Mar 17, 2015

DJ Solespin Fills in for CKUT's Basabasa Soukous Soukous Soundz

I was asked to fill in for Basabasa Soukous Soukous Soundz on Montreal's CKUT 90.3FM March 17th.

The show airs live from 9am-11am on Tuesday mornings and mainly focuses on African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Check out a great mix of vintage Latin/Afrobeat/Caribbean and any other tropical music I got my hands on!

Below is the playlist of my August 2013 fill-in to bring you up to speed if you missed the show.  


1. The Exponians - Aquarius 
2. The Esso Trinidad Steel Band - Downtown 
3. The Silvertones - Hold Em Joe 
4. The Caribbean Torpedoes - The Bump 
5. Al Collie & The V.I.P's - No Kinda Man At All 
6. King Eric & His Knights - Fox Hill Gal 
7. Dudley Smith Steel Band - 
8. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Mr. Walker 
9. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Live And Let Die 
10. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Sweet City Woman 
11. Desmond Dekker - The Israelites 
12. Jacob Miller - Tenement Yard 
13. Peter Tosh - Here Comes The Sun 
14. Jacob Miller - Keep On Knocking 
15. John Holt - Ali Baba 
16. Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number 
17. The Mighty Sparrow - Sparrow Dead 
18. St. Vincent Latinaires - Hot Pants - I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming 
19. Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa 
20. Sorry Bamba - Porry 
21. Picoby Band D'Abomey - Mi Ma Kpe Dji 
22. Manu Dibango - Weya 
23. Hugh Masekela - Grazing In The Grass 
24. Fela Kuti - Water No Get Enemy (Edit Version) 
25. Wayne McGhie & The Sounds of Joy - Fire (She Need Water) 
26. Cymande - Dove

Mar 2, 2015

Jose Feliciano

As a child, I was under the impression Jose Feliciano was the force behind Light My Fire.

His album containing the hit single was the first I saw and made me believe he wrote the song that many have covered.

It would take my teen years, or specifically Oliver Stone’s film The Doors, to correct me. 

There was not much rock music in my household so Jose Feliciano’s interpretation would be the closest to rock music that would make into the record collection. 

Ironically, I have no Jose Feliciano album with Light My Fire in my own record collection at present but I do have some of his songs on some great compilations.  

Feliciano celebrates a birthday iSeptember.

Mar 1, 2015

The Fugees

I wasn't feeling The Fugees when they dropped their debut album, but I loved the remixes to Nappy Heads and Vocab.

The Fugees did it indeed and I still hope they do so again.

Royce Da 5'9"

Royce Da 5'9" is in the same vain of rappers I've been meaning to check more for.


Considering I haven't been the most optimistic about hip hop for a while, it's understandable that I wouldn't reach for him as much as I would have liked.

It appears that this is the time to give some time to a rapper that I respect and has made me take notice of over the last decade.

I don't think anyone can deny Boom. I was out of hip hop at the time but recognized that song as killer. The DJ Premier production and Royce rhyme ripping have just the right ingredients for a modern day classic hip hop track.

Use the video as your refresher course of Royce.

Feb 27, 2015

Johnny Guitar Watson

One of the first CD-Rs I ever made for myself was a Johnny Guitar Watson compilation. I didn't make it myself actually. I asked a classmate to find the songs and hand me the CD-R.

There is something bluesy and soulful about his voice that I can’t deny. I believe his music is the perfect link between blues and funk. There are many obvious reasons why he was sampled for hip hop tracks.

I found a Very Best of Johnny Guitar Watson album at the Montreal record convention but it doesn't have Lover Jones, my favourite of his late 70s recordings. I'm still very happy to have found that vinyl and will try to add Johnny Guitar Watson to upcoming The Suite Delight radio episodes.

I was made aware of a Johnny Guitar Watson - Listen album from 1973 that lays the foundation for his late 70s blues-funk legacy. Listen is now on my want-list. Wish me luck in finding it so that I can listen to it.

Feb 26, 2015

The Three Degrees

Something about The Three Degrees made their 1973 When Will I See You Again album my prime target.

The beauty of the three members, provocative poses and of course vintage soul called to me and forced me to go on a quest. I would want to gaze at them and hear their voices whenever I’d want. That meant I would have to retrieve copies of Three Degrees albums and as quickly as possible. I’ve had chances to own Three Degrees albums in the past but nothing happens before its time.

By the time I arrived in New York a few years ago, I had The Three Degrees on my mind. I found the album with When Will I See You Again twice at a collectible record store. In other words, it was a store filled with expensive records. Both copies were more expensive than I was comfortable with and their conditions weren’t justifying the price tag either. I asked the store owner to put aside the best copy of the two aside until I was basically willing to pay the price.

That record was on my mind for most of my time in New York. All the while I was debating with myself if the album was worth the price. I went looking for it at other record stores to see if he was on par or making me part with more of my money than necessary.

I planned to go the WFMU Record Fair and within the first hour, I found the 1973 Three Degrees album for nearly half of what the man was asking. I bought it immediately.

In an incredible twist of fate, I found the album at least two more times at the Fair and their prices were all within reason. If I had succumbed to impulse and bought the album from the first man, I would have had up to three reasons to kick myself.

Since my triumphant return to Montreal with the Three Degrees album as trophy, I found another copy of International (1975), Standing Up for Love (1977), the Moroder-produced New Dimensions (1978) and a copy of 3D (1980). Time will tell if/when I’ll get the Live release. For now, I’m just happy I managed to sweep up so much of the Three Degrees discography in such a short period of time. Thankfully Montreal is a great city for record collecting because I wouldn’t be so content otherwise.

Did I will myself to find that 1973 album or did the 1973 album call to me from New York? I’ll never know but what I do know is my admiration for Sheila Ferguson’s beauty and talent is undying and I now have more opportunities to experience them. Rest assured I’ll be adding them to my Suite Delight playlists in the near future.

Feb 25, 2015

High Sierra (Access HS5462)

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m an Aries or my personality but I’m very loyal to brands.

About ten years ago, I bought a High Sierra backpack and simply fell in love.

It was spacious and my first with a cushioned back support. Unfortunately, the zipper gave and I lost the use of my best bag.

Thankfully, due to the warranty, I was able to exchange it. Unfortunately again, I was unable to get a replacement bag of the same model or color. That bag served me well until it had to be upgraded for the model shown below.

I want to thank the good people of Holiday Group for taking good care of me. Their excellent level of customer service has further strengthened my loyalty to High Sierra.