As the festive season reaches fever pitch, it can all start to get a bit much.
Just as that robust Christmas diet of chocolates and booze can play havoc with the digestion, so too does the music world’s round of festive freebies and seasonal treats become too much to take in. If you need to narrow things down, though, Luckyme’s advent calendar is a good place to start.
Across its six year tenure, this free-to-download series of edits, remixes and oddities from friends and family of the Glaswegian label is always packed with gems. The whole of this year’s calendar can be found here, and there’s no shortage of highlights, including vivid R&B hybrids from the likes of Obey City and Sammy Stache, tender ambience from Claude Speeed and How To Dress Well, and excellent reworkings of underground stars Kelela and Jacques Greene.
But it’s one of Luckyme’s signature artists who supplies the icing on this calorific Christmas cake. Rustie’s take on ‘Beautiful’ is a neat partner piece to Hudson Mohawke’s reworking of Four Tet track ‘Parallel Jalebi’ - both transform their source material into a rap banger of epic proportions. Rustie has particularly good material to work with, though: the original, something of an anthem for the much-buzzed PC Music label, is giddily euphoric in a manner not dissimilar from Luckyme’s finest releases.
The outcome, with its enormous, wooshing buildups and eardrum-lacerating percussion, may not be totally unexpected - but that doesn’t make it any less spine-tingling.