Track of the Day: 'Xmas Mix'

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Past TracksJust in time for the holidays comes a slice-and-dice version of the annual Christmas mix CD, in this case put together by Bristol, UK pop-hop duo Malachai, whose own music combines the sound of the '60s with the sound of the streets (their new CD, Return to the Ugly Side, comes out on Feb. 22 on Domino Records). Here Malachai members Gee's and Scott's tastes don't so much blend as collide, as this 16-and-a-half minute audio adventure bounces from the Beatles and the Who to Kurtis Blow and Run DMC, with my personal favorite inclusion coming in the form of "Santa's Rap" by the Treacherous 3, Doug E. Fresh and the Magnificent Force from the 1984 landmark of hip-hop cinema, Beat Street.

And as added stocking stuffer, Malachai have also launched a homemade video for the Return to the Ugly Side track Rainbows" featuring vocals by Katy Wainwright. Enjoy the sound of the colors.



Samples include:
1/The Beatles "Christmas Time Is Here Again"
2/Biz Markie "Christmas Shouts"
3/Man The Thunder "And The Lighting Kid"
4/Band Aid "Do They Know It's Xmas ft Ken Down The Pub"
5/Production Aids "Santa's On His Way"
6/The Beatles "Xmas Message"
7/Darlene Love "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
8/Los Straightjackets "Little Drummer Boy"
9/ Los Straightjackets "Jingle Bell Rock"
10/Harvey Scales "Broadway Freeze"
11/Elvis Presley "It's Christmas Time"
12/James Brown "Soulful Christmas"
13/Whistle "Just Buggin'"
14/Jona Lewie "Stop The Cavalry"
15/Kurtis Blow "Christmas Rappin'"
16/Paul McCartney "Wonderful Christmas Time"
17/The Who "Christmas"
18/Badly Drawn Boy "Donna And Blitzen"
19/Run DMC "Christmas In Hollis"
20/Treacherous 3 "Santa's Rap"
21/Wizard "I Wish It Could Be Xmas Everyday"
22/Malachai Christmas message
23/Production Aids "Christmas Gifts" 24/The Beatles "Happy Xmas Outro"

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Stephen Cooke is an arts and entertainment reporter for the Chronicle-Herald daily newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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