast.
16. “I Want You” - Common
17. “Novacane” - Frank Ocean
KW: I was going to drop “I Want You” by Marvin Gaye, you know, that record he made when he was all coked out and having an affair with a teenage girl that he later married. Then I was like, you know, “Novacane” is kind of like that, with maybe less of the rose tinting.
18. “Moving In Stereo” - The Cars
JW: Not sure if the bridge here is about “teenage girl”, “fantasy” or “not being able to feel my face”, but my instinctive response was to recall the bathing suit scene from Fast Times At Ridgemont High. This is a good example of a song whose lyrics have nothing to do with Sex Jams, but as a soundtrack, it’s “sex-jammy”. Hard to say if my perception of that is rooted in my cultural knowledge of the film scene or if it just feels that saucy. I guess we’d have to ask a young person.
19. “Your Love is Weird” - Beck
KW: How many proto-hipsters and hipsters and post-hipsters used to put on the Juno soundtrack and make out? Maybe all of them. I tried to come up with my version of that, and stumbled on the fact that One Foot in the Grave is in Spotify now (but still no Stereopathetic Soul Manure). I listened to One Foot in the Grave constantly between Mellow Gold and Odelay. I’m sure Beck’s post meaning folk jams were playing during make out sessions back then. This is an unreleased track that I just heard this morning for the first time. I love it.
20. “Girl Let Me Touch You” - Dr. Octagon
JW: This dude’s love is weird. Weird AF! Anyone putting Kool Keith on their hook up mix has some kinks. Beyond the character though, I wonder what kind of partner does Keith look for? Who marries Kool Keith? I started thinking stuff like that after Howard Stern’s Private Parts. What a commitment. Is this a basement smoke jam? Is this a bad robitussin/spanish fly trip? Champagne Room? Eat me, drink me, “I will take Medicaid…”
21. “Billie Jean (Home Demo)” - Michael Jackson
KW: I almost dropped some Peaches here, because it’s hard to get as weird as Kool Keith. I’m going to the Peaches show at Irving Plaza in October, it’s going to be weird. But when you want weird, I guess there’s always Michael Jackson’s stream of consciousness. I was struck by the similarities between MJ’s home demos and Robert Smith’s home demos from the 80s. I looked for a Cure sex jam that would work (“A Pink Dream” is an old favorite). Being inside MJ’s head for a couple minutes is more interesting though.