Some Christmas songs are not just for XMAS

Two Christmas albums you’re not likely to hear at the malls. Ever

Low – Christmas (1999)

In typical Low style, this is a haunting album with a surprisingly upbeat opener. A.V. Club’s Josh Modell described it as “the religious album even heathens can love”.

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Phil Spector – A Christmas gift to you (1963)

Phil Spector brings his Wall of Sound production to Xmas standards with The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans. The Beatles re-issued the album on their Apple label in 1972. The album was included in Robert Dimery’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Off the beaten Chistmas track – A Playlist

Some of my favourite Christmas songs including a few floor fillers from my early DJ days on Spotify or Deezer. Be warned: This is not a typical family friendly playlist.

In a choice between DJing on Christmas Eve or New Year, I would pick Christmas every time. New Year was (and still is) a massive boozy build-up with wall-to-wall hits and a serious slump after 2am, while Christmas Eve was a measured optimistic night full of loners and those with no family to go to…sometimes by choice. The drive home after was always quiet and magical.

Playlist on Deezer

Playlist on Spotify

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