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.

RL89 - Africana (African Chillout Compilation)

June 29th, 2016

“Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external. We have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live. So much of modern life can be summarized in that arresting dictum of the poet Thoreau: 'Improved means to an unimproved end'. This is the serious predicament, the deep and haunting problem confronting modern man. If we are to survive today, our moral and spiritual 'lag' must be eliminated. Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul. When the 'without' of man’s nature subjugates the 'within', dark storm clouds begin to form in the world.” – Dr. Martin Luther King

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Hello My Baby Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2 03:22 Din Din Wo (Little Child) Habib Koité and Bamada
3 08:01 Fanta Bourama Djelimady Tounkara
4 13:38 Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes Ladysmith Black Mambazo
5 19:14 Yekanini Shiyani Ngcobo
6 23:42 Mar Augusto Cego
7 28:39 Imidiwaren Tinariwen
8 34:55 Omulanga Wamuka Henry Makobi
9 38:41 Kulala Aura Msimang
10 43:12 Penda Yoro Ali Farka Touré
11 48:29 Once In a Blue Moon Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feat. The Lighthouse Family
12 43:12 Penda Yoro Ali Farka Touré
13 52:23 The Great Heart Johnny Clegg/Savuka

RH52 - House Life Below 120 BPM (Mid-Tempo Funky House)

June 21st, 2016

This mix is in honor of the fantastic "mid-tempo" House scene of the late 90s. Unfortunately, in my country the DJ who was the best exponent of the genre had the unsettling habit of purposely slowing down House tracks using his BPM controller. That shit used to irk me in nine kinds of ways – all irritating. It produced nothing but horrible distortion. That being said, he did have moments of clarity and MANY of us got down to that funky mid-tempo sound. Why it was called "Mid-Tempo" I will never know since I have personally never heard House music slower than Mid-Tempo. Anyway those days are over and all House music comes in at well over 125 BPM. Over the years I have slowly built a collection of Mid-Tempo beauties …some of which are delivered here for your enjoyment. I am proud to say that every single track in this mix is playing at its ORIGINAL BPM! None of the tracks have been slowed or sped up. It took some doing to get that done so I felt I needed to get it out there.

Now another quick point is YES, there IS a different between Chill House and Mid-Tempo House. The BPM, confusingly, is similar but there is a DISTINCT difference in sound. Check out RH44 (Chillout Cruise Sessions) and you will notice that the sound is quite different. Chill House has, by nature, a very Loungey feel and is usually produced by Lounge Producers. You will never hear a Miguel Migs Lounge song and so when the likes of him make slow House, it turns out to be nothing but House with a slow BPM. Yes I know the difference as stated here is somewhat iffy but trust me, there is a difference in sound.

Highlights in this mix are “Hearts & Soul” (a verified classic of the 90s House scene), the Lemongrass Deep House Remix of “Lose You”, “Changes”, “Hope 4 Tomorrow” (forward thinking House production), ” The Story Of The Coconut Cream Surfer”, and the superb Yoruba Soul Remix of the classic House track “Need To Grow”. Really there is a lot to enjoy here and I can only hope I delivered it in a manner that is worthy of the music. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Hearts & Soul (Christo & Disco Rinse Remix) Robert Owens & Atjazz
2 07:32 Lose You (Lemongrass Deep House Remix) JetTricks Feat. Adefunke & Faye Houston
3 12:03 My Original Satin Jackets Feat Natalie Conway
4 18:56 Tonight Miguel Migs Feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
5 23:05 The System (Petalpusher Salted Disco Dub) Miguel Migs
6 28:37 Changes Franc Dux
7 34:54 Hope 4 Tomorrow Theo Parrish, Niamh Mcartney, Jennifer Dale & Rio Hunuki-Hemopo
8 39:09 The Story Of The Coconut Cream Surfer Christian Weiland
9 45:06 Need To Grow (Yoruba Soul Remix) Si Tew feat. Pete Simpson
10 52:15 Everything Will Always Be Good Dub Mars
11 57:18 After Raining (Angel D Remix) Day Break

RH55 - On the bosom of the Mighty Deep (Soulful Deep House Mix)

June 15th, 2016

When I first heard “Alone with Myself” by Deep Joke and “Can’t Stop the World” by Deep Sauce, my faith in, and devotion to the infinite Good was increased in leaps and bounds. I felt "rested on the bosom of the Mighty Deep" expression that has always evoked the deepest devotion in me (like a Mantra). That a well of creativity can exist that seemingly spews out killer track after killer track, in an apparent endless procession, is an amazing and beautiful thing. How empty would life be if Sound Systems were only used for speeches and trolling ...which is often the same thing dependent on who you are listening to. Many of the tracks in this mix are to me what Gospel Music is to the faithful individual. In listening to it, it is felt in the deepest and remotest recesses of the soul. In such moments, I could never tell you what it is that makes some people think Gospel music is opposed to "normal" music. To me any music that produces a strong feeling of devotion or love is as good as any Gospel song. There is no advantage of one over the other.

Speaking of feeling what you are listening to I must say something …that must be prefaced with a quick disclaimer. I am a heterosexual male …no doubt, but damn it there is something about male vocals in House Music that is simply beautiful beyond description. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying women vocalists are second best. I mean, we all know Divas like the likes of Chaka Khan and Robin S and yes, they can sing your socks off. But Black Sauce, Dom Navarra, Deepconsoul, Antonio Nava, Melchyor – are you shitting me? And that is just a couple of examples. These dudes will sing you into a meditative state every day of the week and a bunch of times on the Sunday. I am a very spiritual person but I would happily have given up all those Sundays of church going in preference of a nice garden, a nice sound system and a sensitive DJ. Considering some of the creep priests I had when growing up, music would have been the best teacher. Mmmm but then the 80s and 90s had so many creep-DJs too and I know because I was one in those days too lol!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Alone With Myself Deep Joke
2 04:21 All This Love For You (Ralf GUM 2011 Remix) Ralf GUM feat. Diamondancer
3 11:21 Can't Stop The World (Main Mix) Black Sauce
4 18:28 Can't Be (Main Vocal Mix) Deepconsoul, Alpha & Olmega, Cosmiq
5 24:19 Search 2 Find The Real Dom Navarra feat. Antonio Nava
6 29:39 Memories (Melchyor A's Hmida Dub Mix) Melchyor
7 34:28 Way Of Life Mr. O feat. Shiebe
8 42:51 The Cruise Ross Couch
9 47:25 Space Jam Mini Coola (Richard Earnshaw)
10 53:44 Can't Get Enough DJ Roland Clark
11 60:16 That Thing About Deep (Munsen's Main Mix) Agev Munsen & Roland Clark

RL88 - Una Sola Musica (Mid BPM Chillout Mix)

June 7th, 2016

The name “Una Sola Musica” means “One Music” much the same sense that monotheists talk of One Supreme Being. It is an idea that originates from the concept of the Primal Sound …the creative sound that gives movement and life. From this one Sound comes all Sounds. In that sense, all Sounds are united through that one common primal sound. “Una Sola Musica” is the idea of making mixes that consist of different genres – having different sounds that are united by a common thread. There are no rules for what is admitted other than the fact that it must be Funky and uplifting in feel. The Funkyness is the Primal quality we are looking for.

Billy Sheehan, the bass player, once said “Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable.” This mix expresses that idea in 1 hour. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Wind of the Spirit Enrico Donner
2 06:24 Soul Breathe Chad
3 10:55 Alleyway Lounge Trebles & Blues
4 13:55 One Step Slow Motion Replay, Yannah Valdevit
5 18:04 Free Your Mind Marga Sol
6 22:57 Vanilla Life Audience
7 28:35 Samarkand Krystian Shek
8 33:52 Wish U Were Here (Charles Webster Remix) Bliss
9 39:42 Jogo Do Amor Club Camarillo
10 45:20 November Rain Gheto Blaster Ltd.
11 49:40 Ritmos Do Brasile Van
12 54:06 Journey To Mandurai Sunyata Project
13 58:37 On The Edge Of Time (Feat. Karen Gibson Roc) Lemongrass

RL87 - Vintage Cocktail Time (Vintage Latin Lounge)

May 31st, 2016

Some vintage lounge mostly of the Latin flavor. There is a real beachside holiday sunset cocktails feel about the sound here. There is plenty of sunlight, chilled people and pleasant conversation. It is good times done in a way that could only be found in the early days of chillout. These were the days when Café del Mar ruled the Chillout scene. It was good times. Most of the modern Latin sound leaves me cold and after listening to these babies, I am determined to find as many of the older tracks as possible.

Anyway if you listen to this mix to its completion, you will find it has a “happy ending”. We go from about 80 BPM right on to the 120s. This is because a mix like this, for me, would develop into a high tempo Lounge set. You go from chilling to the dancefloor. I hope you like it because the next mix will be fast Lounge …of the Carimbo variety. Good times.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Rendez Vous Au Club Du Bossa Giacomo Bondi
2 04:03 Lubumba '98 A New Funky Generation; Marika
3 08:53 Party Time Soulalchemy
4 12:41 Amore (Latin Mix) Florens; Gasparus Ezekius
5 17:22 Guateque Campesino Ibrahim Ferrer
6 22:22 Sinzing Sunset Boulevard Moodorama
7 28:48 Eu Gosto De Voce Blue Wave
8 34:34 A Favor Do Vento Miraflores
9 39:11 Koru Otis
10 46:09 The Child Ravi Shaza
11 49:57 Setting Sun El Parado
12 54:34 Siesta del Sol (Laid back Summer Cut) In Credo
13 59:13 Carimbo Naçao Zumbi

RL86 - High Spirits (Slo Lounge Mix)

May 24th, 2016

Wow's been a while! All I can say is that life happens ..and not always in the way we hope. What matters, for me, is to keep coming back to those things and people we love ...and who love us back. Music loves me back ..I have no doubt about it. It softens my mood, keep me company, consoles me, encourages me and elevates my spirits. There is just no mood for which a song does not exist and the only thing that keeps those songs from affecting a particular mood is stubbornness and resistance on the part of the individual. When one does not love music, it is not music that loses out ...but when one loves it, it is you that benefits. It is a message that is eerily similar to what mystics have said about God. The choice is always that of the individual.

On another note, never give up on your dreams ..and your survival. Never surrender! Also, try not to think everyone is happy while you are not. As the irrepressible Blues artist Solomon Burke (Track 6) says "None of us are free". Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 S'posed To Be Channel Two
2 03:30 Daybreak (Dub Chill Mix) Lazy Hammock
3 08:15 Soul Kitchen Mosf
4 11:40 Secret Desire Igor Pumphonia
5 17:10 This Is Love The Charlie North Michael E Project
6 23:05 None of Us Are Free Solomon Burke
7 28:19 Deciduous Tooth Kolby Wade
8 31:22 Rough Out There Noiseshaper
9 35:26 Red (Clever Mix) Satellite Soul
10 39:26 Black From The Day Dee C'rell Feat. Claire Simone
11 45:28 Kaleidoscope Individualism
12 53:04 Don't Forget Gold Lounge
13 57:33 So Much Leaking Shell

RH50 - Funkyology (Deep House Mix)

July 23rd, 2015

Funkyology for the proper Fynkyologist! Funkyness, as used in “The FUNKY Melting Pot”, is not something that can be quantified like a pint of milk – and nor does it stand up to the scrutiny of analysis like one would analyse the price of cherry flavoured sweets in Zanzibar. It is a pattern of sound that can only be known by feeling. I cannot describe the feeling anymore than I can describe the glorious feel of a Thai Massage (medium pressure of course). All I know is that it is a good feeling and it is my privilege to have the ability to do these mixes. You see, before the actual tracks are chosen for a mix, I am “forced” to listen to hundreds of songs. It is an experience to savour. For a couple of days you are bathed with that glorious 4-to-the-floor sound. House music will never grow old for me and I hope I am not alone in this.

BTW, I remember saying that RH50 will be a compilation of highlights from RH1 to RH49. Well, the task turned out to be impossible. More than 800 tracks were included in all those mixes. My favourites number more than 450! To whittle that list down to 15 – 18 tracks for a single “Best Of” mix is impossible for me so my apologies if anyone was waiting for that – it simply cannot happen. Instead I have chosen to forge on ahead with new music but have included two used tracks from the 450 favourites. These HAD to be included in this mix as a tribute to the past. These are Track 1 (“Overshadowed” by Atjazz & Jullian Gomez) and Track 8 (“We Groove U” by Harley & Muscle, and Marshall Jefferson). “Overshadowed” in particular is a masterclass in the study of Funkyology. The percussion is simply insanely funky. “We grove U” on the other hand represents the quintessential Funky House sound from the 90s. The baseline is relentless! And the vocal track is all about the Unity that House Music represents. This is why I will be into house right through to Old Age – it represents the united aspirations of a large section of the Human Population. It does not matter where you are from – 4-to-the-floor is the United Sound of the happy dancing people! Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Overshadowed (Album Version) Atjazz & Jullian Gomez
2 05:23 Raw Street Freestyle (Dj Ouder Deep Mix) Dj Ouder, Lazee
3 09:44 The Piroline Jon Sweetname
4 15:53 Jammed Frankie Pep
5 20:44 Take Me Back (Atjazz Afrotech Remix) Kings Of Tomorrow feat. April
6 27:24 Time Lars Behrenroth
7 33:48 Myhappyplace Audiofly
8 40:04 We Groove U (Dolls Combers Classic remix) Harley&Muscle, Marshall Jefferson
9 46:59 Soul Electro (Soulfunky Remix) Ella Tyler
10 53:23 Ga I Goue (Jeff & Silyvi Remix) Boddhi Satva
11 60:48 Malbec Wally Styrk

RL85 - Lucid Lounging

June 14th, 2015

Well, really, life has thrown quite a bit at me of late and I am a bit in disarray. There is one thing though that remains clear: In Lounge I trust. And so when I fond myself with time to spare last night, all I could think about is the soothing sounds and melodies of funky, slightly up-tempo lounge. This mix came up in one-shot and when I was done, I could swear I was somewhere else. One is very lucky indeed if one can find ANY type of music that promotes and encourages freedom of mind. In a manner of speaking, there are mental portals. Some things release us to them in a natural way without resorting to any drugs at all. The only thing I could compare it to is Lucid Dreams. Some music contains the inherent ability of taking us to that state. Find yours if this mix is not your thing. Enjoy.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Mary Lynn Stargazer, Florzinho
2 03:23 Forever Walking Forever Walking
3 08:43 El Amor En Vivo En Vivo
4 12:37 Floating The Sura Quintet
5 17:14 Flower Of Spring The Dream Catchers
6 23:17 Feel Your Love Polished Chrome
7 29:04 Dreaming Pearldiver
8 33:09 100 Billion Stars Lux
9 37:57 Summer Moods DJ Amor
10 41:41 Gin Tonixx (Icecrusher Mix) Café Americaine
11 45:47 Contigo Para Siempre Cesar Martinez
12 50:24 Maybe Happy Ending Alex Modigliani Feat. Danny Martinelli
13 53:28 Blooming Flowers Clelia Felix
14 56:19 Love and Fever (Gin and Tonic Mix) Juwan Rates

RL84 - Slo Poison 4 The Jaded Traveller

May 15th, 2015

When the Tao prevails in the world, they send back their swift horses to (draw) the dung-carts. When the Tao is disregarded in the world, the war-horses breed in the border lands. Lau Tzu

I have no idea what that means but I was recently hospitalised for a short period and, in a moment of boredom, decided to tear into "Tao Te King (Dao 'h Ching)". Wow ...just wow. Ever seen (or read the book) "Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"? Its my favourite book since childhood and I tell you what - Deep Thought is Lau Tzu!

Stunning music in here ...grilled slow and funky for the Funkisto and Funkista! Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Breath Away Johannes Huppertz
2 04:28 DUBman Beatmasta
3 09:33 Electra Life Bladewalker
4 14:51 D.O.N.T. Minor Dreamer
5 18:38 On the lake Enrico Donner
6 23:27 Again Chris Feat. Adel Tawil Zippel
7 27:56 Beautiful Crazy Space Raiders
8 31:30 Amerimacka Thievery Corporation
9 36:49 Red Eyes Amun
10 41:07 Jazanova Allee der Kosmonauten
11 47:33 Global Information (Freedom Mix) Data
12 52:16 Cashmir cathedral Grasshoppers
13 56:41 Summer Breeze 80s Casual

RL83 - Sunset-ism (Mid-Tempo Funky Lounge Mix)

March 31st, 2015

And now, for the 1st Law of Sunset-ism:

I asked an experienced elder who had profited by his knowledge of the world, "What course should I pursue to obtain prosperity?" He replied, "Contentment--if you are able, practise contentment." - Selman


Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 To Music, To Love Monodeluxe
2 05:02 Ik Ben Droevig Ben Droevig
3 09:55 A Night Alone John Diloo, Dimi Wilson
4 13:55 Deep Forest JR from Dallas
5 17:36 Nevaeh (Intro Mix) Hazem Beltagui
6 23:03 Tenderly Dawn Collioure
7 27:14 Paseo Por Avinyo Ricard Pastor
8 31:05 Everything (Vocal Soundscapes Mix) Jean Mare Feat. Svetlana
9 36:12 Just Chilling Monodeluxe
10 41:29 Beach Pearl On Ibiza (White Waves Cut) Pascal Dubois
11 45:48 Devotion Eigenart
12 51:24 Sunset Groove Sunset Session Group