Jul 31, 2014

The Suite Delight Celebrates 300,000 Page View Milestone!




As of now, my blog has had over 300,000 hits!

Not too long ago, I wondered how and if I would ever see this day. I was frustrated at not making enough of what I thought was an impact here. It looks like I don't need to worry about that anymore. The fact that people have indeed been visiting my space on the blogosphere is reassuring and a blessing.



I have everyone who has visited, visits and will visit my blog to thank for this milestone.

I give two special shoutouts to Frank BLVD & Moonstarr for their helping me see this day come about.
 
 

Waxpoetics


I love Waxpoetics Magazine.

I’ve treasured it from the moment I realized it was the only real music magazine I have left to buy since The SourceRap Pages & Vibe Magazines’ early–mid 1990s prime.

It is truly a valuable source of musical information.

The latest Waxpoetics issue on the shelves is happening in my life and I rejoice inside a little until the novelty wears off.

I’m even happier to pick up back issues like I did at the WFMU Record Fairs and Dreambeat Conventions, the bi-annual record conventions in Montreal.
 
One of my most significant memories linked to Waxpoetics magazine happened on Record Store Day 2013. 

I looked forward to a 30-minute DJ set at Montreal's Death of Vinyl record store to commemorate the crate-digging celebration day but had to make stops at other stores just to make sure I didn't miss out on anything. 

As I packed my record bag, I made a last minute decision to bring a compilation of rock breaks. 


When I arrived at the first store and starting browsing through the racks, a couple standing beside me asked about a group with Rotary in the name.  

I asked if they were referring to Rotary Connection.  The lady said yes and we briefly spoke about Minnie Riperton’s former band.  I explained that I was not a fan of the band’s brand of music but acknowledged the songs I did enjoy.  The man with her said he loved their orchestral and eclectic vibe. 
I reached into my record bag and showed them the compilation containing a Rotary Connection cut called Life Could and told them they should seek it out when possible. 
 
As I prepared for my DJ set at Death of Vinyl record store, I felt it would be ideal to play Life Could at my earliest convenience.  A young man approached the turntables apparently enjoying the tune.  I asked him if he knew what he was listening to and he stated he hadn’t.  I showed him the compilation and told him the band name. 

He replied that he remembered the name from Waxpoetics Magazine.  When I told him whose vocals were gracing the song, he had a moment of total recall.   I can only imagine what he was writing into his phone was a gentle reminder to reach for Rotary Connection. 

YouTube doesn't allow me to add a video with Life Could on the blog but allowed me to view vintage footage of my songstress early in her career. 

Waxpoetics allows us to read more beyond into the stories behind the albums, songs, and videos that we have access to.  I couldn't be happier that we have access to Waxpoetics.  

Montreal crate diggers and music connoisseurs were dealt a blow when it was announced that the downtown Chapters bookstore is closing.  That unfortunately means there will be one less venue to get Waxpoetics in the city. I'm pretty resourceful and will inquire as to whether the Indigo store blocks away will now carry the magazine.

 

Rotary Connection


I looked forward to a 30-minute DJ set to commemorate the crate-digging celebration of Record Store Day 2013.

As I packed my record bag, I made a last minute decision to bring a compilation of rock breaks.  When I arrived at the first store, a couple standing beside me asked about a group with Rotary in the name.  




I asked if they were referring to Rotary Connection.  The lady said yes and we briefly spoke about Minnie Riperton’s former band.  I explained that I was not a fan of the band’s brand of music but acknowledged the songs I did enjoy.  The man with her said he loved their orchestral and eclectic vibe. 



I reached into my record bag and showed them the compilation containing a Rotary Connection cut called Life Could and told them they should seek it out when possible. 




As I prepared for my DJ set at Death of Vinyl record store, I felt it would be ideal to play Life Could at my earliest convenience.  A young man approached the turntables apparently enjoying the tune.  I asked him if he knew what he was listening to and he stated he hadn’t.  I showed him the compilation and told him the band name. 



He replied that he remembered the name from Waxpoetics Magazine.  When I told him whose vocals were gracing the song, he had a moment of total recall.   I can only imagine what he was writing into his phone was a gentle reminder to reach for Rotary Connection. 



YouTube doesn't allow me to add a video with Life Could on the blog but allowed me to view vintage footage of my songstress early in her career. 

Minnie Riperton

 

I remember hearing Loving You on the radio while I was young. I would know the singer hitting the highest notes I had ever heard as Minnie Riperton and hold on to those nuggets of information from childhood. Aside from those details, I also knew she died young. It would be years before I broaden that scope of knowledge.



I have BBE’s Strange Games & Things compilation to thank for making me take more notice of Minnie Riperton. The CD introduced me to Riperton’s Reasons when the only ones that concerned me were those of Earth, Wind & Fire. The rock grooves backing Riperton intrigued me because it was a far cry from her legendary love ballad. Ironically both songs are on the same album, Perfect Angel, which I was happy to have copped from a CMJ trip in 2009.



I love mid/late 1960s to early 1970s music regardless of the genre but have had something of a hard time with her former group Rotary Connection. I don’t know how to place Rotary Connection. The difficulties I’ve had in finding a danceable groove from the group have not made me study their music any further nor have the desire to do so.
 



I Am The Black Gold of the Sun is the only stand-out song from the group’s discography because of big wig producers and compilers like Gilles Peterson reaching for it. I felt that her Come To My Garden would be a regurgitation of Rotary Connection records. Les Fleurs could easily have been a Rotary cut but because it is a solo song, I see it as where her style blooms.  And as always when she hit those high notes take my breath away.


I had heard some of her later 1970s Minnie material but was not moved much. It is quite possible Angel & Adventures In Paradise are her best albums.




Perfect Angel is my favorite Riperton record for sentimental reasons. However, I anticipate owning and listening to Adventures in Paradise one day to see if it will sway my vote. Earlier in April, I was listening to the first side of my Perfect Angel vinyl and was surprised she hits the high notes on so many songs in succession.


Micheal Jackson has a song called Gone Too Soon. I believe that applies to Minnie Riperton. She was a rare and special talent that the world would not hear more from. As sad as it is she is no longer with us, we can at least rejoice in the fact that her music still is.

Lastly, I came to the realization that I renamed my show The Suite Delight after Minnie Riperton’s Reasons made such an impact on me.

The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 2-3am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.



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

Click here to download the podcast and more.

Playlist:

1. Robert Glasper Experiment - Perservere feat. Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco & Luke James 
2. Outkast - Prototype 
3. Shad - He Say She Say 
4. A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebaum 
5. Keith Murray - Get Lifted (Erick Sermon Remix) 
6. Theophilus London - Life of a Lover (Remix) feat. Blu & Jesse Boykins III 
7. Edo G - Righteous Way 
8. Donovan - Get Thy Bearings 
9. Rare Earth - Born To Wander 
10. Minnie Riperton - Reasons 
11. Clarence Carter - Patches 
12. Roy Ayers Ubiquity - The Memory 
13. Easy Star All Stars - Time (Groove Corporation Remix) 
14. Elaquent - The Official 
15. J Dilla - Last Donut of the Night

Lost Heroes (Robert Ouimet, Pat Boogie & Christian Pronovost) - Piknic Électronik (July 2014)


Announcing the Lost Heroes trio of Pat Boogie, Robert Ouimet & Christian Pronovost would be spinning at Piknic Électronik guarantees that one familiar with each or all of the listed DJs should attend. Some things in life are just a given.








I had not been at Piknic Électronik since Mary Hell stole my heart there years ago.  I was also an electronic music director at the time. My interest in house music and its history has been persistent since my adolescence and knowing the pedigrees of the trio I knew I was going to be there.



I had Pat Boogie mixtapes and seen him spin at clubs on 
Saint-Laurent Boulevard.  The legend of Robert Ouimet has become more and more evident as of late and the most recent Christian Pronovost DJs sets I've caught have a nasty habit of appearing on The Suite Delight year-end best of lists.  


I would have been at Parc Jean-Drapeau a lot earlier had I not accepted to fill in for CKUT 90.3FM's The Goods that day.  

I was convinced that the schedule was going to be followed strictly and that meant missing Pat Boogie's set. Pat Boogie informed me upon my arrival that the schedule was not being followed religiously and that he would play for the crowd later. Apparently the trio wanted a more interactive experience for themselves and the Parc party.






By the time I arrived at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Robert Ouimet was at the helm. After numerous unsuccessful attempts at catching a Robet Ouimet DJ set, that Sunday was my first time witnessing the Montreal DJ legend at work. 




I missed the Lost Heroes Igloofest set earlier in the year so I was pleased to see Christian Pronovost next after Robert Ouimet.







Pat Boogie was the last of the trio for me to see and hear what he had in store for the floor.

On a number of occasions, all three DJs were in front of the crowd weaving tracks back and forth with each other similar to the beach balls floating amongst the Parc people.

As for the crowd, everyone from local DJ peers of the trio, radio station colleagues and even childhood friends not seen for over 20 years were present.

The Piknic Électronik Lost Heroes set was truly a family affair as Montreal witnessed 3 generations of DJs do their thing.

 

I had seen the name Christian Pronovost on places, spaces and flyers throughout Montreal for years but never saw or met the man until 24 Hours of Vinyl at Death of Vinyl in May 2012.

Christian Pronovost was the first DJ I filmed with less than stellar cameras at my disposal.  I captured what I could of the madness I witnessed. While I was mingling and digging in the crates, I was digging the songs he was playing. I heard Ride like the Wind by Christopher Cross and realized something was happening. As much as I like singer-songwriters like Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop and Dan Fogelberg, I wouldn’t reach for them in a set so readily. However, Ride Like The Wind is a strong song that I hadn’t heard or thought about since its release.


I just happen to have been old enough to remember it but if I had heard the song for the first time at the store that night, I would have searched the store to find a copy of the 7” or album.

I believe that next was Billy Paul’s East. I was not aiming to film beyond Right Like The Wind but as I heard the Billy Paul track come in, it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to keep the camera rolling. I first heard Billy Paul’s East on the Stand Up And Be Counted compilation. It was the second Billy Paul song I heard after Me & Mrs. Jones. I found its production, his vocals and vibe of the song incredible.  By playing East for that night, Pronovost helped me relive the incredible moment.


As referenced above, Christian Pronovost’s set at 24 Hours of Vinyl in May 2012 was one of the best DJ sets of the year for me.

Montreal saw another edition of 24 Hours of Vinyl in 2013 during Nuit Blanche. I went to Le Bleury and met everybody in the line outside without Flipmode Squad nearby.

I returned to Le Bleury the Sunday afternoon to take in what I could of the event. Scott C’s DJ set was finishing up as I arrived. Simahlak from Blizzarts’ Get Nice followed and I was looking at the door until I learned it would be Christian Pronovost to conclude the event. I either didn’t examine the roster properly or wasn’t aware of the estimated set times for that detail to have escaped me. My intentions of blogging that night were noble but with the memory of what transpired the last time Pronovost was in front of me, I realized I would have to postpone the posting.


Those in attendance were treated to a little over of an hour of musical magic courtesy of Christian Pronovost. For most of that time, I was like Forrest Whitaker with a clear vantage point to the turntables. As the songs I recognized leaked throughout the room, I raised my arms in the air like I was starting a wave at Olympic Stadium.

As I was planning the final guests of The Suite Delight before my final Concordia University's radio station broadcast at the end of March 2013, there was one weekend left to schedule and there could not have been any sweeter inspiration.  


Christian Pronovost accepting the invitation to make a perfectly timed visit on my Suite Delight show was cause for celebration and simply one of the best pre-birthday presents I could receive especially since fate revealed that was to indeed be my final broadcast of The Suite Delight at Concordia University's radio station.

To view the playlist and listen to that classic podcast, take a gander below. 



The Suite Delight - Christian Pronovost (March 2013) Playlist :

Grace Jones - Slave 2 The Rhythm

B-52s - Deep Sleep
Rod Stewart - Passion
Sun Palace - Rude Movement (Re-Edit)
Kindness - Swinging Party
Toro Y Moi - Still Sound (Voodoo Bear Re-Edit)
Talk Spot
Roxy Music - Avalon
Alez Alez - African Queen
Tones On Tail - Lion (Soundshaper Re-Edit)
Number of Names - Skitso (Re-Edit)
Talk Spot
Beck - Tropicalia
Atoms For Peace - Before Your Very Eyes
Talk Spot

Jul 30, 2014

Nice & Smooth - Nice & Smooth (1989)


One of the most memorable moments of my CMJ 2009 trip was meeting legendary duo The Awesome Two.

I told them how influential they were for my Suite Delight radio show and thanked them for their production on the Nice & Smooth debut album.

 
Let this be my moment to thank Nice & Smooth for the years of more & more hits.

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

The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 1-2am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.

Below are some archived podcasts to bring you up to speed.  

Click here to download more podcasts.

http://suitedelight.podomatic.com



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


 





Nice & Smooth - Ain't A Damn Thing Changed (1991)




Like most people of my generation, Nice & Smooth were introduced to us through Big Daddy Kane's classic second album. 

From there, we learned the duo would release classic material of their own. 

The first two Nice & Smooth albums are classics. I can’t state with definite certainty which of the two I prefer. I remember buying the debut album as a teen. Yet, the second half of Ain't a Damn Thing Changed is especially crazy.



Let this be my moment to thank Nice & Smooth for the years of more & more hits.

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

The Suite Delight new time slot is Tuesday morning 1-2am EST on www.ckut.ca & 90.3 FM.

Below are some archived podcasts to bring you up to speed.  

Click here to download more podcasts.

http://suitedelight.podomatic.com



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