The Funky Melting Pot

This weblog is about funky music delivered as DJ Mixes. We cover mostly Lounge/Chillout but try to keep things as diverse as possible.

RL101 - Groovechaser (Lounge Mix)

October 27th, 2016

How about that RL100 Part 1?? I tell you what, I am a single dad with 2 boys and last weekend we took a long car trip just to get away. It was raining and almost throughout the journey I had Centurion Part 1 on. The boys, young as they are, loved it! It is chilled to perfection and those ocean waves matched the mood brought on by the rainy weather. I could never have expected it to cross the age divide but it did so with aplomb! Lounge, like House, defies the generation gap. Like House, it truly is The Music of the People!

This week we up the ante and are strong on the Groove and Funk factor. The tracks are edgy, modern and dance-floor worthy. We brush off the chilled and nostalgic feel of last week and dive straight into the new direction that Lounge as a genre is taking. There is funky percussion, groovy synths and chic lyrical content and samples. The feel is very much that of Sunset Lounge and I was so tempted to include some low-tempo Deep House; it would very much have mixed well with these babies. Enjoy, be safe and let the groove move you!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Hear Me Sofa Junkiez
2 06:45 Aqua Andre Zimma Feat. Amraah8
3 11:14 The Sinner Maelstrom & Napz
4 15:24 The Lounge Again Dario J
5 17:57 Duck Sauce Euphonic 7
6 23:14 Times Between Jean F. Cochois
7 29:29 Funeral BIz / Welcome To Detroit Interlude Tall Black Guy
8 32:40 Loverfool JK Soul
9 35:57 Sin's I've Lost DSP
10 40:07 Puesta Del Sol (100 Days Of Sunshine Edit) Emil From Eivissa
11 45:14 Harmony & Love The Great Mind
12 49:52 Dig-It Zaid
13 57:52 Buddha Chill (Soma Nights) Ranu Raraku

RL100 - Centurion Part 3 (Funky Lounge Mix)

October 21st, 2016

- "Don't call me stupid."
- "Oh, right! To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you're an intellectual, don't you, ape?"
- "Apes don't read philosophy."
- "Yes they do, Otto. They just don't understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'Every man for himself.' And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked 'em up."

A Fish Called Wanda

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 So Much Leaking Shell
2 03:42 Have To Be A Star Key Of Dreams
3 05:53 This Thing D'Nell
4 10:42 Road To Neptune Planet Lounge
5 14:30 The Other Side Paul Adam
6 20:06 Nothing Without You Weathertunes
7 23:18 Gitano Twentyeight
8 27:35 I Need You Close Dwilt Sharpp
9 30:55 Funny for Janet DJ Cam Quartet
10 35:38 Echoes Leaking Shell
11 38:51 Space Is Only Noise (I Got A) Nicolas Jaar
12 42:40 Haines City Sunset Christiano Pequeno
13 50:16 YMA Boozoo Bajou
14 54:27 Cashmir cathedral Grasshoppers
15 58:41 Drag And Drop Friends Of Led
16 01:03:17 Balcony Lemongrass
17 01:07:40 Who Can Play Track Info Lost
18 01:11:07 Dreams of Dahab Cham O'
19 01:14:58 Stars Twentyeight

RL100 - Centurion Part 2 (Lounge Mix)

October 20th, 2016

Growing up we are told many things,
One being, you can do anything.
But somewhere between child and adult,
Things change and we no longer sing.

Life takes on a whole different meaning,
From what we may have first believed.
We all get so caught up in what life expects,
And forget what we all could achieve.

Whoever told you, you weren't allow,
To follow all of your dreams?
Was it someone who took away your dream,
Or was it you who was afraid of your schemes.

Whatever the reason, I now must ask,
Why not you, don't you think
It's time for you to take control of your life,
So you'll be happy to look back with no regret.

-Julie Hebert

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Electra Life Bladewalker
2 05:30 Grumblegoof Moodorama
3 10:20 Venice InnamoratoDellaMusica
4 14:06 The Color Of Your Wings Miraflores
5 19:42 Amore (Latin Mix) Florens; Gasparus Ezekius
6 24:17 Sonnenwind Astro Pilot
7 30:13 At Peace (Silent Seven Version) Chill Carrier
8 36:37 City Love (Dreamfly Mix) Airstream
9 42:06 Secret Desire Igor Pumphonia
10 47:22 Soul Kitchen Mosf
11 50:30 Tranquility Openzone Bar
12 54:01 Human Beings Osunlade
13 57:25 The Best Way (Funky Melting Pot Edit) D'Nell
14 01:03:08 Para Mi Isla Velvet Birds
15 01:06:31 Black Cherry Individualism
16 01:13.4 This Is Love The Charlie North Michael E Project

RL100 - Centurion Part 1 (Chillout Compilation)

October 19th, 2016

Ok, so firstly, it is “Centurion” in the cricketing sense and not the Roman armed forces sense. Around here, where I live, we often refer to batsmen who whack 100 runs as Centurions …though it really is slang and not official English. I was amazed when I looked it up and found all references to Centurion referring to Roman Legions. I went ahead with it anyway because, well, why not?

So, I tried to do RL100 as a two hour bumper mix and failed on all counts. Firstly, if you are going to pick favourite tracks, they usually will not be able to mix into each other in the beat-matching sense. It proved to be impossible and I hate being a slave to the Beat-Matching monster. Doing it as a compilation was the only way out. Secondly, I could not do it as a two hour straight mix because as a friend bluntly put it, “who has time for that?.” Very true – I do not remember ever listening to a two hour ANYTHING in one sitting. When I create two or three hour playlists, I find myself stopping it after a while and getting on with some other business. When I return to it, it always starts at the beginning again. That means one hardly ever gets to listen to the second or third hour. Besides, it would also be unfair to those with metered or restricted bandwidth. I know what it feels like (back in the day) to have a slow line – it feels like you are sucking porridge through a straw!

I also did not do it as a two hour set because it turned out to be at least three hours long! As I was getting into the third hour, I realised it would be best to split it into three sets of 1 hour 20 minutes each …resulting in a 4 hour special! This also made sense because there are three distinct sections: Low-Tempo Chillout, Mid-Tempo Lounge and High-Tempo Lounge. These categories have been our bread and butter since the beginning and leaving out any one of them is unthinkable. So now the work has been done and instead of uploading all three mixes in one go, we will do one a day till Friday – that is 4 hours of pure goodness in three days!

Let us take a quick tour through the compilation because not saying anything about these tracks would be an artistic travesty and an affront against all that is good, funky and enjoyable! We launch with the timeless and elegant “Landpartie” by Frank Borelli. This is the Gregorian Mix that includes a somewhat haunting Gregorian chant in the background. It is stunningly done and the harp-like instrument really brings out the best in the track. After this, we move on to the classic Lounge track “Blue Night”. This is the Atmosphere Mix that includes awesomely sampled natural sounds from Nature (Ocean and Forest). It is a great artistic touch and it makes this a real stand-out track

Following this we feature Ambient Lounge – which has often been showcased on The Funky Melting Pot. This particular track (“Angels with You”) stands out for the Choir-like wailing throughout its length. At some points you are not clear if it is a synth or humans doing it but at all times you are captivated. Listening to this one with your eyes closed makes it as immersive as ….well, you know what. “Skyline” continues the meditation inducing qualities that we expect in Ambient Lounge but differs slightly in that it uses the type of synthesisers one would expect to hear in House Music …particularly Deep House. The use of effects makes it particularly effective as a mental calmer. “Sagitaria” could be described as “Future Ambient Lounge”. Again the borrowed elements from House music stand out. It is a deeply moving piece!

“Edison”, from our friends the Buddha Loungers, is just mercurial! That word is particularly fitting because the Roman god Mercury was also the god of Eloquence! Stunning track and the flutes just lift you and take you straight to the land of snake charmers and such. “Awu Ruby” stands out for its use of flute-like instruments and hauntingly beautiful vocals. I have no idea what the dude is saying but man is it catchy! I never tire of this track. “Hymn Of Peace” is aptly named. The use of wind instruments (Woodwind) and bouncy percussion makes it stand out above many other tracks that were close but did not make the final cut. “Heaven” is a cover of the classic by Bryan Adams. While I feel that, generally speaking and without putting too fine a point on it, DJ Sammy and Yanou do it justice, one cannot help but feel that it will take a long time before someone outdoes the Bryan Adams original! Nevertheless this is a Lounge compilation and the sheer power of the lyrics got the track in …together with what sounds like a very competent Keys player. “No Reason Why” by Clayton Fulcrum Featuring Moqito is Lounge and R&B united in perfect harmony. The percussion is just jaw-droppingly funky. Moqito’s voice is also beautiful but it is the mix that got this track into the final 17.

“Immigrant” by Nitin Sawney represents the best mix of East and West that I have heard in music for years and years. It was released somewhere around 1999 and still has not, in my book, been beaten to date in terms of harmony between Eastern and Western vocals. Nitin Sawney has a voice straight out of the Twilight Zone. It is moving stuff and I love that it dismisses those who think that little of good comes from the East! “Many rivers to cross” is yet another take on a classic done originally by Jimmy Cliff (I think ...though I could be wrong). It is inspirational and truly moving. Here is a sample of the lyrics in the track by Jimmy Cliff:

Many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost
As I travel along the white cliffs of Dover

Many rivers to cross
And it's only my will that keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years
And I merely survive because of my pride.

Moving! “Everywhere” by John Dahlback is just stunningly put together but it is the vocals that lift you and carry you along with the funky beat – “Kindness better than Envy” he sings out. I love it when Wisdom and music come together in the spirit of funkiness! “Finished Symphony” is yet another Ambient track that made the final 17. This one’s orchestral touch makes it a stand-out track of note. There is a real cinematic appeal to it too! “Inscribed in Jade” is a beauty from China. It reminds me of a poem by the Emperor Wu of Han who had made a gift of Jade to a lover:

I hope, that when Autumn comes back
And the North wind drives away the heat,
You will not store it away amongst old gifts,
And forget it, long before it is worn out.

No, Emperor Wu of Han, I will NEVER forget this track and it truly is a gift of Jade! “Hotel Porto Bay Rio International” gives us that sweet island sound that has been featured so often on this Blogg/Podcast. It takes you straight to the beach and places a drink with a little umbrella in your hands! And finally, how can we not include a sampling of the African music we so often gladly present in the most positive and glowing terms? “My Child in Africa” takes you straight to the Savanna and the fantastically named Benny Munomuno delivers a Lion King-like performance with his strong vocals. Again I have no idea what the man is saying but the effect is often more important than the meaning!

It has been my privilege to go back in time and pick these 17 tracks from a list of well over a thousand! As I was picking them and listening to the thousand, I felt proud that so far we have stood up for the eternal principle of those who love variety: “One in Essence, a Multitude in Manifestation.” Variety is a way of life. Enjoy and cheers till tomorrow.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Landpartie (A touch of Gregorian mix) Frank Borell
2 07:12 Blue Night (Atmosphere Mix) Paradise Blue
3 12:29 Angels with You (Full Meditation Trip) In Credo
4 19:47 Skyline Elmara
5 22:38 Sagitaria Vincent I. Watson
6 26:25 Arjuna Eyes Edison and Ma3
7 32:16 Awu Ruby (Missu Mix) Namibian
8 36:04 Hymn of Peace Weathertunes
9 40:42 Heaven (Yanou's Candlelight Mix) DJ Sammy & Yanou
10 44:42 No Reason Clayton Fulcrum Feat Moqito
11 48:14 Immigrant Nitin Sawhney
12 54:26 Many rivers to cross CDM
13 59:47 Everywhere (D.O.N.S. Vs Tranquillo Chill Mix) John Dahlback
14 01:06.3 Finished Symphony (Soundtrack Edit) Hybrid
15 01:09.5 Inscribed In Jade Moshang
16 01:13.4 Hotel Porto Bay Rio international Van
17 01:18.4 My Child in Africa (Atlas Mix) Benny Munomuno

RH59 - Deep Contemplation (Deep House Cuts)

October 14th, 2016

“A man must find time for himself. Time is what we spend our lives with. If we are not careful we find others spending it for us ...It is necessary now and then for a man to go away by himself and experience loneliness; to sit on a rock in the forest and to ask of himself, 'Who am I, and where have I been, and where am I going?' ...If one is not careful, one allows diversions to take up one's time - the stuff of life.” ― Carl Sandburg

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Rethabile (Reprise Mix) EXtreme Wa ZB, Reprise
2 05:56 Sensual Colours (Nikosf. End of Summer Colours Mix) nikosf.
3 10:50 Etat DEsprit Christian Hornbostel
4 15:14 Night Vission (Unreleased Excuse My French Edit) Davidson Ospina Feat. Rainy Payne
5 21:34 Want U Tonight (Harley & Muscle Deep Remix) Mateo & Matos Feat. Vincent Inc
6 27:15 Tsholohelo (Main Mix) Jason Cheiron Feat.. Wada
7 32:13 These Dark Rhodes Wonji
8 39:27 The Blues Afefe Iku
9 44:06 Sunday Morning (Seva K Remix) Sebastian Davidson
10 50:17 Grow Atjazz & Jullian Gomez Feat. John Agesilas
11 56:06 Just Think About (Mariobasanov Dub Mix) Mario Basanov Feat. Miss Bee

RR2 - Livin’ Life IRIE (Bonus Episode: Reggae Compilation)

October 11th, 2016

"Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny." – Bob Marley (Zimbabwe). Man, those words were recorded some 37 or so years ago and, at the time, were written against British rule over Rhodesia. Who would EVER have thought that this song would apply today for the same country? Not to get into anything as sordid as politics but one can only be dismayed and disgusted by such an ironic twist of events. I mean, the current ruler of that country was in the audience no less than 36 years ago when Bob Marley personally went there and belted out this track to a chaotic and delirious audience! A shame indeed. While politics are not for me, irony is! Marley must be turning in his grave.

This compilation, like the last one, starts with the usual traditional and classic sounds of the Rastafarian people. But later, it gets some bite and gains quite a bit of pace. The sounds suddenly get funky and distinctly dancefloor worthy. The quality remains top notch but the feel is assuredly more modern, less political and more about LIVIN’ IRIE MAAN!! I hope you enjoy it because from now, we will try to mix the two styles together as we introduce more and more dancehall into these reggae mixes. Cheers and we will be back later in the week. Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Civilized Reggae Burning Spear
2 05:40 Zimbabwe Bob Marley
3 09:17 Never Get Weary Toots & the Maytals
4 13:29 One In Ten UB40
5 17:36 Satisfy My Soul Bob Marley
6 21:43 International Herb Culture
7 24:58 Throw Down Your Arms Burning Spear
8 28:50 Springheel Skanking Don Carlos
9 32:07 Soul Shakedown Party Bob Marley & The Wailers
10 35:11 Play Skillfully Culture
11 39:07 Bitch Dub Linton Kwesi Johnson
12 49:33 Compliments on your Kiss Red Dragon with Brian & Tony Gold
13 47:40 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant
14 51:15 It Keeps Raining (Tears From my Eyes) Bitty McLean
15 54:59 Inna Skateland Kalbata, Mixmonster, Puddy Roots
16 59:06 That Girl Maxi Priest Feat. Shaggy

RH58 - Emotive Soul (Soulful House Mix)

October 7th, 2016

Good House Music really is best served on a Friday especially if you have plans for later on and for the weekend …fun plans that is. As a result, I got up at 03:00 and made sure that the appropriate sounds were dished out. My little bedroom studio has a window facing a beautiful Jacaranda tree. At exactly 04:30 the birds started to sing their welcome for the new day and I could not help but think that they too were celebrating the awesome sounds coming from my sound system. Nature knows a thing or two about good music and in all honesty, our artificial sounds pale by comparison!

There are lots of good tracks in here but I just wanted to say something about “Dem People Go!” at the end of the mix. Yes, it is not a Soulful House track but come on …that s**t is funky as hell! It certainly had my feet moving. It is not Afro-House - it is much more traditional sounding than that and defies categorization. If it cannot be included in this kind of mix than where would it belong? In an “Africana” type compilation? Nah is too upbeat for that so I really felt that the best place for it would be in a Soulful House mix. I hope you agree. I have to rush off and prepare for the day. Cheers and, as ever, have fun and be safe! Cheers.

Enjoy the mix and have a great, and safe weekend!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Lovin Me Spuma
2 05:37 In the City Orlando B
3 12:17 Can You Feel The Groove The Gruv Manics Project, Kimicoh
4 17:40 Invasions Mocodlman
5 23:48 Hear My Soul Nouskynousk
6 27:15 Cherry (Miguel Migs Salted Vocal Edit) Lisa Shaw
7 32:53 Let It Go (The Rurals Remix) Celestine, Anders Olinder, The Rurals
8 39:33 Your Love Q Narongwate
9 49:09 Only Love (Main Vocal Mix) Monocles & Slezz with Andy Compton feat. Tantra Zawadi & Dana Byrd
10 51:35 Better Days A. Salih
11 57:14 Dem People Go! (DF's Get Out! Mix) Dennis Ferrer, Bola Belo

RL99 - Rainy Day Chillout

September 30th, 2016

I really was quite optimistic when I thought I could pull off two episode releases a week. At the time I made that decision I had a bit of downtime. Things have changed since then and work and personal time demands have increased quite significantly. Work allows us to fund the things we are passionate about and simply cannot be demoted in terms of time allocation. If anything, these days a lot is required if one is to stay “on top of their game”. As for personal demands, well, those allow us peace at home and any sane person would ensure that the appropriate amount of time is allocated. Start including car-guy related hobbies and 24 hours are quickly eaten up. As such, we unfortunately must return to 1 mix/compilation a week. My apologies but there are only so many hours available in a week. That said, when downtime is available, I will still do two a week

On an unrelated note, you would have noticed that we are now on RL99! What a journey it has been – one filled with thrills, love and much joy for me as far as this blog is concerned. Resonant Lounge 100 will be a monster 2-hour episode that will feature favorite tracks all the way from RL1. It is going to be epic – you do not want to miss it.

Enjoy the mix and have a great, and safe weekend!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Siesta Stepo Del Sol
2 04:46 Tomorrow Is A New Day Lazy Hammock
3 10:18 Lost in Tokyo Koreless
4 13:56 This is what love feels like (RNB mix) G'sparks, Lu
5 19:02 Ultima Noite De Verao The Sura Quintet
6 24:55 A Song For You Digital Alkemist
7 31:22 Hidden Heart (J. Veda Music Box Mix) Roque, Jaidene Veda
8 35:05 Magnolia's Flower Gaba Milani
9 40:29 Fleeting Moments Five Seasons, Jane Maximova
10 44:50 The Same Fere The Wetwax Project Feat. Yoanna & Koev
11 51:34 Mother Earth (Mambo Rework) Aurora
12 55:30 Seen The Rain Rocket Empire Feat. The Eloi
13 58:51 Wave Paul Littlewood
14 01:02.23 If (Poem) Rudyard Kiplingz

R&B Essentials: 3 Decades of Nostalgia Pt. 2 (Compilation)

September 29th, 2016

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

-William Ernest Henley (Invictus)

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Watch What You Say Guru Feat. Chaka Khan & Branford Marsalis
2 04:32 When I See U Fantasia
3 07:51 No Scrubs TLC
4 11:38 Right Here (Departed) Brandy
5 15:14 Tell Me How You Feel Joy Enriquez
6 19:11 Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) Brandy
7 22:38 If You Had My Love Jennifer Lopez
8 26:42 Shy Guy Diana King
9 30:17 Let Me Love You Mario
10 34:10 And I Gave My Love To You Sonja Marie
11 38:34 If You Love Me Brownstone
12 41:36 Killing Me Softly With His Song The Fugees
13 45:32 4evermore (Extended) Anthony David Feat. Algebra
14 49:23 No More Ruff Endz
15 53:11 Pretty Is Lyfe Jennings
16 56:37 Dance Tonight Lucy Pearl
17 59:53 1 Thing Amerie

Pop Essentials: 3 Decades of Nostalgia Pt. 2 (Compilation)

September 24th, 2016

It would honestly be criminal of me to not share the wondrous lyrics in "Word of Mouth" by Mike & The Mechanics. From the first days I heard it, I always thought it was the independent thinkers anthem. The relevance remains as strong today as it did back then, in fact, maybe even more so. It is immense! Good music is made better by good lyrics but when those lyrics turn out to be good life advice, we have gold ...of a quite rare variety these days in the contemporary pop world. Enjoy and sing that s**t LOUD!

Now the world is getting older
There's a few things to be said
Do you believe the things they told you
Do you believe the things you've read

There's a rumour on the corner
But it's always been denied
Cause they don't want you any wiser
You're just toeing the party line

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

Look out for those who still want to hang on
Look out for those who live in the past
Get out and listen to the whisper
Because the times are changing fast

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

You don't believe the information
You don't believe it when it's denied
So when you're reading explanations
You have to read between the lines

From the west side to the east side
Through the windows I'm looking out
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Lifted Lighthouse Family
2 04:23 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) Soul II Soul Feat. Caron Wheeler
3 08:01 Unbelievable EMF
4 11:31 Word Of Mouth Mike & The Mechanics
5 15:13 Just Another Day Jon Secada
6 19:25 All Of Me John Legend
7 23:52 King Of The Dancehall Beanie Man
8 27:23 In The Shadows The Rasmus
9 31:18 Let's Talk About Sex Salt 'N Pepa
10 34:57 Hot In Here Nelly
11 38:34 I Don't Feel Like Dancing Scissor Sisters
12 43:21 Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'Arby
13 47:42 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) US3 Feat. Rahsaan & Gerard Presencer
14 52:03 Lovefool Cardigans
15 55:17 Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 59:06 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice