As we prepare to wrap up and put a bow on 2015, we can't help but recall the great new artists that we've come to enjoy this year. Houston-based ensemble Six Minutes 'til Sunrise fits neatly into this category as we've been digging them since we first heard their maxi-single The Dawning back in May. Featuring smooth harmonies and chilled rhythms, the impressive teaser got us primed and ready for more hotness from the R&B trio. Thankfully, Tanika Keys, Ron John and Shawn Taylor have delivered a little something for the holidays with Merry Christmas: A Gift from VI.
The seasonal project includes two original tracks and a jazzy cover of a Christmas classic. "Snowflakes" is a mellow ballad with fluid harmonies, festive synth and catchy finger snaps. Meanwhile, "Merry Christmas Darlin'" is a festive slow jam that will have you body-rolling and chuckling ("I asked for 10 carats, then yo' ass went to Jared's."). And their incredible rendition of Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Christmas Time Is Here" will give you chills. Preview the latter two selections below, then head to Bandcamp to purchase Merry Christmas: A Gift from VI for your holiday playlist.