“This is the official soundtrack to your post-apocalyptic holiday season.”
It’s that time of the year again. Mad Decent, Diplo’s massively successful label, has released the fourth edition of it’s yearly holiday compilation: ‘A Very Decent Christmas.’
Ambiguously speaking, these albums consist of Christmas themed music from the label’s signees, whether it be new material, or old material that has been edited to fit the holiday spirit. In 2013 the debut edition of the compilation was released, best remembered for tracks such as “Bird Machine – Jingle Bells Version,” of which the DJ Snake & Alesia hit was re-released, replacing the song’s melody with that of Jingle Bells. 2014’s compilation consisted of trap bangers such as “The Nutcracka,” by Davoodi and “Troll the Halls,” by Aquadrop. The 2015 version, best found on SoundCloud, went more away from the theme, and consisted of Mad Decent material from the year.
This year’s edition, available on Spotify, Apple Music, and others, is highlighted by the ample amounts of new, original material. The first track, “Christmas Trees (feat. Proteje),” is a fully fledged new song by Major Lazer that will likely go down as the highlight of the album. While the song maintains the reggae/dancehall vibe fused with current electronic sounds that fans have come to expect from the trio, it has the potential to become a Christmas classic, played both on personal playlists and Macy’s shopping playlists alike.
“Gungla The Snowman,” by Nonsens is another compilation highlight, a banger with the unmistakable sound of a Mad Decent release, complete with the melody from “Frosty the Snowman.” “Mrs. Claus,” is another outstanding original production, produced by Bad Royale featuring rap by Jay Nahge. The album closes with an electronic version of Up On The Housetop, produced by DJ Douggpound, complete with the trap drums, vocal chops, and gunshot sound effects we’re looking for.
Perhaps the most exciting Christmas albums of this decade, the Very Decent Christmas Compilation is now cemented as a yearly tradition. In the former half of 2013, it would be absurd to think of a Mad Decent Christmas compilation. Yet, here we are in 2016, with four full compilations.