Daptone Records, home to many soulful grooves, have released a new holiday single by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects," is a soulful refection of Christmas past, starting with a young Sharon's inquiry about of how Santa will put presents under the tree, her mother's reassurance that, "Santa Claus got some magic things, as soon as you're asleep, a chimney will appear, and tomorrow you will see all he brings." and ending with an epiphany as an adult.
The b-side, "Holiday Breakdown," lays the instrumental version of the same soul-stunning track with the addition of holiday tidings given by Dap-Kings guitarist, Binky Griptite. This year proved to be a very productive year for Binky, also as the man behind the mixer, producing the Pepper Pots latest album, NOW!. Spain's soul/ska serenaders, the Pepper Pots are giving us their own holiday gift in a CD single, WAITING FOR A CHRISTMAS LIGHT.
AIN'T NO CHIMNEYS IN THE PROJETS/HOLIDAY BREAKDOWN, can be purchased through Daptone Records, and is also being offered for free as part a holiday promotion through Dec. 31st, 2009. WAITING FOR A CHRISTMAS LIGHT, also a free release, is being sent with any purchase from the Pepper Pots webstore. Both releases are sure to bring about good cheer, and are the perfect substitute(or accessory) to any holiday cheese log. While we're talking about free holiday music, Champagne Riot's "Xmas Safari," is available as a free download here on the Shelflife Records blog. Also, Moneypenny has their double-sided single, A MONEYPENNY ¢HRI$TMAS, featuring covers of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and Charlie Brown's "Christmas Time Is Here." Download it here.