Oct 29, 2014

The Suite Delight CKUT Funding Drive (October 28, 2014)

There are moments in our lives that define or mark us forever. 

Late one night as a high school teenager, I was scanning the FM radio dial and came across sounds I never imagined I’d hear.  I heard Salt’N’Pepa’s voices on a song I had no knowledge of.  

That moment of discovery taught me the powerful lesson that hip hop don’t stop. The artists I was listening to were continually making music and remixes.  There was a lot more hip hop music than I was already aware.  Unlike some of my other peers, I had no older sibling to pass down some of the latest hip hop music to me.  As much as I wished it, I did not live in New York.  The trips to my Mecca were annual.  I would leave Brooklyn with a few audio cassettes full of music from the radio.  Heaven knows what music was being missed out on while I wasn’t there.  Coincidence or not, I was thankful to have stumbled upon the station and that hip hop in my bedroom that night.  

The next day at school, I told anyone that I felt could benefit from the knowledge that there was a radio station playing hip hop music late at night.  

CKUT is that radio station that I grew up listening to and made me want to do what I do on radio.  

With the exception of recordings from radio stations of my cultural and spiritual home of New York, CKUT is the most influential radio station of my life.    I have spent the last decade or so in preparation for hopefully contributing to CKUT’s tradition of quality programming.  Most of the hip hop songs I grew up listening to, bought for myself when I was old enough and have played on air over the last few years were heard on CKUT.

I achieved my teenage dream of being a member of CKUT’s roster in February 2013.  In mid-May, the station celebrated 25 years of being a vessel for education, information, enlightenment and entertainment in Montreal at La Sala Rosa. I was able to attend the festivities very early in the night.   

As I was surrounded by local peer record vendors, collectors and colleagues, I noticed that CKUT is the station most visible at the 2012 Puces Pop Record Fair.   I was most visible in a CKUT t-shirt at the 2013 Puces Pop Record Fair.

Coincidence or not, I now offer my Suite Delight  blog to CKUT as a vessel to further educate, inform, enlighten and entertain Montreal. 

It is my way of giving back to the station that in part made me who and what I am.  

CKUT is in the midst of its 2014 Funding Drive until November 2, 2014. 

Please help support Montreal's university radio station that continues to support Montreal.

If you haven't already, please make yourself familiar with the link below for more of your favorite show and mine.

The Suite Delight October 28 playlist fell in the middle of the 2014 CKUT Funding Drive. Please donate generously at the CKUT funding drive pledge page

To do something special for this year's funding drive programming, The Suite Delight received Thes Finesse as its first CKUT guest selector. 

Tune in to CKUT on Tuesday mornings from 1am-2am E.S.T.   

Below are the 2014 & 2013 CKUT Funding Drive podcasts to bring you up to speed.  

Click here to download more.

The Suite Delight - 2014 CKUT Funding Drive Podcast Playlist:

1. Group Home - Suspended In Time
2. Nas - Memory Lane
3. De La Soul - Itzsoweezee (Hot)
4. Cappadonna - Everything is Everything
5. The Notorious B.I.G. - Everyday Struggle
6. Dr. Dre - Little Ghetto Boy
7. Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
The Suite Delight 2013 CKUT Funding Drive Podcast Playlist:

1. Salt-N-Pepa – Get Up Everybody

2. DJ Kayslay – Untouchables feat. Prodigy & Raekwon
3. D-Shade - The World We're In 2(Simahlak Mix) feat. Buckshot And Blurum 13
4. Kanye West - Classic (DJ Premier Remix)featuring Nas, KRS-One and Rakim
5. EPMD – The Big Payback
6. Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics - A Day In The Life featuring Sadat X & Lord Jamar 
7. Masta Ace and Edo G - Good Music featuring Posdnuos & Light
8. The Beatnuts – Se A Cabo (Remix) featuring Method Man
9. Shad + Skratch Bastid – Homie featuring Cadence Weapon


Oct 24, 2014

Def Jam Recordings Tribute

The first hip hop album I ever bought on my first solo trip to downtown Montreal was a Def Jam release. For them to be among my Twitter followers today is an honor I would never have dreamed.

A few days ago while trying to prepare my playlist for the podcast below, I browsed online looking for some form of inspiration to hit me.

I stumbled across word of Def Jam Recordings label celebrating 30 years.  I naturally grabbed an hour's worth of Def Jam classics and presented some of them on The Suite Delight.

Thank you and congratulations to Def Jam for defining hip hop music and culture for 30 years.

Thank you for checking out The Suite Delight Def Jam Recordings Tribute.

Visit the Mixcloud page to listen and the Podomatic site to download them and more.

The Suite Delight - 2014-10-21 Playlist:

1. Ghostface Killah - Daytona 500 featuring  Raekwon & Cappadonna
2. Nice & Smooth - The Sky's The Limit
3. Davy DMX - One For The Treble
4. EPMD - Give The People (Erick & Parrish Remix)
5. Slick Rick - It's A Boy (Remix)
6. Nikki D - Hang On Kid
7. Nas - Memory Lane 
8. Public Enemy - Can't Truss It
9. Jay-Z - Sunshine featuring Babyface & Foxy Brown 
10. Redman ‎– It's Like That (My Big Brother) featuring K-Solo
11. LL Cool J ‎– To Da Break Of Dawn
12. 3rd Bass - Product Of The Environment (Project Remix)
13. Method Man - The Riddler

Oct 22, 2014

John Holt

I was looking online for inspiration for my Suite Delight playlist earlier this week only to find disappointing news. 

Through some browsing a blog I visit primarily for hip hop I discovered that Jamaican music legend John Holt died a few days ago.

I bought a 2LP reggae compilation called Reggae Going International from the Pop Montreal record fair weeks ago which included Holt's Stick by Me.

Two of my go-to compilations, Paul Weller's Under the Influence and the iconic Norman & Joey Jay Good Times, have Ali Baba on them.  The fact that the compilers are from the United Kingdom doesn't escape me. 

The fact that John Holt covered The Bee Gees' Morning of My Life proves to me that the respect was mutual.  Funny enough I was convinced Morning of My Life was Holt's composition until I checked the song writing credits.  Holt's version was the only one I had heard until my Bee Gees blitz of recent years.

Speaking of checking song writing credits, Blondie's The Tide Is High was written and performed by John Holt in the 1960s.  No wonder parents and family friends loved that song so much!

On the Friday before his death, I unsealed the Reggae Going International compilation (earlier than I originally planned) and played Stick by Me during the weekly mix down session at Montreal’s Death of Vinyl record store.  That was the first song I ever played from the package and unknown to me it was somewhat in memoriam to the man.

 RIP John Holt and thank you for the timeless music that crossed generational lines.

Oct 20, 2014


I remember learning of Punchline through the colossal Lyricist Lounge: Volume One compilation on Rawkus.

If you have ever owned, seen or held the vinyl release of the first Lyricist Lounge, you know that the word colossal is not an understatement. I almost couldn’t believe it was 4 vinyls deep but considering the amount of music packed onto the 2CDs, it stood to reason.

Among the handful of tracks that I always remembered from the compilation, Punchline caught my attention with Da Cipher.

In the early 2000s when I was barely keeping my ear to the ground as far as hip hop music was concerned, I checked for what most of the underground MCs I learned of from the Rawkus label and Lyricist Lounge compilations were doing. Punchline was among those I checked for when I could.

I was happy to learn of the Punchline & DJ Soulclap music. The songs I’ve heard are among my favorite and best hip hop I’ve heard in the last few years. 


I plan to pack more Punchline onto The Suite Delight playlists in the upcoming weeks.

Oct 19, 2014

Mayer Hawthorne

Just Ain't Gonna Work Out snuck up on everyone.

The melancholy melody was sung by most people anytime they heard the song.

The video is bittersweet, just like the song. The black & white video is one of the more memorable videos I've seen in a long time.


A tour of Stones Throw artists came to Montreal in April 2009 and Mayer was among the acts.

I had a great night but the only downside was not getting a red, heart shaped vinyl of my own.

Cartoon Gal from The Onomatopoeia Show put me on to his song Hooked from his album How Do You Do  It very well is now my favorite Mayer Hawthorne song.

More Mayer please.

Oct 18, 2014

DJ Solespin @ Puces Pop Record Fair (September 20, 2014)

The Puces POP Record Fair provides me with yet another avenue for crate digging. I have no doubt 2014 will be just as good to me especially since I have a DJ set on September 20 from 2:30pm to 6pm at 405 rue Fairmount Ouest, Montréal.  

Visit the Pop Montreal Record Fair Facebook page for more event information.

It should come as no surprise that I love record fairs and conventions.

The excitement of finding records long sought-after or discovering that could end up being precious to my person are sensations I revel in.

The Puces Pop Record Fair is always a source of wonder, delight and music for me.

Crate-diggers, music connoisseurs and collectors, record store owners, various vendors and passersby alike congregate at the church every year for Pop Montreal weekend.

Music in most of its various formats, LPs, CDs and audio cassettes are sold, bought and celebrated.

Truth be told, I look forward to it most at Pop Montreal time. Whatever showcases or performances I catch can be either secondary or an afterthought. 

During that particular weekend, I was asked to fill in for CKUT’s The Goods.Considering that I would check out the Puces Pop Record Fair, I decided to play vintage 1960s & 1970s rock, soul, jazz, funk and reggae in honor of the church crate-digging craziness.

A good number of records played on that show were bought at Puces Pop Record Fair.It is my way of giving back to the cultural institution and festival that is Pop Montreal.

I learned that I would miss the Montreal Autumn Record Convention while I would be at CMJ.

I also learned that unlike the two years prior that I've been at CMJ, there would be no WFMU Record Fair for me to scavenge.

When I think back to the Puces POP Record Fair, I have fond memories of that Saturday afternoon. I found some interesting records and didn't go too far over-budget.

Thanks to the organizers and vendors for the great time at Puces Pop.

DJ Solespin - 2014 Puces Pop Record Fair DJ Set (Part 1)

k-os - The Bed's Too Big Without You
Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping
Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 That's My Number
The Ethiopians - The Whip
Shinehead - Billie Jean
D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
N'Dea Davenport - Whatever You Want
Will.I.Am ‎– Lay Me Down
TLC - Creep
J Dilla- Think Twice
Jamie Myerson - Unity Gain
Dead Prez - Hip Hop
Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day (Remix)
Reflection Eternal - Fortified Live
Black Sheep - Flavor of the Month
Gang Starr - Jazz Thing
Black Moon - Who Got The Props
Jungle Brothers - Jimbrowski
Funkdoobiest - Doobie To The Head
House of Pain - Jump Around
Greenwood Rhythm Coalition - Tabaco y Ron (TM Juke & Jack Baker Trio Rework)
DJ Food - Dub Lion
Banbarra - Shack Up (Part 1)
Marvin Gaye - T Plays It Cool
The Budos Band - Budos Rising
Soho - Hot Music
DJ Solespin - 2014 Puces Pop Record Fair DJ Set (Part 2) 

NRBQ - Rocket Number 9
Johnny Winter And - Jumping Jack Flash
Jack Bruce - Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune
Jesse Gresham Plus 3 - Shootin' The Grease
Mashmakhan - As Years Go By
Super Eagles - Love is a Real Thing
Wilson Pickett - I'm A Midnight Mover
Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
sam & Dave - I Thank You
Little Royal - Razor Blade
Genya Ravan - What Kind of Man Are You
The Commodores - Don't You Be Worried
Muddy Waters - Let's Spend The Night Together
The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today
The Shocking Blue - Venus
The Byrds - Jesus Is Just Alright
All The People - Cramp Your Style
African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
Miles Davis - Spanish Key
The Flock - Tired of Waiting For You
Three Dog Night - I Can Hear You Calling
Johnny Jenkins - I Walk on Guilded Splinters
Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About A Mover
The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
Ray Charles & Milt Jackson - Hallejuah I Love Her So
David Clayton-Thomas - Magnificent Sanctuary Band
Merry Clayton - Southern Man
Donovan - Get Thy Bearings
Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson & Clover
The Supremes - Come Together
Al Green - So You're Leaving