Throwback: Prince-Diamonds & Pearls

Diamonds and Pearls is Prince’s 13th studio album recorded with his New Power Generation band. The title track is a romantic pop and R&B duet he sang with Rosie Gaines who had just joined the band. Gaines’ plush soul was a harmonious answer to Prince’s melodic monotone. She had heft in her notes to soar above the song’s dramatic drum builds and added the right amount of ad-libs at the end. Prince brilliantly combined soul with syrupy pop styling to create his most successful single of the decade. “Diamonds and Pearls” was a Top Ten hit nationally and Top Twenty in four European countries and put Prince back in the commercial spotlight after the moderate success of the Graffiti Bridge movie and album. The video and the song played regularly on MTV and radio. The album hit the Top Ten on charts nationally and abroad. Diamonds and Pearls was remastered and reissued with deluxe and super-deluxe versions in 2023. The 40th anniversary of Prince’s Purple Rain album and movie has been acknowledged with the upcoming June 26 film release in 4K UHD. There was a movie screening in Los Angeles last week at the Regent Theater with a panel discussion of Prince’s friends and colleagues afterward. 

 

 




Media Questions Of The Week

Is IIIa J right when he says that if his brother J.Dilla were alive Kanye West would’ve had a less successful career?

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Delano Smith & sillygirlcarmen Release Play EP

Detroit’s Delano Smith and sillygirlcarmen release their Play EP. The cross-generational collaboration is a musical appetizer of three infectious house tracks currently heating up the playlists of Detroit’s ace brigade of dance music DJs.  Smith’s history as a pre-techno architect and disciple of Detroit’s house Godfather Ken Collier is heard in his production of spellbinding grooves. Carmen, who has spent the past decade DJing alongside house luminaries like Louie Vega, comes to Play with the same energy displayed on last year’s “Over” with Atlanta-based DJ/producer Reggie Dokes.  The celebration of personal freedom called “Freak” seduces the brain and body like a harmless narcotic with its repetitious 4/4 beat, cloudy keyboard riffs, and sillygirlcarmen’s vocals. “Birdie” is a party anthem resting on a foundation of soft hi-hats, atmospheric notes and synth bass made for fun in the twilight of a club. “Queen” tops the song trio off with sillygirlcarmen caping for self-possession and demanding that the listener recognize their nobility and own it on the dancefloor. Sillygirlcarmen and Delano Smith’s Play EP creates wonderment over who will remix it and whether the duo will release a proper album.  Play’s healthy escapism is classic house at its core crafted by two of its most devout gurus from one of the genre’s epicenters. 

PLAY by Delano Smith & sillygirlcarmen

 




Slum Village, Jack White, Eminem, Diana Ross, Big Sean & More To Perform At Michigan Central Station Reopening Concert This Thursday, June 6th

Slum Village by Frankie Fultz

Slum Village is scheduled to perform at the Michigan Central Station concert in Detroit on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The event is a celebration concert for re-opening the train station that had been dormant since 1988. The Ford Motor Company purchased the abandoned structure that was completed in 2013 and started servicing rail passengers in 1914,  in 2018, and spent millions of dollars restoring it.  The same architects that designed it were responsible for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal which looks almost identical. Newhat the decision to purchase the station was because, 

“Our industry is about to change radically, and that change ought to be invented here,” Mr. Ford said. “It clicked for me that was the perfect purpose for Michigan Central Station. We want Detroit to once again be a destination where the future is invented, and preserve its title as the Motor City for generations to come.”

Big Sean who performed at the the first celebration for the station in 2018 is on the lineup for Thursday night which includes Jack White, Diana Ross, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Illa Ja, Melissa Etheridge, Common, Theo Parrish, Fantasia, Jelly Roll, Sky Jetta, Kierra Sheard and more. Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg are the executive producers of the event. The rapper also filmed his video for “Beautiful” at the location in 2009.  Those interested can watch the outdoor stream exclusively on Peacock. Locals can watch via Local 4 on television on the Local 4+ app or at ClickOnDetroit.com and app.  Slum Village just released their 10th studio album F.U.N