Monday, December 21, 2015

Super Hi-Fi, Yule Analog, Vol. II

For you last-minute holiday types, I just received a fun Christmas album by Super Hi-Fi, namely Yule Analog, Vol. II (superhifimusic). It is trombone reggae-dub versions of Christmas music all will know, plus "Please Santa Bring Me an Echoplex", an original.

You get the old Trojan Records dub sound in all its brashness, including echo of course. The band has plenty of trombone with Rick Parker and Curtis Fowlkes and a good rhythm section in Jon Lipscomb on electric guitar, Ezra Gales on bass (and a bit of vocal), Madhu Siddappa on drums and a few guests here and there.

It's all great fun as they blast their way through some seemingly unlikely chestnuts like "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies" and "What Child is This?" But it works and puts you in a rollicking mood that leaves you reaching for the eggnog.

It would not be the choice for those wishing to create a reverent sort of atmosphere, surely, but I think you might already figure that. It is a blast, though! A hoot! And at the end it gets pretty out there.

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