Grillade – “Just A Sad Christmas”

Ever since Giant Step blogger Rehes introduced us to Grillade in their SXSW adventures, we’ve seen the group move on up in the blogosphere, their video “Dream Of You (Emotionally Yours)” just featured as video of the day on AOL.com, premiered on Okayplayer. Unearthed, adored and reinvented by Grillade, “Just A Sad Christmas” is the groupʼs first official release and is available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital retailers now.

Neither holly nor jolly, the song is a cover, originally performed by Soul Duo and recorded for their second ever 7” single in 1969. Grillade vocalist Ragen Fykes: “‘Sad Christmas’ embodies the soul of Christmas now. It has meat, it has bite. It reflects on the vast majority that are shadowed by Jingle Bells. Not everybody is standing under the mistletoe this year, not everyone is having a Holly Jolly Christmas. Its The christmas song you would never hear, but should hear. It offers a musical release from Grillade, for those in need. Tis the season.”

Grillade – “Just A Sad Christmas”
 

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Rehes Gets Down with Grillade + MP3 Sampler

Sometime around their non-Cali debut in Austin for SXSW, Rehes sat down with another Bay Area group on the rise: Grillade and even brought us an album sampler for download.

Grillade [gree-YAHD] presents the very delicious mixture of Bay Area based rhythm section The Park, San Francisco dwelling producer Keelay, and Portland bred songbird Ragen Fykes.  Some of my favorite artists from the west coast have joined and I just about can’t hold it together any longer.

The group blends soul, hip-hop, and funk with The Park’s trade live band groove that leaves you yearning for more.  And more, and more, and…yeah.

Talent abounds.  Ragen’s voice, while sweet and soothing, still carries a control that lets you know she can be bad as she wanna be.  The Park approaches music with a very natural and communal ideology, making you feel like it’s everyone on stage having a party.  Keelay’s humble genius provides the backbone with tight production that just makes you want to clap your hands, even if it’s Wednesday.

Also, just in knowing these folks as down to Earth as hell and extremely eager to create and grow, I already see the beginnings of an incredible chemistry brewing.

This same chemistry left Ragen feeling herself and raging at one SXSW performance so hard that she might have forgotten who she was for a little second.  Or a long second.  We forgot who we were too – shit.  Homegirl got it in.  I haven’t seen The Park or Keelay get lost in the music like that before either – and I’ve seen those fools hella times.  Explosive.

So how’d these folkers get started anyway?  Like, who?  What?  Where in the frick did they come from and how do they even EXIST?

Answers and MP3 After the Jump

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