Every so often at this time of year I want to hear something other than Step into Christmas by Elton John. Rarely, mind. But when I do, I reach for Season's Beatings, a Christmas mix of hip hop, funk, soul and awesome, featuring Christmas songs by Jackson 5, James Brown, DMC, Kurtis Blow, Shonen Knife, Ray Charles and Rotary Connection.
In the spirit of the season, here it is to download. But it's also perfect as a stocking filler, to keep and play year after year, with wicked cover graphics. Buy it here. We play it every year in our house. (Nothing to do with the fact that it is the creation of James and his mate Hudson. It genuinely is awesome.) There are some bad words on it though, so be careful if you have youngsters.