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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Holiday Offerings

Chilly Yule?

I know what you're saying "Christmas chillout? Has he lost his mind?". My response is "yes" and "no" and "it's good damn it." So if you want to break the beats with boughs of holy or need some holiday chill to help you work through extended close proximity encounters with your favorite disfunctional family, here are a few worthy offerings.


Christmas Remixed

This 2003 release from Six Degrees Records shouldn't really work. The epitome of a gimmick, Christmas Remixed pits DJs with fireside crooners, and the result is traditional holiday classics dressed in beats galore. The thing is, it does work, for the most part, with folks like Dan the Automator having their way with Bing and Dino. I particularly like Stuhr's crack at "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and Beef Wellington's take on Bing Crosby's "Happy Holidays." Six Degrees followed up last year with Christmas Remixed, Volume 2. But I haven't heard it yet.


hOMe for the Holidays

Brought to you by the fine West coast deep house label, Om Records. As with most of their compilations, Om dips into their accomplished, in-house stable of talent for a fine CD of updated Christmas classics. Artists like Kaskade, Rithma, and J Boogie's Dubtronic Science offer up reworked & reshuffled holiday classics resulting in a stunningly beautiful album for those that enjoy holiday music that is slightly different from the tried & true standards. "Charlie Brown Cut Up" by Colossus (1/2 of King Kooba) stands out as "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" receives a turntablist's update.


The Reindeer Room Volume II

Finally, another highly recommended choice for the Christmas cocktail crowd is "The Reindeer Room Volume II" on Kriztal Entertainment. This collection mostly features unknown producers (except for Jon Kennedy from Grand Central), but the production is top notch. Obscure carols shine through in their latest incarnations amidst the more recognisable Christmas fare. These versions are very seductive and are perfect for playing towards the tipsy end of any Holiday soiree. The smooth, sexy sounds are sure to help you make a new friend for the evening (hopefully it won't be a member of your immediate family). Also, this CD gets major points solely for the fact that they've included a bonus DVD of a Yule Log fireplace! So if you do end up pulling at said Holiday soiree, you won't even need to build a fire to lay beside!

You can find Christmas Remixed and hOMe for the Holidays on iTunes. All three albums are available thru Amazon.com.

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