Various Artists - Christmas In The HouseKing Street Sounds
It seems that some of us do have a heart that goes beyond living for the music, or the money to be made from it. This is great, particularly regarding the meaning, thoughts and intent on releasing this digital only album - thanks to the vision of Hiro Ishioka, KSS's A & R man also behind the recent success of instalment 2 of Toyko Calling series. Full of poignancy; lyrics flow with sincerity that is undeniably driven by an innate faith as demonstrated on Diviniti's soul electro stacked 'The Reason'. As is Kenny Bobien's inspirational and emotive falsetto signature mark that makes sound the basic of the original hymn 'Let Us Adore Him (Come O Ye Faithful)', adding a sense of meaning so strong even this MP3 generation can get to grips and fall in love with it. Equally gorgeous and made for those deeper house dance floor gatherings is the instrumental percussion consortium of 'Silent Night' - so well produced by industry house keyboardist Eric Kupper, it's never sounded so fresh. Sparkling and glittering not only to set disco lights off all over the place, but made with the season in mind - to be cheerful, as the Afro rhythms and jamboree come alive in piano playfulness on Jihad Muhammad's 'It's Holiday Time'. Noticeably, there tracks that might only get airtime during the holidays, whereas some have been so cleverly crafted and worded it won't matter what day or time they're played. That said, with so many stand out tracks including those of DJ Spen, Joi Cardwell, two vocal offerings from Chris Bran aka Ananda Project and the opening from Stephanie Cooke reminding us why and what we get into spirit of it all for; Jesus, family and peace. We can all indeed be spoilt for choice; Christmas can be in the house all year round.
Marcia Carr, 12/07