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— Jingle Bell Rack

Released 10 December 2010 on Rack & Ruin records / RRR196

About 'Jingle Bell Rack'

Christmas sure has that certain knack of bringing people together, and from all corners of the globe, and from all varieties of the Rack & Ruin musical spectrum.

Vlantis, a RnR newcomer starts off proceedings with the joyous, fast, fun, frenetic opener "Hush Child, The Snow is Gone", a track based on one which Vlantis (Joe Jacobs) wrote with his friend Chris Ward at an earlier date. Grand Pocket Orchestra are next up, with another ridiculously catchy number entitled "Yum Yum", their coming year will be one to watch with interest.

We slow things down a litlte with a gorgeous T Bear ballad, before The Macadamia Brothers, who has featured on all of the other xmas compilations takes on the Bing Crosby classic "You're all I want for Christmas". The Crayons are next up, with a festive instrumental (and a special message to the listeners), before turning to the countryfied humourous storytelling of Oklahoma's Brad Fielder, the lyrics here will surely raise a smile as you glug on some gluhwein.

Gnomefoam showcases his new sound, ahead of 2011's first release "Squirrelcore", mixing his trademark cut and paste ideas with Yorkshire rap! Then we see the welcome return of the stunning Dean 01 (formerly known as Dean Angel).

Vincent Lillis shifts things into his psychedlic realm with the delicious "Christmas with a shotgun", and the Irish link continues with the outstanding Western Homes and No Monster Club (featuring Cloud Castle Lake), who curated last years Xmas compilation, and whose popularity seems to be souring as the months pass. Finally we close with the Mariah Carey classic, "All I want for Christmas is you" with added auto-tune, from Teacups.

Merry Christmas one and all.

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