Soulful Holiday Spirit: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by @BrandynBurnette has a laid back #Fugees vibe

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

It is indeed one of my favourite Christmas songs, but Brandyn Burnette’s spin on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” deserves to be heard because of its chill, soulful vibe that would definitely make Lauryn Hill and Fugees fans proud.  Brandyn reaches into that old-soul bluesy R&B style that surfaces in his songs now and again to bring a contemporary, content and, holiday-happy ambiance to this classic.  The music is minimal and like the best renditions of “Merry Little” it’s all about the vocal and the style.  Add it to your holiday Spotify playlist at the link above.

Contemporary makeover: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by @Saxity featuring Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (free DL)

Collaborations are often amazing as they can bring out the best in both talents.  And two that I didn’t know before 2016 dazzle with their updating of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.  Germany’s Saxity of course has had many original, cover, and remix zingers this year including the most recent “Brothers”.  And Georgia’s Victor Perry graces us with his beautiful voice again just after his gorgeous cover of Everything But The Girl’s “Missing”.  Together, their rendition of this classic is the perfect holiday song to set the tone for your party and get people into a great mood.  It’s an uptempo version packaged with everything you might want – guitar, sax, rhythm and assured vocal – how can you go wrong?  You can’t – go and download it for free at the link above 🙂

Autumn Popervescence

We’re a month away from Winter, but Autumn Popervescence is still upon us!  And leading the highlights in advance of the new album due on November 30 is Eric Saade.  The 21 year old Swede has Saade Volume Two on deck and the wonderful folks at Scandipop are previewing songs from the album as they did with Volume One.  My initial favourites from the first album shifted once I heard the whole record, which is one of the very best of 2011.  So Volume Two has a high benchmark in front of it, but the songs are written mainly by the same team (Jason Gill/J-Son/Robin Fredriksson and Eric himself) which makes them seem like natural progressions from Volume One, particularly something like “Explosive Love”.  I’m hoping the domestic success of the killer “Hotter Than Fire” (featuring Dev) will morph into an international release for Eric.  Pop this good should not be divided by borders and record contracts!!  Listen to the previews on Scandipop right here.

Next up, British singer Gary Go dazzled us in 2009 with “Wonderful”, a song that anyone should listen to if they’re feeling down about themselves.  Then we heard from him again this past Spring as vocalist on Benny Benassi’s “Cinema”, a bit of a change of pace for Gary with the song being an out-and-out dance hit.  Now he’s about to release his new ‘soundtrack’ NWOTF, and to preview that record we have a re-invented version of “Cinema” featuring Carina Round that’s worth hearing because it’s so different from the Benassi version.  Download it for free with an email subscription right here.

I love me some house music that’s progressive and makes you think about what its creators might do next.  So if you like folks like Azari & III and Hot Chip, you should get to know Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, who have already remixed for the likes of Lady GaGa (“Marry The Night”).  The British duo are finding quite a lot of favour in their home country and have released the infectious “Dream On”, which you can get for a free download with subscription right here.

DJ Tatana (or Tatana Sterba) has been making vibrant dance music for a number of years now, and I know her best from her collaboration with Jael on “Always On My Mind” from 2004.  The Switzerland-based Tatana is back with an absolutely slamming and trance-y new song featuring Cherrytree Records’ own Natalia Kills called “You Can’t Get In My Head (If You Can’t Get In My Bed)”.  Watch out for the dubstep-oriented breakdown – best one I’ve heard since “Wicked Baby” by Ro Danishei & Simon Curtis!  Listen below.

New York hip hop trio The Corp Cartel has been making its presence known in its home town with the group’s Latin hip hop stylistics and performances.  One of the trio, Tana, has released a promising solo effort called “Live In The Past”.  The song benefits from a beautifully sweet featured vocal by fellow New York singer Baiyu, about whom I blogged about this past summer.  Listen to the song below and download it for free.

And now we arrive at the holiday season, with three new Christmas songs to whet your palate.

The Little Belter herself, Elouise, has upped the ante with one of the songs from her new EP on iTunes called Santa’s Little Belter.  I previewed her rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last week.  Getting away from traditional songs, Elouise and her team looked back to the disco era for a song written by the late Paul Jabara (he won an Oscar for “Last Dance” by Donna Summer) called “Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man For Christmas)”.  So get on your dancing shoes and mix it in with “I Will Survive” and “It’s Raining Men” and your party guests will have a blast guaranteed.  Listen to the radio edit below – an extended version is available on the EP too.

UK R&B/Pop singer Pierre Lewis is working hard to bring you some more new music for full album release in 2012.  In the interim, he’s released a heart-warming holiday balled called “Main Street” that makes you feel good in all the right places.  Get it on iTunes and listen below.

Toronto’s Roz Bell has released some of the most interesting and ear-catching songs in recent years.  It all started with “Yesterday Man” and “Papercut” from his 2008 album The First Sunbeams, which was followed in 2009 by “Heart Attack” from his album October. His collaboration with 100 Akres on the intensely soulful “Pink Cadillac” to me is his best work to date and was the first free download song to reach #1 on my personal chart in 2009.  Roz is writing, writing, writing, and I’m sure we’ll see the fruits from his efforts in 2012.  This past week, he dropped a cheerful Christmas song that is spot on with its simplicity.  Download “Happy Holidays To You” for free right here and listen below.

Christmas Cheese to Make You Smile: Evan Taubenfeld “Merry Swiftmas”

Last we saw Evan Taubenfeld, he was in Toronto sharing his enthusiastic set with a small crowd at the Phoenix club.  As with the great pop culture wit shown in two of my favourite songs of 2009, “Boy Meets Girl” and particularly “Cheater Of The Year”, Evan’s latest brainstorm is “Merry Swiftmas”… and while you might be able to guess some of the lyrics, you certainly won’t guess all of them, and they will leave you with a big fat honkin’ smile on your face.  For as long as Ms Swift is popular, I do declare a new seasonal favourite.  Thanks, Evan, and Happy Chanukkah!

Published in: on December 13, 2009 at 10:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pet Shop Boys – Christmas EP

I’m the worst one to want to talk about anything to do with the holidays until later in November, but knowing that Pet Shop Boys have an intriguing EP in store for us makes it all seem a little warmer.  News came from Twitter @petshopboys yesterday.

1. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas
2. My Girl (cover of a Madness song)
3. All Over The World
4. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing (medley)
5. My Girl (“Our House” mix)

It’s one of their lesser songs and videos, but it is their latest, and here’s the video for “Did You See Me Coming”.

Published in: on November 6, 2009 at 8:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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