New Release Premiere: Alessi’s Ark – Winter’s Grace / It’s Brixmaaaaas

South London’s much celebrated underground music scene is set to come together this Winter, with their mini-album of original Christmas songs, It’s Brixmaaaaas, in support of Brixton’s Soup Kitchen

It’s Brixmaaaaas features contributions from Black Midi & Jerskin Fendrix, Ham Legion, Bad Parents, Scud FM, Alessi’s Ark and Hot Sauce Pony, and is released on the Brixton Hillbilly label on December 7th

Today, we’re delighted and honoured to bring you the premiere of the beautiful Alessi’s Ark track, titled Winter’s Grace – take a listen below…

The album is the brainchild of Stephen Gilchrist, a seasoned session drummer for the likes of Graham Coxon and The Damned, bassist with Hot Sauce Pony and owner of Brixton Hill Studios where all the bands rehearse or record. Situated a couple of doors up Brixton Hill from the Windmill venue, the studio is a lynch pin of the Brixton music scene, and Stephen felt it was time for local musicians to support the work of Brixton Soup Kitchen, which has been helping the area’s homeless since 2003

“Considering this is becoming one of the richest boroughs in the country,” Gilchrist said: “it’s very upsetting to think that we still need soup kitchens and food banks”

Though differing in style and mood, from the emotion-drenched Black Midi / Jerskin Fendrix collaboration Ice Cream and solemn sounding Christmas In Prison by Hot Sauce Pony, to the playful and irresistibly catchy Christmas Present by Bad Parents, the six tracks are unified by their heartfelt and un-ironic embrace of the Christmas song as an entity

Tracklisting as follows…

Ice Cream – Black Fendrix Jersk Midi
Winter’s Grace – Alessi’s Ark
We’d Better Start Dinner – Ham Legion
Christmas Present – Bad Parents
Christmas Crime – Scud FM
Christmas In Prison – Hot Sauce Pony

Brixton Soup Kitchen have been providing a much needed service in their local community since 2013. As well as providing hot lunches to people in need, they have built up an amazing community hub providing food and clothing banks, legal advice as well as help with housing and finding employment

Go to www.thegenepool.co.uk/BrixtonHillbilly for the pre-order for Vinyl and CD