Rhye: Sowing Rhye Oats

Rhye’s Mike Milosh on what he puts on when he’s in the mood for love

Since Mike Milosh has a reputation for making music that often results in listeners making babies, we decided to ask the man himself what music he feels conveys the kind of sensual, seductive eroticism fans hear in Rhye’s output. It turns out, Milosh opts for an eight-hour ambient work titled after the other thing people do in bed.

“Max Richter’s Sleep is an incredible record,” he says. “It’s one of my favorite albums in that context. It doesn’t impose anything on you. You’re not force-fed this concept of eroticism or sensuality. But it plays as background, and it’s so beautiful that it allows for such an intimate feeling to arise when it’s on. I don’t want to be told what to do; I don’t want to be force-fed an erotic moment. I don’t want to put on ‘Sexual Healing’—that seems very on the note. Something like Sleep seems like it accompanies you as opposed to force-feeding the idea, like, ‘Now we are having sex!’ Where’s my free will here? I don’t want to be fraudulent ever, and putting on ‘Sexual Healing’ would seem like a fraud.”

—Steve Klinge