RH43 - After-Tears (Soulful House Mix - Mostly Vocal)

• September 18th, 2014

There was a fascinating story doing the rounds at Alfa Romeo meets involving Giuseppe Busso, a brilliant senior engineer at Alfa Romeo back in the day. He was given the thoroughly serious job of designing the Alfettas’ suspension. The instruction issued was for him to design three options for the car. The first was a cheap option, the second was a “middle of the road” option between all-out performance and comfort, and the third was a “no expense spared” option. When he got done and went to present these options to his seniors, they then had to choose which option the car would be produced with. Amazingly, they chose Option 3 – the “no expense spared” option. Such a decision is mind-boggling in an age where the mantra is “keep production costs low” and it also goes a long way towards explaining why Alfa Romeo was, relatively soon after all this, consumed by the juggernaut that is Fiat.

And that, friends, is what happens when a company makes decisions based on passion and quality at the expense of keeping costs low, i.e. they crash and burn! I imagine many Soulful House musicians are in a similar sort of situation. They choose to make what they consider to be quality dance music despite the fact that there are many other genres that are much bigger than Soulful House but are of, errm, "dubious" quality. I mean holy s&*t, imagine if we lost "Fish Go Deep" to Dubstep! Or "Leanne" to modern bratty teen R&B! Oh the humanity! Honestly, if I could, I would send all these guys AND old Giuseppe Busso a “Thank You – You Are Awesome” card. Their sacrifice is our gain and in the same way I will always love the old Alfa Romeo, I will also always support Soulful House.

Before I sign off, here is a hot tip: Tracks number 2 (“Let’s Go Back”) and 3 (“Mr. Weather Man”). You can thank me in the next life. Cheers and please enjoy responsibly ...lol ...

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Coracao Em Ebulicao (Original Mix) AM ROOTs Feat. Sonia Miranda
2 03:58 Let's Go Back Fish Go Deep & Rebecca Meagher
3 09:38 Mr. Weather Man Leanne
4 15:11 Let It Go Cosa Nostra, Miss MIC
5 20:12 Pure Bliss KqueSol
6 26:17 Dirty Love (Aki Bergen & Daniel Jaze Soulvision Remix) Sunshine Jones
7 33:08 Keep Smilin' (daOldSh.. Mix) TogetherBro, Anthony Poteat
8 37:00 Late Discovery Georg Levin
9 42:06 Feels Like Home MdCL feat. Ovasoul7
10 47:23 This Is Amazing (Raf n Soul One Night at PNL Mix) Raf N Soul feat.Charles McDougald
11 53:47 Ochosi Sunlightsquare
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RL75 - Working Fiction (Atmospheric Lounge Compilation)

• September 7th, 2014

The other day I saw this documentary about the legendary Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier. I love documentaries and this one was spellbinding. Born to a family of sharecroppers this man went on to participate in what they called “The Fight of the Century” against Mohammed Ali. It was great television and was the kind of stuff that always makes me look in wonder when people make blanket statements like “all TV is crap these days”. Well I recommend documentaries …and sports …lots of sports!

Anyway, Joe Frazier and the documentary came to mind because of something he said. It was related to boxing, of course, but you do not need to have even two brain cells to rub together in order to feel the deeper side of his comment. He said “everyone has a plan until someone punches them in the face”. Well up until Thursday last week I was going along merrily achieving the things I have planned when I was told my grandmother has passed away. That is when Joe Frazier and his comment came to mind. A punch!

I will not go into personal details but I will mention that the selected tracks are intended to soothe the mind …while respecting the feelings of mourning. We often try to run from negative feelings by listening to upbeat music but I am a firm believer in letting the mind experience what life brings. Escape is useless. You learn nothing and only set yourself up for the next hit. A great writer once said “let life work on you” – I believe in that.

This collection of Ambient and Semi-Ambient songs are intended for those in a similar situation to my own ...and those who enjoy this kind of music regardless. It is a collection of songs designed to inspire reflection, meditation, silence …and personal peace. The reason why it is called "Working Fiction" is because a wise person once said "Life is like a working fiction of the Universe". It has meaning to me but you make of it as you will.

If you have lost someone recently, my deepest condolences. I hope you become stronger and wiser and that Time proves to be the medicine you need. I know it is what I need. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Formentera Sunset Massivan
2 04:19 Le Jardin Secret L' Art Mystique
3 08:56 Skyline Elmara
4 11:45 Green Hills Wildlife
5 15:44 Croisette (Acoustique Parfum Remix) Jerome Noak feat. Jenni Wiegand
6 19:08 Refloat (Beatless Mix) Subsonic Park
7 26:03 Cymatic Lab The Disclosure Project
8 33:24 Sagariha Worldbeat Corp.
9 37:57 My Dream Marga Sol
10 42:59 Outbreak In Long Island Arrojas
11 48:38 Velvet Lounge (String Mix) Sleeptalker
12 52:28 You Are The Light Christian Hornbostel
13 57:40 Distant Shore Alexandra Hampton
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RL74 - A Variety Of Species (Laidback Lounge Mix)

• September 1st, 2014

Plotinus, this ancient philosopher, once said the words “the flight of the alone to the alone”. I took it out of context because at the time I was studying another philosopher and he was the one that quoted Plotinus. Those words bugged me immediately because I had no idea what they meant. I understood the words but not the entire meaning. So off I went and took up Plotinus. To be honest, I was kind of disappointed that he had metaphysical ideas in mind. I mean don’t get me wrong …they are important in the context he meant them but at the time I was searching for practical ideas. So I let the whole thing go.

But ideas, when they are truly embraced in the mind, and are left alone to make for themselves a home there, soon morph and transform and become your own. I say this because years later I have found that this “flight of the alone to the alone” thing is something I practically experience every Sunday but on a level that is far removed from the metaphycal ideals of that ancient philosopher. It is done by doing at least one thing you love by yourself with no phones and emails to intrude. Personally I have several things I have as hobbies. I maintain a growing car collection and come Sunday I will clean at least 2 cars and maybe do some basic mechanical maintenance. Then there are my RC cars …or my books, or of course, my music! All of this becomes “the flight of the alone to the alone” because every day, at every moment, we are actually alone but are alone in the company of others. There is no one else in your skin, in your space. One of the GREAT scientific laws is that no two bodies can occupy the same space. You are alone. Science says it, religion says it and reason agrees. But we all know that you cannot really be alone in the company of others and so on Sundays, or any other chosen day, you can choose to engage in an activity that brings your aloneness to a practical level by being physically and scientifically alone. When you do it, you achieve the “flight of the alone to the alone” …geddit? 😊

Oh and speaking of Sundays, I did some work in Dubai once and there their Sunday is actually on Friday. In the words of that great evil cat in the animated movie Bolt, “at first I was like ‘WHAT?’ and then I was like ‘HUH?’" and then I just sort of chilled and stopped giving a damn. It is amazing how quickly your mind and body can adjust to such a huge change as long as the words “it is your time to do with as you want” come out of someone’s mouth. Hey I am not even Moslem (I am Christian) but I got so chilled, and so relaxed on this one Friday that I actually said WTF and ended up going to Mosque! Some dude was so stunned when I told him that when I visit someone, I like to eat at the table with the whole family, that he gave me his gold Koran as a gift LOL! See what happens when you allow yourself to chill and not give a f%^k?

Anyway yesterday afternoon my “flight” was to my bedroom studio and there I decided to let the spirit flow “whence it will”. The result is this stunning collection of chilled out bliss. Peeps, never underestimate the “BOOM Factor” that comes with chilling to these kinds of beats on a relaxed Sunday late afternoon as the sun starts to shift into sunset mode. It stirs the soul. Try it this coming Sunday – you can thank me later but for now, please enjoy this moment of bliss. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Dreaming About Love St Project
2 04:09 Latin Chill Audio Shaman
3 08:33 Relaxin' At Moribaya (Instrumental) Kante Manfila
4 12:45 Feel The Light Clelia Felix
5 17:09 Welcome Blue Hour Chris Le Blanc
6 19:37 On Dope (Album Version) Mr. Moods
7 23:46 Heartbeat TerraHill
8 27:19 To All Of You Rjd2
9 31:13 Dupah Dupont Nightwalker
10 34:40 White Caps (Sylt Mix) Stargazer
11 38:30 Night Cruise Vincenzo and Rivera
12 42:47 Places I've Been (Unreleased 1995 Version) Tru-Skool Disciples
13 46:52 Energy Transferring System Massa Takemoto
14 53:43 In The Evening Keisuke Sakai
15 57:57 Desert Fall Blue Match
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RH42 - Deep Dynamix (Deep House Mix)

• August 6th, 2014

"A good woman can make you feel sexy, strong and able to take on the world...Ohh sorry that's wine.... wine does that ..." - Anon

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Sea Fever Acid Andee
2 04:12 Melancholin Babak
3 08:18 Change Stimming
4 15:11 Can You Feel It Adiosoul, Cooper
5 22:08 Nawe (Sauces Mix) Cubique DJ CB
6 27:07 The Power Structure (Main mix) Nick Holder
7 31:50 Windy City The Disclosure Project
8 38:39 How You Make Me Smile (Vincenzo Remix) Jody Wisternoff, Pete Josef
9 44:26 When You Get There (Matthias Vogt Remix) Evan Iff, Matthias Vogt
10 50:43 Life Ain't a Dream (COF Original Mix) Circle Of Funk
11 58:31 The One I Lost (URH Remix) JazzLoungerz, E-Man
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RL73 - Global Lounge Tourism: Crossing Africa (African Lounge Compilation)

• July 30th, 2014

There are times, and for me it occurs on Sunday afternoons, when one simply wants to grab a glass of red/white wine (depending on the weather), line up a lovely downtempo set or playlist, sit back on the couch and chill like it was the moment before the Big Bang and all hell was let loose. At such calm and utterly peaceful times I do like to listen to the unusual tracks in my collection. Now a couple of weeks ago I had reason to go to Lesotho in Southern Africa and the trip inspired in me a desire for a sound I had really last heard, ironically, in a book store in Italy. There I was browsing the music section when all of a sudden I heard a track that stopped me in my, well, tracks. It was some African song …probably from the East somewhere and it occurred to me then how much I would love to do a set or compilation of music of that nature. So of course when I got to Lesotho, the whole thought revived and I set about collection tracks for not one but a couple of African Lounge compilations. This adds to my already significant South American and Asian collection so you can expect some compilations focused on those parts of the world soon enough.

Look, I know a lot of this music is utterly foreign to most subscribers of this blog. I checked my stats recently and the majority of listeners come from Europe (UK and Germany in particular) and the USA so I know people will not be immediately in tune with the music in this compilation. But, really, if you could tolerate and maybe even love the music from The Lion King then, at the very least, this compilation should prove to be a most interesting and entertaining proposition for you. If you are a fellow collector then you are in luck – a collection of true African collectables and all unmixed!

Whatever point of view you come from, please take an hour or so and allow me to take you to a place where music is celebrated and revered. If you are not moved, then, at the very least, I hope you will be entertained. Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Andinzwi Oliver Mtukudzi
2 07:23 Mbube Ladysmith Black Mambazo
3 10:20 Sinama Denw Habib Koité
4 13:42 7 Seconds Youssou N'Dour
5 18:33 Miri Yoro Adama Yalomba
6 26:41 Asimbonanga Johnny Clegg/Savuka
7 31:07 Sou Les Go
8 34:13 The Crossing Johnny Clegg/Savuka
9 39:02 Raki Oliver Mtukudzi
10 46:04 Nipelaki Kwa Baba Doctor King'Esi
11 48:55 African Sky Blue Johnny Clegg/Juluka
12 52:52 Fundo Di Matu Manecas Costa
13 58:19 Homeless Ladysmith Black Mambazo
14 62:29 The Well Seydu
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RH41 - Deep Soul Essentials (Funky Vocal Soulful House Mix)

• July 18th, 2014

A long, long time ago – so long, in fact, that nobody can actually be sure if such a time even took place at all. But legends of it remain till today and one of these legends/myths/stories tells of a man who had this epic vision. Now personally I had forgotten most of the story but something of it has lingered in my mind since the day I read it years ago. It was a single line – a line of power and perfect construction. Every once in a while you run into a sentence that does this to you and makes a deep impression – one that lingers for years. You will probably forget the context from which the sentence was lifted but the link is established somewhere in your mind and just stays.

Anyway, this man tells of a vision he had and he starts off his account with this memorable sentence: “Me thought a Being more than vast, in size beyond all bounds, called out my name”. Yes, I know – it might be meaningless to you. But there is something about its construction, and whatever is being described by it that just heightens every sense in my body. “a Being more than vast” …are you kidding me?? How many different stories could one start with that intro?

Now I am telling you all this because a sentence, an idea had the power to grasp me and affect me with wonder and admiration for years and years. The exact same can be said about Soulful House. You see, “Me thought I heard some epic s&^t” once upon a time and have ever since been addicted to “4-to-the-Floor” soulful beats. There is something about them that fills me with a lightness of being and I simply cannot get enough. So please excuse me if you thought this Blog was dead – I will never stop buying House music and, by extension, will never stop mixing it – I mean, is there a better way to enjoy it? I made this one about a week ago and after listening to it a couple of times I thought I would share it because every song on here deserves to be shared with appreciating ears. I truly hope you enjoy this mix. It is a product of love, devotion and adoration of a genre that has captured many of us. Listen – Relax – Love – Feel Free. Ciao!.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Well Of Love (JazzySOUL Ambient Reprise Mix) Davidson Ospina Feat. MJ White
2 06:27 Call Me The Remixes (Kojo Akusa Sun Down Mix) Cei Bei
3 13:25 Into My Soul Aki Bergen Feat. Carmen Sherry
4 18:27 Adore (Rod Boyd Dub) CJay Swayne, Pryce Oliver
5 23:52 Held On To Me (Club Mix) Afronaut & AphroDisiax Feat. Sabrina Chyld
6 28:15 I Can't Get Enough (Harlum Remix) Daniel J. & DJ Jaz feat. Dahrio Wonder
7 36:15 Can't Be (Main Vocal Mix) Deepconsoul, Alpha & Olmega, Cosmiq
8 42:08 Cada Vez (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix) Negrocan
9 48:17 Make Me Over (Sole Essential BlaQvudoo Mix) Distant People Feat. Nicole Mitchell
10 55:42 True Love (Petalpusher Love Dub) Aquanote
11 61:18 Deep Down (Sean McCabe Main Mix) Robert Owens
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RL72 - Black Sheep Sessions: ACT II (Lounge Mix)

• May 29th, 2014

"Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympethetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these."

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Underwater Love Smoke City
2 03:52 Hedonist (Wishing Stone Mix) Silur
3 07:13 Electra (Religion Cut) airstream
4 12:37 Time is the enemy Quantic
5 16:11 Lucsus Deep Dive Corp
6 22:11 Background Movement Mu-Bone
7 25:08 Fila Brasilia Septentrion
8 27:46 Funky Dory (Expander Mix) Elevation
9 31:10 Caliente T_Mo
10 34:07 Rambla Mescalito
11 40:07 The Urban Chill Zone DJ MNX
12 44:58 Alpen Rock Deeper Sublime, Eriq Johnson
13 48:24 Kenio Darshan
14 52:13 The Chase Smiler
15 55:26 We Be Wax Tailor Feat. Ursula Rucker
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RL71 - Kinetic (Mid-Tempo Lounge Experience)

• May 16th, 2014

“Well, I always know what I want. And when you know what you want--you go toward it. Sometimes you go very fast, and sometimes only an inch a year. Perhaps you feel happier when you go fast. I don't know. I've forgotten the difference long ago, because it really doesn't matter, so long as you move.” ― Ayn Rand, We the Living

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Fire Walk With Me Synthpathic
2 03:12 Trash Blonde Lounge
3 05:09 A Lonely Place Bite My A
4 08:44 Couci Nari BadboE
5 12:49 Looking for the Light Karen Gibson Roc
6 16:57 Just Call Me Denis Melody
7 20:40 Sun Rays RhodeSensei
8 22:49 Horus Mani Rivera
9 29:13 Equinox Lazy Hammock, Ivan M-sax
10 35:37 Forever Walking Forever Walking
11 40:36 Laura Vfsix
12 45:13 The Caress and the Rose The Sura Quintet
13 49:45 Deep Dream Gaba Milani
14 54:01 Morning Darkness Don Gorda Project
15 58:38 For The People Pete Rock
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The Philosophy of RC

• May 13th, 2014

In all my years of owning, operating and sometimes racing RC Cars, no question has been asked of me more often than “why do you do this?” The less-than-diplomatic version, and the one that is often found in the YouTube comment section of videos, is “why is a grown man playing with toy cars?” I will now attempt to provide a detailed answer and my hope is that it will provide a basis for understanding so that the next time that you, the non RC enthusiast, run across someone like me playing with “toy cars”, we can hopefully avoid our meeting being unpleasant …for me anyway.

Before launching into the article, let me start by acknowledging that not all RC enthusiasts feel like I do and play with these cars for the same reasons. While I am convinced that many enthusiasts are doing it for the same reasons but are unaware of why they do it, I do also acknowledge that many enthusiasts follow this hobby just for fun and thrills. Whether these people can last even 2 years in the Hobby before they are drawn to other Hobbies with bigger thrills and more fun is another question altogether. I do not speak for these people – I come from an altogether different angle. This article, therefore, is not the end-all and be-all of why people are into RC – it talks about a deeper side that can only be correctly  described by the title “The Philosophy of RC”.

To start, let us expand our horizons by looking at a bigger landscape rather than one little piece of land called “RC Cars”. Let us consider that RC Car enthusiasts are only normal people that have a hobby and that when it comes to hobbies, we have a rich and varied landscape i.e. there are lots of types of hobbies. So then the question becomes “why are people into Hobbies?” Now for me this is where Philosophy comes in because the question relates to Leisure. This is not a leap in Logic – it is a simple case of: The person asking this question is only asking it because they are ACTUALLY thinking “do you not have anything better to do?” and this, then, relates to Time and how it should best be spent. Now who could have any discussion around Time and how it should be spent without the question of Leisure coming up? Not a leap in Logic then …

Now the question of Leisure, or Time and how it should best be spent, has bothered the philosophical amongst us for centuries. I am not going to go into the History of Western Philosophy – the internet is full of research material for those who are interested. The important thing though, from my perspective, is that from a Platonic perspective, the really BIG question was “what does it mean to be REALLY free to do something?” I am saying this based on years of reading and studying ancient philosophy and I really am not going to go into a whole list of references. The important thing is that for me, the question “what does it mean to be REALLY free to do something?” represents the Spirit of the philosophy of ancient Greece. Now we must be careful when we answer this question because items like “shopping, visiting my friends, going to the movies” do not represent valid answers. If you are shopping – you are achieving some sort of purpose …fulfilling a need of some sort. If you are visiting friends, you are giving but are expecting to receive at some point. If you are going to the movies, you are involved in “passive Leisure” – a different discussion altogether. All these examples are definitely forms of leisure but they evoke a Platonic principle that many forget when discussing ancient Greek Philosophy and that is the Comparative aspect. By this I mean for Plato, for example, Leisure activities could be classified from “Bad” through to “Good” and then eventually through to “Best”. Between those three are a host of grades each of which forms a step in a ladder to “Best”. But what, I hear you wonder, was the best activity? Well, that depended, ofcourse, on the answer to the question “what does it mean to be REALLY free to do something?” and it was a question that the individual had to ask him or herself. In other words, the best answer that YOU can come up with, is your “Best” leisure activity. Of course, this would be a subjective judgement at best on your part, but when you start to feel the urge to answer the question objectively, you will quickly find that the real answer is decidedly Spiritual or Metaphysical in nature but this article, ofcourse, is not about that. It is about the individual – it is about me.

So, to summarise the Platonic position, although somewhat crudely and in blanket-fashion, leisure consists of time spent on activities that are self-contained in their worth. In other words, the activities done in “proper” leisure of themselves bring no financial reward, no social status, no fame or fortune and no favours from anyone. These activities are even better when they are not done in secret, but no one close to you even know how much you are into them simply because you are never caught giving unsolicited information about them. They are activities whose entire existence requires only the presence of One. This is why they represent Freedom because in doing them, we get no satisfaction other than what the activity gives. These are the Pure – the Best.

Now I will come back to the Platonic position in a minute but before I do, allow me to present another approach – this time from the Japanese. It is called Shokunin and the Artist and Master Tasio Odate, defined it thus:

“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.  This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.”

For me that is a great explanation but, with all due respect, if ever there was an example of how cold and dead words treat a subject, this is it. This is my feeling because Shokunin is actually the most beautiful and meaningful conception I have come across since ….well, since the Platonic ideas mentioned above! To me the two (Platonism and Shokunin) are related and in explaining why, I will finally get to the point of the article which was, if you remember, “Why are you into RC Cars?”:

I am into RC Cars because for me there is no better leisure activity. I cannot drive my RC Cars to go down to the shops and as shiny and “Bling” as some of them are, I will never get a date with a woman because of my RC Cars. They do not earn me any money and no one is attracted to me because of them. I cannot gain fame from them and I cannot get favours from those in power because of them. They will not feed my family and nor will they make sure that I live my retirement years out in luxury and comfort. None of these things do they provide and yet what they do provide is valuable beyond all these things. When I sit down in my study, and I am modifying or servicing, or am rebuilding either an entire car or just some aspect of it like the dampers, I am practising the esoteric acts of Shokunin from the East, and Platonic Contemplation from the West. At such times I am in the company of One – of myself. My thoughts are still and the only thing in existence is a bunch of tiny parts that of themselves are worthless but when combined, form an engineering marvel. Each of the parts is finely machined and crafted and performs a function that only it can perform perfectly. By tending to these tiny little parts and ensuring their perfection, I am ensuring the perfection of the whole. This is craftsmanship – it is the perfecting of the thing for the thing it was meant to do. In doing all this I am at home – I am happy – I am satisfied. Time is not a problem because every time I look at my watch, it is at least two later than it is supposed to be. Boredom is an impossibility.

And all I have described so far is the “wrenching” (as it is called) but then there is also the driving of these cars. Now, to explain the experience, I need to quickly reflect on the concept of “Contemplation”. For many people it consists of, effectively, pondering this or that issue or question. In the east it is seen as “meditation” – which in many cases consists of people completely stopping recognisable mental activity. Personally I am with the Platonists on this matter in believing that contemplation or even meditation should be active and never passive (for reasons which I will write about in another article). But, having said that, it does not mean that it is good to spend your contemplation time on pondering any old question. Contemplation was, and will always be “Best” when it relates to questions around serious and meaningful issues like “what does it mean to be REALLY free to do something?’. If it is not going to be concerned with contemplating subjects relating to Leisure, Virtue, The Meaning of the Good etc. then it should be engaging in a leisure activity and this, finally, brings me to my point: Driving my RC cars is a contemplative activity for me. While standing there on the drivers stand and concentrating on this tiny, bullet-like projectile flying around the track, you enter into a symbiotic relationship around which nothing exists but the present moment. Practitioners of the ancient art of Tai Chi tell us to concentrate HARD on every movement made with the body while practicing Tai Chi. They tell us that “focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity”. RC Car “wrenching” gives me time to practice Shokunin but driving my RC cars provides a state of contemplation and meditation that “helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity”. This is my Life – This is my Hobby – This is the Philosophy of RC. 

You see, the problem with us is that we do not recognise the palpable benefit that philosophic practice can bring to daily life. We also do not seem to realise that REAL philosophic virtues, skills and/or talents can be learnt while doing activities we love – activities that ostensibly and inexplicably raise the question “why are you into that?” in the minds of others. So the next time you come across someone who is seemingly greatly concentrated on a task that you consider useless, consider that in front of you might be a real Philosopher.

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RH39 - After Hour House Moods (Chilled Funky House Mix)

• May 5th, 2014

My apologies for the delay in posting this mix. It was actually ready about a week ago but I have had a pretty disastrous week or so. I have been having a couple of personal issues and all I can wonder is how can things be so hard sometimes between people that love each other? I mean it boggles the mind really. But anyway, let me not air personal issues out here.

So the House music in here is of a different breed for the most part. Sure one or two tracks have a definite Deep House feel but it is that slow-ish tempo Deep House that so many of us grew to love in late 90s. You do not hear that much of it anymore since most Deep House DJ’s live firmly in the upwards of 127 BPM range …the party range! But this is not a party mix – it is an after party mix. It is about a group of people hanging out after an event and are now listening to the type of House that will let you down gently after an evening of fast tempo Deep grooves. But please do not get the impression that this is a slow mix – it most certainly is not at 120BPM. It is just at that right place where the listener decides whether to just relax and enjoy, or listen with the addition of gentle, slow and sexy body movements. And speaking of sexy, some of the songs here are distinctly so. I hope they strike you in a similar sort of way.

So, please enjoy …or try to anyway. I am not entirely sure what will be next but I do have quite a few choices. We can do that second part of the del Mar mix, some soulful house, or some chilled lounge flavours or go old-school lounge again. Then there is Deep House itself – I have not done a mix for a while and the collection is bursting for expression. I would also, at some point, like to do an up-tempo Soul mix or compilation which I can assure you will be epic. Uptempo soul and Disco have a similar sort of feel and you just know it all adds up to the same thing and that is FUNKY! I am looking forward to the next couple of months …it is going to be great and I hope you are here to enjoy it.


Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Room 193 The Foxtrot Effect
2 5:58 Perceptions Manfee M.K Clive
3 11:40 A Happy Day Club Camarillo
4 16:49 Happy Piano Baghira
5 22:58 Wendy Lost Track Info
6 26:24 Street Luv Fred Everything
7 32:26 Sa Trincha Feeling DJ Boost
8 38:18 Rising Sun Don Gorda Project
9 44:18 Siempre Arrojas
10 49:14 Out With Friends Cane Garden Quartet
11 54:18 Give Me Your Smile Miraflores
12 58:56 My Beach House Chris Coco
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