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MOOD MUSIC With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we got a little curious about what the savvy folks in our community are listening to in order to put their partner, or themselves in the mood. From mushy gushy love songs to full records that make you want to get it on, we’ve compiled a list to help guide you in your endeavors. It’s our Valentine’s gift to you... you’re welcome. BY SARAH ALLEN AND BRITTANY RUDYCK Mikaela Cochrane — Future Womb Cochrane chose the song, “When You’re Smiling Adn Astride Me” by Father John Misty. She said, “This whole album is gold and I could rave about every song on it. The first time I listened to the album front to back I was on acid during a romantic getaway in the mountains and it was serious perfection. Lyrically this song captures how terrifying and vulnerable being in love is. As a writer who is typically pretty verbose, he’s at a loss for words and can only express his overwhelming love feeling in vowel sounds. The chorus of ‘Ohs’ is like a grand, shameless orgasmic declaration of devotion.” Matthew Doherty — The Dudes, Raleigh, and the High Kicks Two records stood out to Doherty. He put it simply, “Glass Animals’ Zaba and Otis Redding’s Otis Blue. Those are two albums that you’ll want to listen to with someone else. Because sex is amazing. Kimberley Ilott — Aerial artist and dancer Ilott knew her answer instantly and picked “Room in Here” by Andersen .Paak. “It’s cute, flirty, and sexy as fuck, with bass and rhythms that make my hips slinky. Paak owns the smooth seduction. The Game’s input on romance is unfortunately less inspiring, but overall the track is worth it.” Evangelos Lambrinoudis —DJ & musician No explanation needed. Lambrinoudis selected “Hey Mister” by Custom. Seriously, look it up. Marlaena Moore — Singer-songwriter With possibly the best, most self-loving answer we possibly could have asked for, Moore told BeatRoute “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer is her ultimate pick. She said, “Whenever I listen to it I’m pretty sure an ancient love goddess inhabits my body and makes me feel like I can do anything. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s a really good song to masturbate to.” Noelle Sawchuk — Manager of Local 510 Sawchuk found her favourite Valentine’s track by mistake while looking for the theme music from the movie Badlands. She said, “I would pick this song I’ve loved for years that makes me feel like a really sexy human. It has a calm vibe but super horny and feminine lyrics. Such great honest storytelling and so attractively framed — a total one off. It’s called ‘The Lady With The Braid’ and it’s by Dory Previn who I know absolutely nothing about.” Arron Crook — The Northern Coast Crook told BeatRoute his choice would have to be the sexy song “Hot Dreams” by Timber Timbre but that his preferred ‘get it on’ album is Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. “I love the soul aspect of Nathaniel Rateliff’s album, and ‘Hot Dreams’ just creates such a visual and a type of sultry vibe,” Crook said. Cassia Hardy — Wares Harding said that “Sweetest Taboo” by Sade is very special to her. “It’s got a killer groove, sophisticated production and arrangement. Sade’s voice is so reserved in its way, yet heavy with emotion. The music video brings it to another level, lush colours perfectly matching the mood.” Celeigh Cardinal - Singer/Songwriter ‘I would say my favourite romantic song, or the song that I think is the most romantic would be ‘Your Song’ by Elton John. I’ve written many love songs that just pour out all my feelings for someone and this song sums up exactly how I feel about it. All I can afford to give these days is my love and my songs. It’s the very best that I can do. ‘Your Song’ has always been one I relate to so much.” Cara Ashbey - Assistant Manager, Starlite Room “‘Forrest Gump’ by Frank Ocean is an incredibly romantic song! The lyrics discuss his unrequited love for Forrest Gump and arguably sitting in the metaphorical shoes of Jenny. It is almost more romantic to be in love with the idea of another person, than to every love them. ‘Forrest green, forrest blues, I’m remembering you, If this is love, I know it’s true, I won’t forget you’” Stacey Cann – Visual Artist “The Ramones ‘I Want To Be Your Boyfriend’ because it’s the perfect mix of cheese and sweet.” Chris Chang-Yen Phillips–News Coordinator, CJSR 88.5 FM “On their own, the two most romantic songs I can think of are ‘Cocoon’ by Björk, and ‘Leisure Suite’ by Feist. They both capture something honest about sex, intimacy, and longing. But really, a romantic song can be whatever brings you closer to an actual person (or people). I feel really close to my husband whenever I hear Northern Lights by Bowerbirds, because it used to be the alarm song on his phone. Same with ‘Dust to Dust’ by The Civil Wars, because we sang it a lot together while driving down highways at night. And ‘Chica Chica Boom Chic’ by Carmen Miranda makes the list too, because it makes us both laugh every time we hear it.” Ryn Climenhaga – Programming Assistant, Metro Cinema “Stan Rogers ‘45 Years’ is my top choice for romantic song. It’s a testament to a lasting love. He sings about meeting the woman he fell in love with and how still, after 23 years, he cant quite find the words to tell her how much he loves her. It really makes me feel like even these tumultuous times, there’s still hope for love (I’m secretly a total sap).” Perry Gratton– Edmonton Theatre Artist “‘Porcelain; by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s got that smiley naivety of new love while acknowledging the messiness of life.” Tanyss Nixi – Wildwood “I think Massive Attack is good make-out music because it puts you in a trance, and you’re not going to suddenly fade in for a minute to some distractingly stupid lyric that throws off your hot moves. Most romantic song to me is Nick Cave’s ‘Ship Song,’ it just has this sweet sorrowful melody and it’s all ‘loose your dogs upon me’ and ‘burn your bridges down,’ it’s about letting go and letting love conquer you, even when it could potentially destroy you. I’m totally into that.” Deicha Carter – Torchettes “Anything by Morphine makes me GIGI. It’s very ‘saxual.’“ BEATROUTE • FEBRUARY 2018 | 5