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a little night
for your party pleasure by Yee-Fan Sun |
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sip cocktails by
Prime candidates for cocktail music have just two requirements in my
book: the music must be sexy, but unobtrusive enough that it won't get
in the way of good conversation. Anything that gets you kinda swaying
your hips without you really thinking about it is perfect. Jazz/swing
staples are the obvious choice -- you can't go wrong with a little Ella
Fitzgerald -- and good when you're hosting a very mixed crowd that
includes guests both old and young. But when I'm in the mood for
something just a little less, well, stodgy, I like to throw on these
albums (also good for dinner parties, gettin' romantic, and more )…
David Holmes Let's Get
Killed | DJ/ producer David Holmes has made a fine little
side-career for himself scoring movies, including Out of Sight and
Ocean's Eleven. No guarantees that popping Holmes' jazzy-cool Let's Get
Killed album into the ol' CD player will make you and all your guests
hot as George Clooney, but hey, it's worth a shot.
Pizzicato Five | Too-cute Japanese electronica pop with a vaguely
space-age vibe. All of the albums make for perfect cocktail party music,
but I'm particularly fond of Happy End of the World and
Ultra Lounge series | Throw on any of the Ultra-Lounge CDs and
you'll instantly feel like the glamorous star of some 50s TV show or 60s
spy flick. I'm particularly fond of the leopard Sampler, which comes in
a way cool plush animal-print package.
Wagon Christ Musipal
| Funky chill grooves that are
accessible enough that they won't completely alienate your mainstream
music-listening friends, but still feature plenty of musical invention
to appease the most serious of music snobs.
Dance music's the trickiest, as it tends to date itself pretty quickly.
Some of my favorite shake-your-booty albums from five years ago, for
instance, seem sort of cheesy to me now (I figure it'll take another
four-five years before those albums make the transition from just plain
cheesy to retro-cheesy cool, at which point they can go back into the
party rotation). Choosing the right dance music also depends so much on
your crowd; some folks won't boogie down to anything that they don't
already know (this is when it's best to stick to 70s and 80s dance pop
classics -- you know, your typical wedding DJ stuff), while the hipsters
tend to sniff their noses at anything that has the faintest whiff of the
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