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It’s probably up there with Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘The Power of Love’ in the ‘it’s not even a Christmas song’ stakes but East 17’s purposely tacked on church bells managed to fool the world back in 1994. Ever since then it has become a staple of the Christmas season rearing its not so ugly head every December. I’ve always had a soft spot for it but then I guess the auld tasteometer often gets bogged down by frostbite at this time of year. James Chapman (Maps) is also a fan, so much so that he has recorded a cover of ‘Stay Another Day’ in his own uniquely electro way. It’s been a good year for Maps and ‘Sparks In The Snow’ (which was a b-side to the ‘Lost My Soul’ single) just shows why Chapman’s next album has the potential to be truly magical. Chapman’s creations may have synthetic origins but the cathedral of noise that often emerges is so overwhelming only those with a robotic heart could fail to be moved. KD
Maps – Sparks In The Snow