The first ever Christmas-themed House Music album
Just in time for the Christmas season, Bobby D’Ambrosio, in tandem with studio collaborator Shawn Lucas, has come up with a unique project: the world’s first Christmas house music album. Traxsource caught up with Bobby to share some roasted chestnuts and eggnog, and to get the low-down on this intriguing project.
From DJing on the terrace at Space Ibiza to membership of the legendary Def Mix Productions crew, Bobby D’s 20-year house music career credentials are second to none. However, this yuletide, Bobby is delivering a particularly special gift: ‘Angels Sing’ is house music’s first ever Christmas album, a 12 track feast of festive soulful house beats and stellar vocal contributions.
The album includes impeccably produced soulful house remakes of Christmas classics like ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’, ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and features a who’s-who of vocalists from the soulful scene, including Jamelle Jones, Sandra Huff, Wayne Davis, Billy Cliff, Latasha S. Jordan, Kelli Sae and Chez “G”. “I love most Christmas music,” says Bobby, “the holiday season always gives me joy, warm feelings and wonderful memories and I wanted to do an album of some of my favourite songs.” As well as fresh interpretations of other cool-yule classics including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’, they even found the time to include a couple of original Christmas tracks as well, penned by studio accomplice Shawn Lucas.
This is a unique project – aside from the 1978 Salsoul ‘Christmas Jollies’ LP there really hasn’t been a similar release. For Bobby, this was a chance to produce something from the heart that drew on his love of the soulful jazz and swing music of his childhood, but which brought that template bang up to date. Aimed at “everyone who enjoys soulful house, dance and jazz music” we think Bobby has hit the target, although he isn’t taking all the credit; aside from programming contributions from Raffa Scoccia, Bobby is quick to praise all the singers involved as well as co-producer Shawn Lucas’s “outstanding work in arranging and bringing out the best in all the vocalists.” And he’s right – just listen to those voices soar and you’ll hear why the album is called ‘Angels Sing’.
This release is literally perfect for house DJs at this time of year; you can consider it a stocking filler from Bobby D to all the DJs who want to spice up their sets with something super-seasonal and funkily-festive – Happy Holidays!