Naturally, when KCRW was looking to commission someone to do a Valentine’s Day mix they knew exactly who to turn to.
And when that person said no and they exhausted a few other options, they came to me. Naturally.
This playlist could’ve easily have consisted of assorted Marvin Gaye and Barry White cuts or Al Green’s entire “I’m Still In Love With You“ album but that would feel like cheating; and if there’s one thing Valentine’s Day is definitely not about, it’s cheating.
On this mix, you’ll find jams from V-Day cornerstones like Marvin, Serge Gainsbourg and Barry White alongside modern-day masters of seduction like R. Kelly and Nathaniel Merriweather.
Think of it as Spanish Fly if Spanish Fly came in an audiobook format instead of one of those little shiny silver wrappers you get at the gas station.
I tested it on my girlfriend last night and I can tell you it totally works. So BE CAREFUL — don’t go around playing it unless you know what you’re getting into. You can thank me later by naming your child after me at the end of the year.
View the playlist and listen on Spotify below:
OutKast – Prototype
Al Green – I’m Glad You’re Mine
D’Angelo – Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus
Daft Punk – Something About Us
Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
R. Kelly – You Remind Me Of Something
Art Of Noise – Moments in Love
Desmond & The Tutus – Kiss You On The Cheek – King of Town Remix
Audio Bullys – I’m In Love
Hot Chip – Sexual Healing
WZRD – Teleport 2 Me, Jamie
How High The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – All I Need (Razor Sharp Remix)
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
Prince – I Would Die 4 U
Graham Gouldman – For Your Love
Beck – Think I’m In Love
Lovage – Stroker Ace
The Cure – Close To Me
INOJ – Love You Down
Ready For The World – Love You Down
Beastie Boys – Netty’s Girl