In honor of it being the time of year to pretend you love Jesus (if you don't already love him for real), I'm presenting over 45 minutes of (Bible-?) thumping in the form of a gospel house mix:
- Sounds of Blackness - The Pressure Pt. 1 (Classic 12" Mix with Vocal Intro)
- Mariah Carey - Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
- DJ Spen presents Jasper St. Co. - God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves) (Main 12" Mix)
- Viola - He Is Lord (Blancke St. Mix)
- Yolanda Adams - Open My Heart (Silk's Spiritual Workout)
- Kelly G. featuring Sharon Pass - Go Down Moses (Silk's Anthem Pt. 1)
- Ann Nesby - Can I Get a Witness (Mousse T's Funk 2000 Mix)
- Inner City - Pennies From Heaven (Kevin's Tunnel Mix)
- Carolyn Harding & Damon Horton - Sing a Song (M.A.W. Hard Vocal Mix)
- Vernessa Mitchell - Higher (Silk's Original 12" Mix)
- Morel Inc. - Why Not Believe in Him (The Sunday Noon Mix)
This is not an attempt to proselytize -- I'm an ardent agnostic (I have undying faith in possibility). I don't even like real gospel music that much. I do, however, enjoy the fusion of gospel and house because the result is so over-the-top. Making a booming 4/4 as much of a foundation as the Jesus love creates an ecstatic, borderline-surreal effect. It's soulful house taken to its most ardent, most singin', most clappin', most piano-bangin' extreme, a torrent of big women with bigger voices.
Because gospel house is so (here, I'll pick a nice word for you:) intense, I've kept this mix shorter than usual. See, I can be Christlike and merciful, too.
Jesus Is the Reason for the Bumpin' is my Christmas (I mean holiday) gift to you. Sorry, you can't return it, but I figure at least, you probably don't have one of these already.