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Who are we to tell you what to listen to in your boudoir? Well, actually…
Maybe you’ll trust the tip-offs from the tastemakers we’ve tapped for their top tunes. (If you’ll pardon that torrent of alliterative trilling.) For our brand-new compilation series we’ve come up with the most seductive soundtrack thanks to grilling a few bon viveurs to reveal their sexiest records. And don’t think this little shiny wheel of music is confined to inspiring suite dreams – it sounds pretty darned fine blaring from a car stereo. Particularly when hightailing it off on a romantic escape, obviously.

Angel_AD.qxdIn bed with… Volume One out 1 September. To buy or browse, visit our shop.

In the words of one of our revered record-selectors, Michelle Ogundehin, editor-in-chief, Elle Decoration:

‘What a fantastic set of tracks. I am thrilled to be involved – and how brilliant that a donation goes to one of my favourite charities, Shelter.’

How’s that for an endorsement? Now enough of this smug self-celebration (and this same-sounding syllable silliness), please judge for yourself. We hope you’ll forgive us for thinking it’s pretty special.

Here’s the tracklist and the fashion, music and media folk who inspired it…

Marc Almond That Dress (exclusive track)
as chosen by
Roland Mouret (designer)

Sufjan Stevens To Be Alone With You
as chosen by Lauren Laverne (DJ/broadcaster)

Television Marquee Moon
as chosen by by Natasha Law (artist)

The dø On My Shoulders
as chosen by
by Tom Aikens (chef)

Neon Neon I Lust U
as chosen by
James Lohan (co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith)

Jenny Lewis Black Sand
as chosen by
Tamara Salman (creative director Liberty)

Love Alone Again Or
as chosen by
Howard Marks (author and bon vivant)

Terry Callier Dancing Girl
as chosen by
Tiffanie Darke (editor Sunday Times Style)

Raphael Saadiq 100 Yard Dash
as chosen by Rob Wood (TuneSmith and founder of Music Concierge)

Ruth Brown I Don’t Know
as chosen by
VV Brown (artist and producer)

The Beta Band Dry The Rain
as chosen by
Russ Holborough (Cuban Brothers DJ/performer)

Sharon Jones Just Dropped In
as chosen by
Jo Wood (founder Jo Wood Organics)

Empire of the Sun Half Mast
as chosen by
Taryn Ross (founder

Velvet Underground Sweet Jane
as chosen by
Michelle Ogundehin (editor of Elle Decoration)

John Martyn Don’t Want To Know
as chosen by Dylan Jones (editor GQ)

Air France No Excuses
as chosen by
Tamara Heber Percy (co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith)

Released next week, our 16-track compilation CD In bed with… Mr & Mrs Smith is priced £15. This includes free BlackSmith membership (usually £15 a year) and a donation to housing and homelessness charity, Shelter (; 0808 800 4444).

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