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Sudbury musician dadbOdd, British hip-hop artist team up to explore painful side of holidays

Their track, which drops Dec. 11, is called ‘Don’t Need That for Christmas’
Local musician dadbOdd (a.k.a Malik Miron). (Supplied)

Sudbury producer and songwriter “dadbOdd” (a.k.a Malik Miron) has collaborated with British hip hop artist “Gimson” on an alternative Christmas track, raising money for the homeless in Britain.

The two artists met in a Music Marketing Community called “Damian Keyes Music - Marketing Academy.”

After months of discussing music and offering feedback on release strategies and content creation, the two bearded men decided to work together on a Christmas song with a spin to it.

“Don’t Need That For Christmas” or “DNTFX” (for short) is a Christmas track for people who have become disenfranchised with the magic of Christmas.

“This isn’t an anti-Christmas song or a song trying to make you feel sad, this song is to say ‘I see you,’” said Gimson.

Miron and Gimson have also created a limited run of “DNTFX” hoodies to sell as part of the song promotion and all proceeds will be donated to a local homeless shelter in Gimson’s home town of Bath, UK called Julian House. 

The two artists hope to collaborate again in the future, at which time they’ll fundraise for Greater Sudbury organizations.

“The entire idea behind this release is to remind people that Christmas isn’t magical for all,” Miron said. “There are people out there who find this holiday extremely difficult. We want to make sure that they are represented and that they know that they are not alone.”

“Don’t Need That For Christmas” is a dark Hip Hop track with deep 808’s and atmospheric synth pads along with the traditional Christmas jingle bells to make up a haunting soundtrack for the story of two men who have nothing but pain to look forward to over the Holidays. 

The beat and flows on this track show similarities to artists such as Slowthai and Mike Skinner from The Streets.

“Don’t Need That For Christmas” will be released on all streaming sites Dec. 11, and the official music video will drop Dec. 17.