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.

RH66 - The Comforts of Vocal House (Vocal Soulful House Mix)

January 21st, 2017

There is very little doubt that the Soul and Disco sounds of the late 70s and early 80s have Soulful House as their closest relative in our modern age. Sure the early R&B sounds were closer but let’s face it, there is very little of Soul left to be found in modern R&B. Maybe one could argue that it’s an evolved form of Soul but that’s about as much as I could accept. Soulful House on the other hand is part of the bloodline, the gene pool, the collective! Listen to Resonant Soul 3 again. That episode contained Soul, Funk and Disco stunners. Check it out and listen to this one again.

To drive the point home, some “bridging tracks” have been included. These are even closer to the Soul Sound but have started to show some signs of the terrific Soulful House scene to come. They are funky to the hilt and are proper old-school vintage beauties! “Look Right Through” by Storm Queen and “Best Of” by Deniz Kurtel Feat. Mykle Anthony – check them out. Apart from these, there are some genuine Pearls of the genre in this mix. Do not miss “My Heart Remembers” and “You Are” at the end of the mix – Soulful House at its finest. Enjoy. Cheers. May the wind always be behind your back.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Keep Me Loving You Chris Nemmo
2 05:09 Look Right Through (Vocal Mix) Storm Queen
3 11:06 Get Lost In The Music (Zulu's At Work Raw Time Mix) Jaymz Nylon, Futurewife
4 16:31 Best Of (Original Mix) Deniz Kurtel Feat. Mykle Anthony
5 23:14 Here With You (The Layabouts Vocal Mix) The Layabouts, Terri Walker
6 29:25 Hope Guti
7 35:06 The One I Lost JazzLoungerz, E-Man
8 41:17 Phylosophy Atjazz & Jullian Gomez Feat. Osunlade
9 46:27 Burning Fire Harley&Muscle, Charles Mcdougald
10 52:23 My Heart Remembers (N'Dinga's Main Mix ) DJ Spen pres. Marc Evans & N'Dinga Gaba
11 58:04 You Are (Main Vocal Mix) Nteeze & Andy's
00:0000:00

RL112 - Aesthetic Delight (Lounge Mix)

January 18th, 2017

Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know.
Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know.
Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about.
Amen.
-Douglas Adams

 

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 The Void (Clueless Bliss Dub) Darkness Falls
2 07:23 Midnight (Yasuha. Remix) Andy Line
3 10:50 Summer Breeze Lemongrass
4 14:46 Afreakatum (Suntheca Lounge Mix) The Mask
5 19:45 Joya Logophilia
6 25:20 Ocean Bta
7 33:57 Cosmic Addictions (Splintrd Remix) MEHR
8 39:26 Inertia Michele Cecchi
9 44:14 Jam Recollections Blue Wave
10 50:11 Fading Sun Clelia Felix
11 54:17 Go Slow (T_Mo Mix) Nolan, Amber Jolene

 

00:0000:00

RH65 - Jazzy Harmony (Jazzy House Mix)

January 13th, 2017

By realizing that your entire life journey ultimately consists of the step you are taking at this moment. There is always only this one step, and you must give it your fullest attention. This does’nt mean you don’t know where you are going: it just means this step is primary, the destination secondary. And what you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.
-Tolle

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Breath and Drums (H.D. Trumpet Mix) Minaskava
2 04:27 It's A Jazz Thing Lau Frank
3 10:09 Loveliness Don Gorda Project
4 15:03 Prima Vera Truby Trio
5 20:21 Wild Blues (JEPE's Deep Drums Mix) Jepe
6 25:46 Life Evolution Harley&Muscle
7 31:50 Schakunta (Afrolounge Mix) Christian Hornbostel
8 37:30 Horny Sax (Rodney Scratchmaster Funk Remix) Rodney Scratchmaster Funk
9 42:55 Piano Madness (Forteba Remix) J.Axel
10 50:09 I Am A Believer KqueSol
11 56:36 Easy to Remember St. Germain

 

00:0000:00

RL111 - Deep Downbeats (Deep Lounge Mix)

January 10th, 2017

Some people see things that are and ask, Why?
Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not?
Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that.
-George Carlin

When his life was ruined, his family killed, his farm destroyed, Job knelt down on the ground and yelled up to the heavens, "Why god? Why me?" and the thundering voice of God answered, "There's just something about you that pisses me off."
-Stephen King

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Kontakt Kollektiv Turmstrasse
2 03:50 4525'51.94 N 1220'05.74 E T2'n
3 07:14 Straight Blue Rocket Empire Feat. Marian Music
4 10:37 Stars Twentyeight
5 16:08 Go And See Chimay
6 21:28 Is It Too Late (Tim Angrave Hope Remix) Thomas Lemmer Feat. Lena Belgart
7 25:17 Inside Is Outside No Solution
8 29:31 Secrets Sunset Session Group
9 34:40 Images & Shapes Lorealparis
10 38:51 Soul Story (Ambient Mix) Le Vinyl, Melohman, Javi Bora
11 45:20 Eternal Memory MoVoX
12 50:40 Kismet Matthew Kyle
13 56:17 Movement (Darkness) Dj Crash

 

00:0000:00

RS3 - Collectors Only 3 (Soul, Funk and Disco Compilation)

January 5th, 2017

A bunch of what can only be described as “groovy” and funky-4-life Soul, Disco and Funk tracks. Be sure to check out, arguably, the old King of Funk, George Clinton. Yes, I know a strong and reasonable argument could be made in favor of James Brown but I prefer George. George Clinton was part of, and architect of The P-Funk Collective and co-founded the Funkadelic and Parliament Funk bands – absolute GIANTS in the Funk game. When you hear George Clinton (Atomic Dog), you know you are listening to Funk and not Soul, Disco or Blues. The same cannot always be said of James Brown.

Also, check out Marvin Gaye (What's Going On), David Grant & Jaki Graham (Could It Be Im Falling In Love), Lou Rawls (You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine), Lee Garett (You're My Everything), George McCrae (I Can't Leave You Alone), Brass Construction (Movin) – all genuine Collectables. All were made and enjoyed before my time but thanks to recording media I feel as much enjoyment as anyone from the time would have by listening to them. The true worth in any track is the feel it gives the listener. These tracks provide good feel in spades and have been doing so for decades.

Special note for “Let's Stay Together” by Al Green and “More Than a Woman” by the Bee Gees. They were featured in Pulp Fiction and Saturday Night Fever respectively. Maybe it is just me but I feel that both those movies were blessed by the tracks …and not the other way round. A note too for “Movin” by Brass Construction. If ever a time warp song existed, this would be it. Listen to it, mentally add a stronger Kick drum in a 4-To-The-Floor pattern and BANG – you are listening to House Music! It is a track that is well ahead of its time and yet is so appropriate to its time. People can say what they want about the Bible but, thanks to my Catholic schooling, occasionally a passage crawls through the asteroid field that is my normal thoughts and touches the consciousness: "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Yes, I thought that... really. YOU MUST hear Brass Construction and then tell me if you think House music is a new thing that was made in the 80s as so many seem to believe. Enjoy these babies. They need to be kept alive and cannot be allowed to slip into obscurity and be replaced by the joyful sounds of Dubstep. I mean, its OK as far as it goes and the boys love it but some of us must go further than that. Keep Soul, Funk and Disco ALIVE!

"[I listen to] Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars, sometimes even Nina Simone and Adele. Whatever comes up, whatever floats my boat, whatever makes me tap into something in me to just decompress - I listen to that." - Viola Davis

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Let's Stay Together Al Green
2 03:11 What's Going On Marvin Gaye
3 06:53 Slow Down Loose Ends
4 11:37 Could It Be Im Falling In Love David Grant & Jaki Graham
5 15:43 Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love) The O'Jays
6 19:53 Atomic Dog George Clinton
7 24:30 More Than a Woman Bee Gees
8 27:38 You Could've Been A Lady Hot Chocolate
9 31:23 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine Lou Rawls
10 34:52 You're My Everything Lee Garett
11 37:44 One Step Away Tavares
12 41:53 Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe Barry White
13 46:10 I Can't Leave You Alone George McCrae
14 49:12 Magic Touch Loose Ends
15 53:30 Dancing Tight Galaxyu Feat. Phil Fearon
16 57:00 Movin Brass Construction
00:0000:00

RP3 - Essential Pop 4: Floor Warmers Nostalgia (Vintage Pop Compilation)

January 3rd, 2017

A collection of upbeat, consumer-friendly “hits-the-spot” Pop tracks from back in the day. These beats are perfect for bridging the gap from up-tempo Lounge to House Music proper and also happen to be perfect listening as an alternative to the Dance Music storm of the last week. Things start out relatively slowly but climb in pace and by the time you hit Mr. Vain, you should just about be in the mood for House. And the tracks are outstanding: “The Way It Is”, “Under Pressure” (try unhearing Ice Ice baby if you can ..), “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “The Look Of Love”, “Strong Enough”, “Hungry like the Wolf”, and “Bingo Bango” are all quality tracks that never fail when it comes to moving people. Enjoy and a prosperous and hugely successful (whatever that may be to you) 2017 to you and yours …well, for us all really! It always amazes me how, at this time of year, one suddenly notices a spike in the number of joggers out in the streets. It is almost always inspirational but give them a few weeks and by the time January comes to an end, there are suddenly little to no joggers out on the streets. Listen quietly on a sedate Sunday towards the end of January and you can hear the sound of shattering New Years’ resolutions. It is a sad sound – the sound of lost hope. May you have better strength than that! Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Put Your Records On Corinne Bailey Rae
2 03:31 The Way It Is Bruce Hornsby
3 07:25 Under Pressure Queen
4 11:07 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Abba
5 15:47 Central Reservation (Deep Dish Remix) Beth Orton
6 19:39 The Look Of Love ABC
7 23:05 Strong Enough Cher
8 26:39 Don't Go Yazoo
9 29:28 Sunshine Reggae Laidback
10 33:24 It's My Life Dr Alban
11 37:54 Nobody's Diary Yazoo
12 42:14 Hungry like the Wolf Duran Duran
13 45:35 Bingo Bango Basement Jaxx
14 49:09 Girls Like Us B15 Project
15 52:07 Believe Cher
16 55:57 Mr Vain Culture Beat

 

00:0000:00

RH64 - Global Deep (Deep House Mix)

December 28th, 2016

Still on break but I thought you might want a piece of this. It is part of a longer set for the weekend and the bounce and funky are strong with this one. Enjoy!

May those who love us love us,
and those who do not love us,
may God turn their hearts,
and if He cannot turn their hearts
may He turn their ankles
that we may know them by their limping.
-An Old Irish Prayer

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Moses (Stimming Remix) Sascha Funke, Nina Kraviz
2 08:00 Mwini (N'dinga Gaba Remix) Djeff & Silyvi Feat. Cef
3 13:38 Lost In Time Komon, Will Saul, Ben Westbeech
4 20:02 The Marine Trancemicsoul
5 25:44 Trust (Kevin Yost & Peter Funk Main Voxed Version) Kevin Yost & Peter Funk
6 33:40 Plastic People (Anane's Nulu Dub) Anane
7 41:55 Can U Dance? (Roland Clark "This Is Dance"Remix) Ewonder, Roland Clark
8 48:47 The Feeling Deep House Souldiers
9 55:54 Abu Dhubi (Main Mix) Marlon D & Mena Keyz
10 60:03 This Is My Lovebirds

 

00:0000:00

RL110 - L’attitude (Lounge Compilation)

December 22nd, 2016

Normally the Lounge sounds around here are melodic, rhythmic and a bit on the soft side …except when its mid-tempo or above. Well this time the tracks have some bite and edge to them. While the feel varies from track to track, there is a distinct hardness and attitude in the grooves and melodies. It is, beyond any doubt, Lounge with Attitude. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I did. It is a social time of year and there is nothing better than sharing the unusual with friends and associates who love all things Lounge. Rolling out these tracks for them and digging deep “in the crate” was an absolute pleasure. In 2017 I will share the rest of the tracks we enjoyed today.

I will be taking a break for just over a week. There are sets to be prepared that are to be blasted at next weekends’ festivities and there is time to be spent with the fam too. I will share some Deep House goodies when normal service resumes. Until then, if you celebrate Christmas, please have a merry one otherwise happy holidays to you and yours. Be safe, have fun, be temperate and remember these wise words from George Carlin: “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.”

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 The End Xemplify
2 06:49 Lucsus Deep Dive Corp
3 13:09 Background Movement Mu-Bone
4 16:53 Funky Dory (Expander Mix) Elevation
5 20:39 Falling Irina Mikhailova
6 25:27 One Night Stand The Aloof
7 30:07 Blue Morning Roberto Sol
8 34:20 Dip Lizzie's Balloon
9 39:12 Splendour Dave Clarke
10 43:34 Deep Water (Wealth of Life Mix) Adeboro
11 47:20 Indra Thievery Corporation
12 51:05 Yes Baby Yes Mo' Horizons
13 54:28 Brazil (Rio 'N' Blues Demo Version) Mo' Horizons
14 58:44 Breathe Xemplify

 

00:0000:00

RL109 - Hanging with African & Latin Loungers (Lounge Compilation)

December 18th, 2016

Stephen: I think it was Donald Mainstock, the great amateur squash player, who pointed out how lovely I was. Until that time, I think it was safe to say that I had never really been aware of my own timeless brand of loveliness. But his words smote me because, of course you see, I am lovely in a fluffy moist kind of a way and who would have it otherwise? I walk, let's be splendid about this, in a lightly accented cloud of gorgeousness that isn't far short of being, quite simply, terrific. The secret of smooth almost shiny loveliness of the order of which we're discussing in this simple, frank, creamy soft way doesn't reside in oils, unguents, balms, ointments, creams, astringents, milks, moisturisers, liniments, lubricants, embrocations or balsams, to be rather divine for just one noble moment. It resides, and I mean this in a pink, slightly special way - in one's attitude of mind. To be gorgeous, and high, and true, and fine, and fluffy, and moist, and sticky, and lovely, all you have to do is believe that one is gorgeous, and high, and true, and fine, and fluffy, and moist, and sticky, and lovely. And I believe it of myself, tremulously at first, and then with mounting heat and passion because, stopping off for a second to be super again, I'm so often told it. That's the secret really.
-A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Nguva Ye Kufara Chiwoniso
2 04:27 Carcara III Chicco Correa
3 09:18 Famou (Remix Danse) Sekouba Bambino
4 14:47 Brazilian Adventure Black Orchestra
5 20:39 Vami Duwe Kotoja
6 25:54 Dance Fever (Dance Remix) 3 Love Divas
7 30:28 I Ka Barra (Your Work) Habib Koité and Bamada
8 35:23 Calling my Mermaid Mystic Diversions
9 38:12 Kunze Kwadoka Oliver Mtukudzi
10 43:37 Amanecer en Bolonia Rafa Gas & F3R Delgado Feat. Lucia Montoya
11 49:09 Wassiyé Habib Koité
12 53:45 Alegre Trüby Trio
13 59:45 Pa El Bembe Raw Artistic Soul Feat. Edisney
00:0000:00

RH63 - Soul Funktion (Deepside Soulful House Mix)

December 15th, 2016

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.
John Lennon

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 No Look for Trouble Hubert Clarke Jr
2 06:02 Spiritual of Dance (Main Mix) Deep Y'All
3 11:38 Be Together Studio 15
4 15:22 Coracao Em Ebulicao AM ROOTs feat. Sonia Miranda
5 18:50 My First Breath On Earth (01.08.85. Mix) KqueSol
6 26:20 Do What You Have To Do (Vocal) Rick Poppa Howard
7 31:37 Inside Of Me L.P Mosalo
8 35:52 Can't Live Without You Ross Couch
9 41:34 Forever (Dagui Rodann Remix) Blueday Stereo
10 48:15 The Way U Do It (Jacques Renault Edit) Tito Wun
11 52:39 Smoke & Fire Fission J
12 59:06 Boogie All Night Long (Musicafella Pure Butter Mix) Velvet Suite Lounge

 

00:0000:00