The Nineties are here on Sexiest song of… and we’re slowing things down, dimming the lights and moving from the dancefloor to the bedroom. The decade showered us with classic R&B slow jam seduction, and serious bragging from rap lotharios and the requisite boat-riding honeys. But there’s nothing sexier than someone who knows their own mind and isn’t afraid to say what they want. That’s why this decade’s sexiest goes to ‘Glory Box’ by Portishead: for demanding that we all “sow a little tenderness” over one of the slinkiest jazz samples on record. Beth Gibbons, singer for Portishead, was a revelation when this song was released. On ‘Glory Box’ her voice perfectly balances a fragile world-weariness with enough menace to match the grinding of distorted electric guitars which cut through the too-tasteful smoothness. “I’ve been a temptress too long” breathes Gibbons; and you believe her as the bass line descends, emphasising each phrase like a lover teasing you with each step closer. There’s definitely something kinky going on under all the appearance of respectability and jazz: when the guitar line kicks in and swells with the strings, it sounds like the track is tightening a restraint somewhere, about to walk all over you. “Sow a little tenderness / No matter if you cry / Give me a reason to love you” All she wants from you is a good reason to care, even if it hurts you in the process. She knows “This is the beginning of forever and ever”, and you might as well get used to it. Remember that if you find yourself at the mercy of a partner in the near future. Play safe and have fun!