We are all starting to feel a little more jolly as the season approaches so, in light of that, and as a reprieve from list-making, we asked two of our staff to curate a Christmas-themed cassette for the season.
Side A is provided by Simon Roche and features the track from the now-ubiquitous (and rightly so) A Charlie Brown Christmas, that notorious reindeer lover Billy Corgan is joined by a 45-piece string ensemble on a Smashing Pumpkins holiday song from 1997, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto, some Danish cheer and Low.
Side B by Alan Reilly takes a more spectral tone but not before kicking off with The Carpenters. Then’s there’s festive fare from Parenthetical Girls, Dent May’s crooning, London’s Summer Camp cover The Waitresses, Closed Cassette and Mutual Benefit (from Unholy Rhythms’ amazing Christmas mix) along with The Golden Filter covering Psychic TV and more.
Vince Guaraldi Trio – ‘O Tannenbaum’
Cocteau Twins – ‘Frosty The Snowman’
Glasvegas – ‘Please Come Back Home’
Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Christmas Time’
Ryuichi Sakamoto – ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’
Nørlund/Giana Factory – ‘En Helt Fantastisk Jul’
Low – ‘Long Way Around The Sea’
Irma Thomas – ‘O Holy Night’
The Carpenters – ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’
Closed Cassette – ‘Things Must Get Done’
Parenthetical Girls – ‘A Christmas Memory’
Dent May – ‘Holiday Face’
Summer Camp – ‘Christmas Wrapping’
The Golden Filter – ‘White Nights’
Houses – ‘This Is War’
Mutual Benefit – ‘Silent Night’