As any long-term reader will know, we’re rather fond of the festive season here at Joyzine (in fact we’ll be unveiling the 18th edition of our annual Joyzine Advent Calendar in a couple of week’s time), so when the opportunity to share the latest volue of the esteemed XO for The Holidays Christmas album came our way, we were delighted.
Compiled by Kaytea of xo Publicity after social media pleas from fans of the series clamouring for its return, this tenth volume comes after a two year hiatus, bringing together sensational seasonal tunes by 14 acts from 5 countries, including artists from the rosters of Org Music, Kill Rock Stars, Sonic Ritual and Greystone Music, all free to stream or download.
Included amongst them are new takes on Christmas classics, including two versions of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” (by LIMINA and Sleepersound), more modern festive fare with Joyzine favourite Piney Gir‘s cover of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” and original tunes including Pat Kearns‘ heartbreaking “Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant”, Tav Falco‘s swinging rock and roll number “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”, and Logan Lynn‘s brash electropop banger “It’s Christmas Motherfuckers”.
In Kaytea’s own words, “It’s been a ride since I have put a new holiday comp out — with opening an office in Detroit, to KICKING Breast Cancer in its ASS and all of us surviving Covid I think its time again to enjoy deep holiday cheer. I have loved doing this year after year — it’s always fun to listen to our clients’ creative juices flow.“
Click the artwork below to access the full album.
Article by Paul Maps