The downloadable "New Orleans Christmas Bounce" mix delivers exactly what its title promises with the right spirit.
Yesterday My Spilt Milk went old school bounce with Ricky B; today - contemporary with New Orleans Christmas Bounce, a seven-song, 18-minute downloadable mixtape for the season. One of my favorite current bounce producers, BlaqNmilD, opens it with Sess 4-5 on "Christmas Tree," building on a Jackson 5 sample. Elsewhere, Kourtney Heart, Big Freedia and others mix the playful spirit of bounce with the sleek, well-dressed R&B grooves.
New Orleans Christmas Bounce makes me think I was on to something when I theorized that Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" is the African-American Christmas music gold standard equivalent of Bing Crosby's "White Christmas." In this mix, the song appears in three tracks including a segue from Roca B and Ya Boy Big Choo's urban version into an anarchic, clattering take by Big Freedia. That flows into a bounce remix of R. Kelly's "Merry Christmas," then a killer, brass-oriented remix of "Christmas in New Orleans" by Dani' Wright.
Someone in the Crescent City is going to have to step up to make cooler Christmas music this year.
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