May 26, 2015

DJ Solespin Fills In For CKUT's The Goods (May 31, 2015)



I got the call to fill in for CKUT 90.3FM's The Goods on May 31 from 2pm-4pm E.S.T.

The playlists I created for The Goods are available below.  

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DJ Solespin - The Goods (March 2015) Playlist:

1. 3rd Bass - Derelicts of Dialect
2. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - I Gotta Have It
3. Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Funky Technician
4. Superlover Cee & Casanova Rud - Do The James
5. Antoinette - I Got An Attitude
6. Brand Nubian - Slow Down
7. Reflection Eternal - Fortified Live
8. Chubb Rock with Howie Tee - Mr. Nobody is Somebody Now
9. EPMD - Chill
10. The Fugees - Ready Or Not
11. Chill Rob G - Let Me Show You (Remix)
12. Poor Righteous Teachers - Time To Say Peace
13. Def Jef - On The Real Tip
14. Steady B - On The Real Tip
15. Dream Warriors & Gang Starr - I've Lost My Ignorance (Remix)
16. Artifacts - Wrong Side of The Tracks
17. Black Moon - How Many MC's
18. The Pharcyde - Passing Me By (Brixton Flavor)
19. The Beatnuts - Props Over Here
20. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - One In A Million
21. A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (We've Got)
22. Souls of Mischief - Never No More
23. Black Sheep - Flavor of The Month
24. House of Pain - Word Is Bond (Remix)
25. Gang Starr - Gotta Get Over (Large Professor Remix)
26. Common - Resurrection (Large Professor Remix)

 
DJ Solespin - The Goods (February 2015) Playlist:

1. The Magic Disco Machine -Scratchin’ (Strut)
2. Juice – Catch a Groove (Strut)
3. Esther Williams – Last Night Changed It All (I Really Had A Ball) (Strut)
4. B.T. Express – This House Is Smokin’ (Scepter)
5. The Mighty Imperials featuring Joseph Henry – Joseph’s Popcorn (Daptone)
6. Rick James – Give It To Me Baby (Gordy)
7. Cameo – I Just Want To Be (Chocolate City)
8. Eddy Grant – Walking on Sunshine (Columbia)
9. One Way – Give Me One More Chance (MCA)
10. Mizellstory – N Our Time (Blue Note)
11. Gino Vannelli – People Gotta Move (A&M)
12. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Sunshower (RCA)
13. Zapp- Doo Wa Ditty (Warner Brothers)
14. Serge Gainsbourg – Javanaise Remake (Mercury)
15. Tenor Saw – Roll Call (Blue Mountain)
16. Shinehead – Know How Fi Chat (Elektra)
17. The Brothers Johnson- The Devil (A&M)
18. Davina- Come Over to My Place (Loud)
19. D’Angelo- Brown Sugar (DMC)
20. Miguel- Adorn (RCA)
21. Prince- Sign “O” The Times (Paisley Park)
22. Creative Source- You Can’t Hide Love (Sussex)
23. Claudia Barry – Love For The Sake of Love (London)
24. Leon Haywood- I Want To Do Something Freaky To You (Harmless)
25. Idris Muhammed- Crab Apple (Kudu)

DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2014) Playlist:

1. Disclosure - Latch (G. Duppy Reggae Remix) feat. Sam Smith
2. Pharrell - Happy (Cousin Cole Reggae Remix)
3. Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm
4. Garnett Silk - It's Growing
5. Beres Hammond - Move Along
6. Jacob Miller & Inner Circle -None Shall Escape The Judgement
7. The Clash - Guns of Brixton
8. Main Source - Just Hangin' Out (Your Hood Remix)
9. Brand Nubian - Word is Bond
10. Fatlip - Today's Your Day 
11. Michie Mee & L.A. Luv - On This Mic
12. MC Lyte - Cha Cha Cha
13. Brother Ali - Take Me Home
14. Wyclef Jean - Wish You Were Here
15. Mayer Hawthorne - Shiny & New
16. Stevie Wonder - Rocket Love
17. Elton John - Little Jeannie
18. The Bar-Kays - Anticipation
19. Earth, Wind & Fire - Love's Holiday
20. Earth, Wind & Fire - Reasons
21. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am
22. Nikka Costa - Like A Feather
23. Jully Black - 5X Love
24. Groove Theory - Tell Me
25. Mary J. Blige - Love No Limit (Remix)
26. The Blackbyrds - Mysterious Vibes
27. Isaac Hayes - Do Your Thing

DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2014) Playlist:

1. The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts)
2. Mike Curb Congregation - Burning Bridges
3. Marlena Shaw - California Soul
4. Erma Franklin - Son of a Preacher Man
5. Cannonball Adderley - African Waltz
6. Mongo Santamaria - Green Onions
7. Lee Dorsey - A Lover Was Born
8. The Isley Brothers - I Turned You On
9. The Delfonics - Ready Or Not
10. The Delfonics - Trying To Make A Fool Of Me
11. Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Come See About Me
12. Solomon Burke - Cry To Me
13. Jean Walls - Have A Little Mercy
14. Al Brown - Here I Am Baby
15. Leroy Sibbles - Express Yourself
16. Norma Fraser - Respect
17. Eugene Paul - Frankie & Johnny
18. Jimmy London - Suspicion
19. Bill Doggett - Honky Tonk
20. Howling Wolf - Back Door Man
21. Ray Charles - Night Time
22. Champion Jack Dupree - Frankie & Johnny
23. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me
24. The Detroit Emeralds - Baby Let Me Take You
25. Bobby & Jimmy Purify - I'm Your Puppet
26. Aretha Franklin - The Weight
27. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
28. Wilson Pickett - I Found A Love, 1
29. Wilson Pickett - I Found A Love, 2
30. Wilson Pickett - Jealous Love
31. Percy Sledge - It Tears Me Up
32. Galt McDermot - Coffee Cold
33. Stevie Wonder - Hey Love
34. The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You

DJ Solespin - The Goods (November 2014) Playlist:

1. Thes One & Raashan Ahmad - Doin' It
2. Marco Polo  - Nostalgia featuring Masta Ace
3. Madvillain - America's Most Blunted 
4. Litte Shawn - Hickeys on your Chest
5. Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo - Butcher Shop
6. Cash Money & Marvelous - Ugly People Be Quiet (Remix)  
7. Just-Ice - Cold Gettin' Dumb 
8. Stezo - Crazy Noise 
9. Chubb Rock with Howie Tee - Talkin' Loud, Ain't Sayin' Jack 
10. The Roots - Right On 
11. Original Concept - Knowledge Me 
12. Sir-Mix-A-Lot - Posse On Broadway 
13. The Clash - Bankrobber 
14. Mikey Dread - Break Down The Walls 
15. Da'Ville - Mirrors 
16. Rahsaan Patterson - Do You Feel The Way I Do 
17. Donnie - Classifieds 
18. The Isley Brothers - Work to Do 
19. Sly & The Family Stone - Let Me Have It All 
20. Average White Band - I'm The One 
21. Rick James - Mary Jane
22. DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah - Make It Last 
23. Donny Hathaway - What's Going On (Live)

DJ Solespin - The Goods (July 2014) Playlist:

1. Damian Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
2. Koushik – Be With
3. Washed Out – Feel It All Around
4. The System – Don’t Disturb This Groove
5. Loose Ends – Hanging On A String
6. Erykah Badu – Bag Lady
7. Feist – Mushaboom (K-os Mix)
8. D’Angelo – Feel Like Makin’ Love
9. Mark De Clive Lowe – Restless
10. Marley Marl – Hummin’ feat. Roy Ayers
11. Charles Bradley – Heart of Gold
12. DJ Spinna – Surely
13. The Pharcyde – Drop
14. Masta Ace Incorporated – The I.N.C. Ride
15. Busta Rhymes – Turn It Up
16. De La Soul – Plug Tunin’
17. Nice & Smooth – No Delayin’
18. MC Tee & Lord Tasheem – Gangster Nine
19. Gang Starr – Code of the Streets
20. Pete Rock – Back on the Block featuring C.L. Smooth
21. Souls of Mischief – Make Your Mind Up (Rock On Mix)
22. Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
23. Digable Planets – 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
24. Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew – Everybody Loves A Star
25. MF Doom – Dead Bent

DJ Solespin - The Goods (April 2014) Playlist:

1. Aries: Planetary Motivations 
2. Black Heat - Love The Life You Live
3. The Ohio Players - Walt's First Trip
4. African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
5. Dyke & The Blazers - Let A Woman Be A Woman
6. All The People - Cramp Your Style
7. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Fire Weaver
8. The Blackbyrds - Blackbyrds Theme
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Try Me
10. Paul Simon - Mother & Child Reunion
11. Greyhound - Black & White
12. Jackie Mittoo - Toronto Express
13. Ken Boothe - Look What You've Done To Me
14. Delroy Wilson - Ain't That Peculiar
15. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
16. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites
17. Tomorrow's Children - Sister Big Stuff
18. The Bar-Kays - In The Hole
19. Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
20. The 5 Stairsteps - Dear Prudence
21. The Band - Up On Cripple Creek
22. Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
23. Gene Chandler - Groovy Situation 
24. Q65 - Get Out of My Life Woman
25. Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Gettin' Nasty
26. Clarence Reid - Masterpiece (Kenny Dope Edit)
27. Bo Diddley - Hit Or Miss
28. The Headhunters - God Made Me Funky
29. Richie Havens - Handouts In The Rain
30. Bill Withers - Kissing My Love
31. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - I Second That Emotion 

In honor of International Women's Day, I dedicated the playlist to my muse.
DJ Solespin - The Goods (March 2014) Playlist:

1. Teena Marie - Square Biz
2. Stephanie Mills - Pilot Error
3. Howard Johnson - So Fine
4. Babyface - It's No Crime
5. Entouch - II Hype
6. Christopher Williams - Every Little Thing U Do (Dawghouse Mix)
7. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You
8. Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You
9. Womack & Womack - Baby I'm Scared Of You
10. Tara Kemp - Hold You Tight
11. After 7 - Can't Stop
12. Mtume - Juicy Fruit
13. Debarge - Stay With Me
14. Al B. Sure! - Night & Day
15. Tamia - So Into You
16. Troop - Spread My Wings
17. Groove Theory - Tell Me (6 Karat Hip Hop Mix)
18. Monica - Before You Walk Out of My Life (Pete Rock Remix)
19. Davina - So Good (Remix) feat. Raekwon The Chef
20. N'Dea Davenport - Bring It On (Premier & The Guru Mix)
21. Trey Lorenz - Photograph of Mary (Kenlou B-Boy Mix)
22. Club Nouveau - Lean On Me
23. J.C. Lodge - Someone Loves You Honey




DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2013) Playlist:

1. Dave Cortez & The Moon People – Happy Soul (w/a Hook)
2. Ike Turner's Kings Of Rhythm – Funky Mule
3. Bo Diddley ‎– The Shape I'm In
4. Merry Clayton - Gimme Shelter
5. Harmonica Paul ‎– Motherless Child
6. Ramsey Lewis ‎– Mighty Quinn
7. Lonnie Mack - Memphis
8. The George Benson Quartet ‎– Benson's Rider
9. Clarence Carter - Snatching It Back
10. James Brown ‎– Nose Job
11. Five Stairsteps & Cubie ‎– We Must Be In Love
12. David McCallum - The Edge
13. Dyke & The Blazers ‎– You Are My Sunshine
14. Otis Redding - You Left The Water Running
15. Johnnie Taylor - Love Bones
16. The Staples Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
17. Wilson Pickett - Take That Pollution Out Your Throat
18. Robert Palmer - Pressure Drop
19. Ken Boothe - My Love
20. Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
21. The Illusion - Together
22. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
23. Patrice Rushen - Givin' It Up Is Givin' Up
24. Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
25. Buddy Miles - Down By The River
26. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
27. Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial Blues

DJ Solespin - The Goods (June 2013) Playlist:

1. Bill Cosby - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Traffic - Heaven Is In Your Mind
3. Allen Toussaint - Sweet Touch Of Love
4. The Meters - Hey Pocky A-Way
5. Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe - Todo Tiene Su Final
6. Wilson Pickett – Bumble Bee (Sting Me)
7. Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters - From The Love Side
8. Erma Franklin - Hold On, I'm Comin'
9. Cyril Neville - Gossip
10. Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You
11. Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
12. DJ Catalist - Hot Witness
13. Ken Boothe - Live Good
14. Horace Andy - Fever
15. Miike Snow - Animal (Mark Ronson Extended Dub Remix)
16. John Holt - Holly Holy
17. Toots & The Maytals - Redemption Song
18. Toots & The Maytals - Reggae Got Soul
19. George Faith - All The Love I've Got
20. Roots Manuva - Again & Again
21. The Beatnuts - Turn It Out feat. Greg Nice
22. Diamond D - Gather Round
23. INI - Props
24. Taj Mahal - Corinna
25. Taj Mahal - Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
26. Bruce Cockburn - Wondering Where The Lions Are
27. Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You For Talking To Me Africa
28. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Band - Your Love (Means Everything To Me)
29. James Brown - Your Love



DJ Solespin - The Goods (January 2013) Playlist:

1. Junior Walker & the Allstars - Cleo's Mood
2. Tommy Roe - Dizzy
3. Gary Wright - Love is alive
4. Johnny guitar watson - Lover Jones
5. James Brown - Make It Funky, Pt. 1
6. Ramsey Lewis - Back To The Roots
7. The Chris Hinze Combination - Bamboo Magic
8. Mandrill - DON'T MESS WITH PEOPLE
9. The Shocking Blue - Love Machine
10. Grootna - I'm Funky
11. Freddie Scott - You Got What I Need
12. Buddy Miles Express - Train
13. THE EQUALS - The Skies Above
14. Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield - Stop!
15. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity - Why (Am I treated so bad)
16. Willie Bobo & The Bo - Gents - Come Together
17. Lee Michaels - Do You Know What I Mean
18. Barrabas - Children
19. Day Break - Everything Man
20. Rufus With Chaka Khan - Swing Down Chariot
21. The Flaming Ember - Spinning wheel
22. The Electric Flag - Groovin' Is Easy
23. James Last - I am I said
24. Nancy Sinatra - Fridays Child
25. Percy Sledge - Love Me Tender
26. William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover
27. Gino Vannelli - The Wheels of Life
28. Bobby Bryant - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
29. Ocean - Put Your Hand In The Hand
30. The bee gees - Marley Purt Drive
31. Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart





DJ Solespin - The Goods (December 2012) Playlist: 

1. The Jackson 5 - It's Great To Be Here
2. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - Tramp
3. Marvin Gaye - T Plays It Cool
4. The Budos Band - Budos Rising
5. Charles Bradley - Golden Rule
6. Lee Fields - Money Is King
7. AYB M.O.D. - Turn Back The Clock
8. M.C. Solaar - Nouveau Western
9. Prince & The Revolution - Pop Life
10. Chuck Stanley - The Finer Things In Life
11. Maxwell - Ascension
12. Esperanza Spalding - I Can't Help It
13. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - A Chance For Peace
14. DJ Sun - Marks On The Keys
15. The Chimes - True Love (Extended)
16. Sybil - Don't Make Me Over
17. Will.i.am feat. Julie Dexter - Lay Me Down
18. Thievery Corporation - Until The Morning (Rewound by Thievery Corporation)
19. Material - Let Me Have It All
20. Landslide feat. Ernesto - Solitary (Simple Time Mix)
21. Rosey - Love (King Britt Remix)
22. The Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (The Ummah Remix)
23. Foxy - Madamoiselle
24. K-os - Heaven Only Knows (West Coast Mix)
25. Main Source - Scratch & Kut



DJ Solespin - The Goods (Puces Pop Record Fair Edition 2012) Playlist:

1. NRBQ - Rocket number 9
2. Mongo Santamaria - Cloud Nine
3. Edwin Starr - Time
4. Junior Walker & the Allstars - Pucker Up Buttercup
5. Chairmen Of The Board - Pay To The Piper
6. The Freedom Sounds feat. Wayne Henderson - R.E.S.P.E.C.T
7. Boobie knight & the soulciety - Soul Ain't No New Thing
8. Eddie Kendricks - Date with the rain
9. The Hitch - Hikers feat. The Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune
10. Young Holt Unlimited - Funky Is As Funky Does
11. Colosseum - Elegy
12. Joe Bataan - Chick-a-Boom
13. Johnnie Taylor - I Could Never Be President
14. The Spinners - My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
15. Hugh Masekela - Mago
16. Bob Dylan - Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
17. Bobbie Gentry - Mississippi Delta
18. Wilson Pickett - Mercy Mercy
19. Cannibal & The Headhunters - Land Of 1000 Dances
20. Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
21. Otis Redding - Don’t Mess With Cupid
22. Mongo Santamaria - Spinning wheel
23. Paul Anka - It doesn’t matter anymore
24. The Cougars - Right On
25. Titanic - Something on my mind
26. Madeleine Chartrand - Ani Kuni
27. Stevie Wonder - Don’t Know Why I Love You
28. Nina Simone - To Love Somebody
29. The New Birth - Honeybee
30. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Sweet City Woman
31. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Groovy Situation
32. Dave & Ansil Collins - Double barrel
33. Big Youth - Hit The Road Jack
34. MAX ROMEO - Seasons In The Sun

DJ Solespin - The Goods (March 2012) Playlist:

1. Bongo Rock - The Incredible Bongo Band
2. Back in the USSR - Ramsey Lewis
3. Scorpio - Dennis Coffey
4. Things Have Got To Get Better - Marva Whitney
5. Light My Fire - Erma Franklin
6. Don't Mess with The Messer - Koko Taylor
7. Beggin’ - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
8. Indian Ropeman - Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity
9. Peint En Noir - Nanette
10. Send Me a Postcard - The Shocking Blue
11. I Got A Line On You - Spirit
12. The Kids are Alright - The Last Words
13. Over, Under, Sideways, Down - The Yardbirds
14. If I Were Only A Child Again - Curtis Mayfield
15. Monkey time - Bobby Jay & The Hawks
16. Something You Got - Wilson Pickett
17. Suzanne - Nina Simone
18. Footin' it - George Benson
19. Hey Joe - King Curtis
20. Games People Play - Joe South
21. Sweet Inspiration - King Curtis
22. Baby While You're Young - Andy Kim
23. Sneakin in the back - Tom scott & the l.a. express
24. I keep asking you questions - Black Ivory
25. Reasons - Minnie Riperton
26. Mr. Muhammed - A Tribe Called Quest
27. Give the people what they want - Vicious Beat Posse
28. Somethin' That Means Somethin' - The Pharcyde
29. Just Hangin Out - Main source
30. Build - Diverse
31. Religious - Musiq
32. Dub Be Good To Me - Beats International
33. Wishing On A Star - Fresh 4

The GOODS PRESENTS DJ Solespin Aug 1st 2010 Playlist:

1.Mandrill - Fencewalk
2.The Staple Singers - For What It's Worth
3.James Brown - Ain't it Funky Now
4.Wilson Pickett - Knock on Wood
5.The Byrds - My Back Pages
6.The Shocking Blue - Venus
7.Tamiko Jones - Black is Black
8.The Super Eagles - Love Is a Real Thing
9.The Nite-Liters - Horny Man
10.King Curtis - Teasin'
11.United 8 - Get Uptown (To get Down)
12.Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - Apache
13.The Equals - Laurel & Hardy
14.Webert Sicot & Thoray All-Stars - Chaffeur Automobile
15.De La Soul - Say No Go
16.T Connection - Do What You Wanna Do
17.Ramsey Lewis - Spring High
18.James Brown - Body Heat
19.The B-52's - Mesopotamia (Danny Krivit Edit)
20.Mark Ronson - Stop Me Medley
21.Madlib - Distant Bounce
22.B.T. Express - Everything Good To You
23.Kym Sims - Too Blind To See It (Hurley's House Mix)
24.Jomanda - Make My Body Rock
25.The Jungle Bros. - I'll House You
26.Tok - Unknown Language
27.Lee Scratch Perry - Party Time
28.The Ohio Players - Find Someone to Love
29.Aretha Franklin - Think
30.George McRae - Rock Your Baby

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - The Main Ingredient



I’ll admit to being slightly harsh in my critique of The Main Ingredient when it dropped.

I guess you never forget your first. I felt Mecca & The Soul Brother would be tough to beat even for them.

I almost felt like they let themselves and me down with The Main Ingredient.

It wasn’t up to the high standards we had set.



Unfortunately, that would be the last album they would record together and I would maintain my position about The Main Ingredient.

I revisited the 1994 album some time last year and can state that as much as I was tough on it or classed it way beneath Mecca & The Soul Brother, it is still a better album than the majority of hip hop albums released in the last decade.

Contrary to what I thought or believed, it looks like they had it within them to drop back-to-back classics after all. Never two without three as they say.



May 22, 2015

Wu-Tang Clan


I like hip hop clans, posses, crews and cliques. 



There’s strength in numbers thing going on when a group of artists unite and create music.



Any cruddy clique assembled like Brown Bag Allstars, the legendary Juice Crew, NWA and Wu-Tang Clan gets my attention. 




The beauty of supergroups like Wu-Tang Clan is that most of the group members have solo material and tons of tracks together.


Within the last 15 years, almost every Wu-Tang Clan member has made a visit to Montreal. Some members have even made multiple solo or collective trips




Local promoter Matt "Dutch" Garner died days before the scheduled Ghostface Killah concert date he worked to make happen.


With regards to Ghostface Killah, it should be no surprise that he would perform the verses for some of his Wu-Tang members that were absent from the stage.   I saw and heard Method Man do the same.  



I admire that camaraderie among the Wu-Tang Clan.  Each MC is respected in their own right and for each to be able to recite each other’s lyrics speaks volumes especially after twenty years in the game.






May 21, 2015

Donna Summer - I Remember Yesterday (1977)



Putting sex appeal aside, I Feel Love is a fantastic song and represents all what I like and expect from electronic music. 

Growing up in the 80s with the synthesizer music movement, New Wave artists like Depeche Mode were my base for electronic sounding music. 



Considering the work of Moroder and Faltermeyer predates Depeche ModeDonna Summer had a hand and voice in what I want from female dance music vocalists as well.










May 20, 2015

Etta James



I've heard that my being an Aries gives me something of a predisposition to rooting for the underdog.

Before Etta James died, I felt the same way about her like I do most artists who are not as revered to my liking.


In the late 90s/early 2000s, I stepped away from hip hop to explore the roots of rap music. Similar to my discovering and learning acts like Jimmy Castor Bunch, I got more familiar with Atlantic, Stax/Volt, Invictus and Motown music.

I was fortunate to have found a lot of music back then and The Essential Etta James was among my finds. The 2CD compilation presents her biggest songs from the early 60s to early 70s.



The interesting thing about the collection is that it presents two distinct sides of her career at that time. Disc 1 shows her following in the footsteps of Dinah Washington with At Last at the peak of her powers. Disc 2 presents the more entertaining Etta for me.



My research into Etta James' life revealed her battles with drug abuse rival those of rock icon Janis JoplinJoplin's legend was further cemented by her death. James was recording at that time but I believe was again overshadowed by another of her vocal contemporaries.

I thank rapper Def Jef for making me first aware of Etta James by having her sing on his Dropping Rhymes on Drums. In 1989, I saw her in the video belting her vocals but had no concept of her career. It would take my getting my hands on that 2CD compilation to bring it all home.



Although the feud didn't make James look too good in the media, in retrospect, I understand how and why the Beyonce/Etta James feud came about. At Last is Etta James' signature song and, metaphorically speaking, swan song as well. In an ideal world, the only person that should have sang the song for the Obamas would have been Etta James.

In a strange twist of fate, the fracas helped bring Etta James to prominence. Not too long afterwards, the Flo Rida single Good Feeling would employ her vocals as sample for a modern-day dancefloor anthem.

Near the end of Diplo's Igloofest set, he played Etta James' original Something's Got A Hold On Me. When I heard her larger-than-life vocals blaring over the speakers days after her death, I was flooded with nostalgia.

May 19, 2015

Etta James - Tell Mama



Etta James' Tell Mama album, back by the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, ironically and unfortunately placed her somewhat in direct competition with Aretha Franklin.



Although James' bluesy vocals were raw and powerful enough to put her on par with Franklin, Franklin was already anointed Queen of Soul from as early as 1967 when she recorded for Atlantic Records.

I remember seeing brief footage of her funeral on the news. I'm thankful that due to her surge of popular culture media exposure, her talent and legend did not go unnoticed.

May 18, 2015

The Headhunters


The legendary jazz-funk group The Headhunters releasing a new album shortly will be some pleasant news indeed.


The group's story begins with their work with Herbie Hancock.  The group members played on a number of  Hancock's classic albums. The 1973 album Head Hunters bearing the group name is essential listening.



I was fortunate to find a copy of Survival of the Fittest with one of my personal favorite 70s jazz-funk cuts called If You Got It, You'll Get It.

God Made Me Funky is quite surely the group's signature song but is epic in proportion. Thankfully Paul Walter's Under The Influence compilation gives a 7" edit that allows me to drop other funk bombs during my Suite Delight show.

There is another Headhunters album called Straight From The Gate that I only know by its cover. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube, I can post this song that is on that album.



The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 1-2am EST on CKUT 90.3 FM.


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

Below is a playlist from one of my last guest DJ fill-ins for CKUT's The Goods.  

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DJ Solespin - The Goods (April 2014) Playlist:
 
1. Aries: Planetary Motivations 
2. Black Heat - Love The Life You Live
3. The Ohio Players - Walt's First Trip
4. African Music Machine - Black Water Gold
5. Dyke & The Blazers - Let A Woman Be A Woman
6. All The People - Cramp Your Style
7. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Fire Weaver
8. The Blackbyrds - Blackbyrds Theme
9. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Try Me
10. Paul Simon - Mother & Child Reunion
11. Greyhound - Black & White
12. Jackie Mittoo - Toronto Express
13. Ken Boothe - Look What You've Done To Me
14. Delroy Wilson - Ain't That Peculiar
15. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
16. Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites
17. Tomorrow's Children - Sister Big Stuff
18. The Bar-Kays - In The Hole
19. Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
20. The 5 Stairsteps - Dear Prudence
21. The Band - Up On Cripple Creek
22. Al Green - I'm Glad You're Mine
23. Gene Chandler - Groovy Situation 
24. Q65 - Get Out of My Life Woman
25. Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm - Gettin' Nasty
26. Clarence Reid - Masterpiece (Kenny Dope Edit)
27. Bo Diddley - Hit Or Miss
28. The Headhunters - God Made Me Funky
29. Richie Havens - Handouts In The Rain
30. Bill Withers - Kissing My Love
31. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - I Second That Emotion