We're keeping it moving over here BlackRadioIsBack.com & FuseBox Radio Broadcast family catching up on blog posts over here (partially due to other commitments lately & partially due to needing to be inspired a bit musically)...
We've posted up some pretty fly music mixes, remix projects and mixtapes from UK DJ & producer Chris Read over here in the past and now, he hit us with his latest joint, a collaborative mixtape project with 2 time ITF mix champion Marc Hype for the holiday season called The World's Greatest Christmas Mixtape (humble title, right...heh).
Here's the description from Chris Read below about the project & how it came into being:
When it came to putting together a mixtape at this time of the year, I knew I couldn't do it without getting my friend and 2 time ITF champion, Marc Hype in on the act.I've been rocking this heavy for the past week (and that's a VERY big compliment, by this time of year, I'm ready to throw out the window any radio that's playing cloying Holiday Season music) and had to share it with everyone...let us know what you think and hope you enjoy it!
Marc and I first met about this time last year when DJing at the Rap History club night in Berlin and bonded over our love of obscure rap 12s, unusual breaks and, as it turns out, funky Christmas records. So it only seemed right that we collaborate on a Christmas mixtape.
The result of many hours of digging, many more of mix construction and a few email conversations is what we've decided to call 'The World's Greatest Christmas Mixtape', a title we hope will be taken in good humour and a dose of Christmas cheer.
You'd be forgiven for thinking a Christmas mix is going to be a little corny and to an extent you might be right, but what the hell.
If some of our favourite artists of all time (Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Michael Jackson to name a few) can get away with making Christmas records with their integrity in tact, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't give some of those records our loving touch - so that's what we've done; Two mixes taking in some funk fueled Christmas classics, forgotten Funk gems, a little Soul, Hip Hop from the 80s, 90s and beyond, and even a touch of Reggae and Latin all with that Christmas theme.
Merry Christmas - We hope you enjoy!
Chris Read & Marc Hype Present: The World's Greatest Christmas Mixtape
Download Link (includes mp3s of both mixes, tracklisting and cover artwork)
Part 1: Chris Read – Merry Chrismixx!
1. Chris Read – Merry Chrismixx Intro (Featuring Nat King Cole, Mike Epps, Dolemite, Ghostface, Disco 4, Derek B & Sweet Tee)
2. Lionel Hampton & Sonny Parker – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
3. Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Petula Clark – Where Did My Snowman Go?
5. Barry Gordon – Nuttin’ For Christmas (DJ Unite Refix)
6. Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus
7. Eddie Murphy – Doo Doo Christmas Gifts
8. Mike Epps – Bad Santa Skit
9. De La Soul – Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
10. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
11. De La Soul - Simply
12. Danimal & Lakim – Big Pooh Vs. Santa Claus
13. King Sun D Moet – Christmas In The City
14. Margaret Whiting – Misteltoe Kiss Polka
15. Scoopy – Scoopy Rap
16. Diana Ross & The Supremes – Born Of Mary
17. Sweet Tee – Let The Jingle Bells Rock
18. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
19. Jackson 5 – Up On The House Top
20. Run DMC – Christmas In Hollis
21. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
22. Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
23. Super J – Santa’s Rap Party
24. James Brown – Signs Of Christmas
25. James Brown – Soulful Christmas
26. Bootsy Collins – Winterfunkyland (Excerpt)
27. Bobby Helems – Jingle Bell Rock
28. INT – That Magic Of Christmas
29. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me
Part 2: Marc Hype – Jingle Bells ‘09
1. Blondie ft. Fab 5 Freddie - Yuletide Throwdown (Excerpt)
2. Mirror Image - Deck The Halls
3. Dan The Automator - Jingle Bells Remixed
4. Bing Crosby - Happy Holiday (Beef Wellington Remix)
5. Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus And His Old Lady
6. The Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
7. Harvey Averne Band - Let's Get It Together This Christmas
8. Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas
9. Billy Jackson - Have A Happy Christmas
10. Cold Crew - Rappin' Christmas (Platurn Edit)
11. Thurl Ravenscroft - You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch
12. Elf Elf & Dok-Im - My Christmas Bells
13. Derek B - Chillin' With Santa
14. Jewel T - Bring On The Sleigh Bells
15. Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman
16. Martin Mull with The Sondra Baskin Glee Club - Santafly
17. Funk Machine - Soul Santa
18. J.D. McDonald - Boogaloo Santa Claus
19. Pee Pee Dynamite - Groovy Christmas & New Year
20. Al Hirt - Nutty Jingle Bells
21. Mirror Image - O Tannenbaum
22. Billy May Orchestra - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
23. James Brown - Merry Christmas I Love You
24. Martin Mull - Santa Doesn't Cop Out On Dope
25. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
26. Tom Waits - Silent Night / A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
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