Celebrate the holidays with festive releases from Smith & Burrows, Julia Jacklin, The Cribs & more!

⇥ PUBLISHED ON 21 December, 2020

“The perfect song for Christmas 2020” – James Corden on Smith & Burrows’ classic Christmas tune, ‘When The Thames Froze’. Almost a decade old, this song means more and more each year – it’s truly one of the best Christmas tracks out there and one of our ultimate favourites, so you can imagine how thrilled we were to see this treasured duo deliver a special Christmas performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. This forever classic was taken from the pair’s 2011 album, Funny Looking Angels – enjoy the utterly heart-warming rendition…

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…surely that performance has fuelled your festive feels, but if not we know exactly what will do the trick – Independent Music Monday’s Christmas Edition Playlist, featuring a mind-boggling, staggeringly-impressive compilation of holiday tracks from 2020 and the years prior. Included is The Cribs’ festive anthem ‘Christmas (All Year Long)’, which had been previously only made available as a very limited edition flexi disc.


Another favourite of ours to feast your ears upon is Julia Jacklin’s ‘baby jesus is nobody’s baby now’ – check out the video which Jacklin co-directed with Nick Mckk.

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While Dropkick Murphys released their cover of Darlene Love’s festive classic ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),’ Black Puma’s released their take on Lou Rawls’ ‘Christmas Will Really Be Christmas’, as part of Spotify’s exclusive holiday singles.


Looking for a hug? Aren’t we all in 2020. Well Circa Waves described their festive release, ‘Miss Christmas’ as “a warm Christmassy cuddle to tide you over till Covid gets chinned out it’s shoes in 2021.”

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And last but by no means least is the beloved Arlo Parks. The singer-songwriter and poet offered us a distinctively beautiful interpretation of Wham!’s classic hit ‘Last Christmas’ – although you won’t find this track on Independent Music Monday’s playlist, you can hear this Apple exclusive HERE.

And we’ve still got more to offer! If you’re looking for carols and traditional holiday pieces, you will not be disappointed by harmonia mundi’s Classical for Christmas playlist, filled to the brim with uplifting and truly stunning recordings from the likes of Choir of Clare College, Les Arts Florissants, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and Benjamin Alard. LISTEN HERE.


Finally, we leave you with the chance to win our greatest gift to you – music. To be in with a chance of winning 10 [PIAS] Albums from the incredible Love Record Stores’ Albums Of The Year list, selected by Father Christmas, subscribe to our newsletter HERE.


We wish you a happy and safe holiday season. See you in 2021, with so much more incredible music.

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