It's gotten to be the best almost annual surprise Christmas present (almost) every year...the Daptone Christmas single. For lovers of classic soul and R&B with an emphasis on the B, Daptone is THE label. They get it right, even down to the many 7" singles. But mostly its the Daptone sound that delights. And the Christmas singles? Daptone's batting 1000. First came Binky Griptite's "Stone Soul Christmas", then Sharon Jones' "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" last year. And, this year, it's Charles Bradley's turn to funk up the place with "Everyday Is Christmas (When I'm Lovin' You)"--a song that could easily have come off the 1968 Original "Soul Christmas". Bradley's performance lies somewhere between Otis Redding and James Brown and that's a pretty exclusive area to be driving in. The flip is a more down tempo, but no less soulful jam, "Mary's Baby". Both clock in at over 4 minutes and you have your choice of vinyl or download. My only disappointment, here, is that (unlike last year's Sharon Jones single), the vinyl does not include an instant download. Considering that delivery of the 7" isn't expected until after Christmas, that seems a bit Scrooge-ish. (Watch, they'll change that now, except for the people like me who ordered the vinyl immediately) Ah, well, vinyl is forever. Pick this one up on vinyl direct from Daptone. Buy the download from Daptone, Amazon or iTunes. Keep Soul alive. Oh, and here's the "Daptone holiday card", where you can listen to this great new Christmas record from Charles Bradley.
I love Christmas, music, and cats. What more do you need to know?