DJ D-Mac Jazzes Up the Holidays

Ten Soulful Holiday Tunes

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Stay two funky steps ahead of the usual holiday fare with this bag of jazz, soul, surf, and pop curated by DJ D-Mac (who happens to be a Christmas baby, just like DailyCandy’s D.C. editor).

Sleigh Ride,” by The Soulful Strings
(A lush, string-heavy jazz-pop arrangement tempered by a solid soul backbeat.)

Christmas Present Blues,” by Jimmy Reed
(The blues legend’s guitar and harmonica are so potent, he cheers himself on before a harmonica solo.)

Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul,” by The Soul Saints Orchestra
(No sleigh bells or angelic chorus — just raw vocals over an unstoppable, deep-funk groove.)

Silver Bells,” by Booker T. & the MG’s
(A mellow, soulful take on the perennially classic “Silver Bells.”)

Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects,” by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
(The soul diva puts her childhood existentialist lament to song.)

Jingle Bells,” by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
(A drum break-heavy instrumental reinterpretation by the producer/multi-instrumentalist.)

Let It Snow,” by The Diplomats of Solid Sound
(Hard-swinging soul jazz in the best James Brown tradition.)

I Was Born on Christmas Day,” by Saint Etienne
(A jubilant slice of indie-dance pop.)

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by The Ventures
(The surf-instrumental combo deftly segues from The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” to the classic tune. Total ear candy.)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” by The Avalanches
(Applying the twang and fuzz of surf guitar to skiing.)

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