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.

RL96 - The Delux Sounds of Sunset Lounge (Lounge Mix)

August 29th, 2016

We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things [but] there are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.- James Carroll

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Coffee Time Easy Listening
2 03:54 The Boss Pete Rock
3 08:00 Forever Walking Forever Walking
4 13:51 Jazz Music (Lemongrass Remix) Luke Hampton
5 18:38 Icons Christos Fourkis
6 21:41 Soulsalicious Sunset Session Group
7 27:33 This Dub Track Info Lost
8 31:55 Slow Motion Enigmatic
9 35:17 Underwater Baghira
10 40:27 Eastern Treasure Alexandra Hampton
11 44:32 Breakwater Art Stoner & Justin Le Mar
12 51:17 Daydreaming Don Gorda Project
13 57:20 La Tendresse The Sura Quintet
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RHH13 - Hip-Hop Essentials: 3 Decades of Street Knowledge (PG)

August 24th, 2016

I suppose the first question that comes to mind is how one feels about so much profanity and ideas that hold no purpose other than to degrade or insult etc. My personal feelings are molded by that old snippet of wisdom that states “just because you like a lady’s dog, it does not mean you have to take it home”. This stuff is not intended for the forming of characters – it is characters expressing themselves. One does not have to internalise a single thing said but one can enjoy what one hears. This music should be enjoyed for what it is, and that is Art, or you can go on and on moralising and splitting hairs over perennial philosophical issues that never do anything other than arrive at boring stalemates. It is music. Turn off the critic mind and just go with it.

In this installment I have focused mainly on the 90s …my favourite period when it comes to Hip-Hop. These were the days when fresh ideas were plentiful, the music was rhythmic and the rhymes were well considered and hard hitting. N.W.A created “F*&k Tha Police” around then. Of all sentiments I hate this one most but one cannot help but be impressed by the bravado and don’t-give-a-damn nature of the rappers back then. In our current PC age such things are unthinkable except on hallowed grounds of Underground Hip Hop.

This is just a first installment. I know that many great rappers have been left out but I reckon we can cover most in about 4 installments …over time. I especially regret leaving out N.A.S, Warren G, Arrested Development, Eazy-E, KRS-ONE and Cypress Hill. Their time is coming. Next up is good old fashioned electronic modern day Lounge/Chillout. That stuff is our bread and butter and we have not done a set in while. Cheers and enjoy.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Thuggish Ruggish Bone Bone Thugs and Harmony
2 04:25 Ready Or Not Fugees
3 08:00 Forgot About Dre Dr. Dre & Eminem
4 11:36 Gimme Some More Busta Rhymes
5 14:14 Paparazi Xzibit
6 17:52 Industry Groupie Chamillionaire
7 21:21 Doin It Ll Cool J
8 26:06 Make It Rain (feat. Trina) Lil Wayne
9 28:54 Headlines Drake
10 32:16 Rubberband Man T.I.
11 35:10 Lodi Dodi Snoop Dogg
12 39:29 You Got Me The Roots
13 43:37 It Was a Good Day Ice Cube
14 47:54 Playa Hata Luniz (Freat. Teddy)
15 52:04 Big Poppa Notorious B.I.G
16 56:14 Ms. Stress Floetry
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RH55 - Pleasant Pastures of Urban Soul (Soulful House Mix)

August 21st, 2016

A couple of Monty Python favourites completely unrelated to the mix:

"He's not pining, he's passed on. This parrot is no more. He has ceased to be. He's expired and gone to meet his maker. He's a stiff, bereft of life, he rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies. He's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!"

“Your highness, when I said that you are like a stream of bat's piss, I only mean that you shine out like a shaft of gold when all around it is dark”

LOL Classics NEVER get old! Keep good s*&t ALIVE!! Up next is either Reggae or Rap Essentials. Enjoy the mix and cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Need To Grow (Yoruba Soul Remix) Si Tew Feat. Pete Simpson
2 04:47 The Story of The Coconut Cream Surfer Christian Weiland
3 06:53 Let's Stay Home (A Director's Cut Classic Club Mix) Frankie Knuckles, Director's Cut, Inaya Day
4 13:26 Iremember Gastek & L.D.F. Feat.Dmitri SFC
5 18:25 Hidden Heart Roque, Jaidene Veda
6 23:09 Goma Iron Curtis
7 27:36 Forever And A Day Franc Spangler
8 34:25 Keep Smilin' (daOldSh.. Mix) TogetherBro, Anthony Poteat
9 39:40 Houston We Have A Problem Genius Of Time
10 44:08 Fly Away Nastee Nev, Merldy B.
11 51:44 Please You Artjazz Feat. Clyde
12 57:46 Fashionmista Baghira
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Chilling with Bedouin and Buddha Loungers

August 17th, 2016

A collection of uplifting Eastern beats for the determined audiophile. It is all Sitar guitars, Tabla Drums and haunting vocals. A couple of these tracks are close to my heart seeing as I was introduced to them in Dubai in a special tea house. Absorbing yourself in the culture of others is a growth experience and makes us bigger and not smaller. Of course, I am not going to convert religion but when it comes to straight-chilling, sipping tea, hitting the Hookah – I AM RIGHT THERE! I met some special people down there and just the sounds in this mix brings them near. Deep bonds between people, forged in chilled and conducive environments, go beyond what touch, sight and hearing can ever achieve. They also transcend the local and make us global.

Oh and please do not ask why they decided to call the genre "Buddha Lounge" as I do not have a clue. Seems like "Eastern Lounge" would have been more appropriate for me. But it is what it is and is MUCH better than "world Music" which is what it was called in earlier times.

'There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.' - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Arjuna Eyes Edison x & Ma3
2 05:46 Bombay Sapphire Marsicano Feat. Ratnabali
3 12:01 Romainian Gypsy Illie Natalia
4 17:31 ilumination Zenword
5 22:19 Marching of Peace Medication
6 26:35 Asian Beauty Chillmakers
7 33:04 Cold Sea (Chill Ocean Mix)) Impresia Visions
8 39:04 Return to the Pharoah Zenword
9 44:52 Mustt Mustt Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
10 49:21 Goa Dreams (Reflective Mix) Maha Samable
11 53:42 Top Five Hotspots
12 58:39 Ganges Marsicano
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RH54 - DeviantDeep (Deep House Cuts)

August 12th, 2016

“Well, I mean, yes idealism, yes the dignity of pure research, yes the pursuit of truth in all its forms, but there comes a point I'm afraid where you begin to suspect that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs. And if it comes to a choice between spending yet another ten million years finding that out, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Keep Moving Pablo Bolivar
2 05:42 Breath (Let me do it again) Imugen Orihasam
3 11:22 Manhatten Thierry Thomas
4 18:05 Jammed (Cross Groove Mix) Frankie Pep
5 20:58 Kuroi Anton Lanski
6 26:08 Dream Connection Petr Serkin
7 30:47 El Pueblo Unido (Miguel Migs Deep Dub Deluxe) Thievery Corporation
8 35:25 Late Night Purring Steve Mill & Satoshi Fumi
9 41:06 Out Of Reach (Alfred Taylor Remix) Jody Wisternoff, Jonathan Mendelsohn
10 46:05 On The Rhode Evren Ulusoy
11 50:44 Hold On Me Jordan Peak
12 56:24 Different Things Jonny Bee
13 01:01.42 Omni Petter & Dairmount

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RL94 - The Jazzy Street Sessions (Jazzy Lounge Mix)

August 6th, 2016

My first introduction to Jazz was probably at an age when I was too young to understand what I was hearing. It also did not help that it was giants of the scene like Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and of course Ella Fitzgerald. They were way too abstract for my maturing ears and I found myself very, very resistant to the cacophony of what seemed at times disorganized noise. I had much to learn.

It did not happen till I was a teenager and heard Jazz musicians playing live at a large flea market relatively near to where I lived. Of course we did not go there for the Jazz – we went for girls and the chance to roller skate in large numbers. Those were epic times. As time went on I got used to the sound of soft Jazzy sounds being played live in the streets. I often imagine this was a real thing in places like Cuba and New Orleans and for me it all felt natural, inclusive and molto HIP!

Anyway since then House, Hip Hop, Lounge and Chillout have just about done everything to embrace and include the Jazzy sounds that I so fell in love with. This is a good thing because they have expanded the horizons of the Jazzy sound and made it be embraced by many more fans. It can now be enjoyed in so many formats it is ridiculous. Ever heard of Jazzy Deep House? Killer stuff and hopefully we can get one of those out soon.

The tracks here are lively, warm and, as you would expect from Jazzy sounds, present an ever-changing landscape of sound. In my mind as I listen, I get images of Jungle Book where Mowgli and Bagheera dance away to “The Bare Necessities of Life”. It’s images of fun and there is a strong feel of carefree-ness. It’s about musicians who do not give a damn and just setup in the streets for a pittance of pay and about those who dance to their music in the same carefree manner as it was delivered. Enjoy. This one is a real treat. Ciao!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Just Chillin In The Spot Freddie Cruger, Red Astaire
2 02:39 Encounter DJ Okawari
3 06:02 Forget It St. Germain
4 13:55 Bossa, No.5 Riolistic
5 18:48 Citizen Procreation
6 24:52 Beatboxed Julius Papp
7 29:39 Point Of View Voo Doo Phunk
8 34:54 Follow (Nujazz Mix) Monodeluxe
9 39:18 Bless Me (Master) Expression, Pal Joey
10 44:52 Otis K-Kruz
11 43:34 Busted JK Soul
12 50:50 Ocean Drive South Beach Lenny Mac Dowell
13 57:22 Great Day In The Morning Zadar
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RL93 - Calmness Toolkit (Ambient Lounge Mix)

July 31st, 2016

AKA “Toolz 4 Snoozin” folks! Two things are best served by Ambient Lounge: Meditation/Relaxation and power naps! Both are fantastic for body, mind and soul and are highly recommended by sensible medical personnel who are in no way into “New Age” thinking. Power naps help the body’s energy levels and meditation is medicine for the mind and what affects the mind affects the body. I spoke to an obstetrician the other day and he told me that he has found, in years and years of practice, that patients who practiced meditation or Yoga or a Spiritual Discipline of some sort normally had the babies with the least issues. I am not saying this is a scientific finding based on anal record keeping but even at the “casual observation” level, that shit makes you think …you know?

Anyway I treated some people today to an outstanding chill session. If it was not for the stupid wind it would have been a perfect day. Ultimately we ended up enjoying the vibes with the assistance of low level wind noises. In the end it worked out and a good time was had by all. This mix is fresh from the jam!

In terms of the music here, think of the concept “Art of Noise” and submerse yourself in these creative sounds. Track 1, “Angels with You” is indeed a full meditation trip. It invokes feelings of floating on clouds …or some such. There is a choir like wailing throughout that takes me to the monastic life of my teachers as a youngster. This is not surprising since this song is much like Gregorian Chanting with beautiful musical accompaniment. I love this kind of thing as much as I love Gregorian Chants.

“Sagitaria” moves us into a Sci-Fi like paradigm and we are presented with an absolute wall of sound. Listen to it loud and it sound like you are inside the Hubble Telescope …or something as fanciful as that. “Perfect Unit” is about as formulistic as it gets. Get a nice hook, repeat. It is the Mantra way – the way of the Chant. It works on the mind like a key in a lock. “Wildlife” by Green Hills just sounds like a beautiful love song done out in a forest. The Grand Piano is indeed one of Humanities greatest inventions. Whether in Lounge, House, Gospel, Jazz or whatever – it shines! Sorry about the percussion in this one but for me it still feels like an Ambient track. “Refloat” by the accurately named Subsonic Park is an old time favorite and friend of mine. It is my go-to track when I need a “Quick Fix” for attaining some level of calmness. The bass line gets you every time!

The sinister sounding “Premasara Council” delivers an utterly alien sounding track at number 6. I obviously have no idea what a hypothetical alien race would listen to but something tells me “Fountain of Consciousness” is a damn close guess.

It is a collection of great music and is, at the very least, interesting. Personally I do not go to a dentist when I have something that feels like a bad flu. I go to a GP. In the same way, for relaxation and clam I do not go to House Music or R&B. Lounge and, especially and specifically Ambient Lounge, OWNS relaxation. Enjoy and cheers!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Angels with You (Full Meditation Trip) In Credo
2 07:33 Sagitaria Vincent I. Watson
3 11:22 Perfect Unit Sesion De Los Flores
4 16:43 Green Hills Wildlife
5 20:43 Refloat (Beatless) Subsonic Park
6 27:53 Fountain Of Consciousness Premasara Council
7 34:26 Nautica (Ambient Mix) Dreamscape
8 38:32 Falling Stars (Deep in Space) U.O.K.
9 45:55 Nodoka Keisuke Sakai
10 49:49 Beyond Time (Aquarius Mix) Indigo Seven
11 55:42 Lara's Dream Nafis
12 57:49 Un Dios Rey Salinero
13 1:03:47 Sagariha Worldbeat Corp.
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RL92 - R&B Essentials: 3 Decades of Nostalgia

July 27th, 2016

Who, who is in any way into even a bit of popular culture, has not, at one point or another, enjoyed an R&B heart warmer or funky piece? The variety is astonishing. Some of it is crossover joints from Hip Hop/Rap, some from light Rock and some from even Country (not included here). It is sometimes even difficult to choose what is or is not R&B. This is not surprising since most of these genres come from Soul anyway so there are, as it were, birds of a feather.

Again, just like the Pop compilation, it is impossible to wrap up three decades in 60 minutes. These are just samplings ..and more will be included in future mixes. I must say I and a number of other people are enjoying these nostalgic sets. They have convinced me to make Hip Hop and Soul sets in the weeks to come. I hope you have nothing against history - without it, we are not.

As for favourites, who cannot feel the heartstrings tugging away while listening to "24 7"? And what about Angie Stone & Joe? Damn those vocals ...the stuff of teenage dreams. At number 5 is the controversial R. Kelly. I am just going to keep remembering that while the music cannot by nature be evil, the singer remains a pretty unknown factor the equation. There is nothing evil in "Ignition" at all. At number 11 is the Diva-ish and appropriately named Styleena Johnson. If ever someone deserved the word "Style" in their name ....

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 24 7 Kevon Edmonds
2 04:10 Emotional Rollercoaster Vivian Greenn
3 07:20 Ice Box Omarion
4 11:06 More Than A Woman Angie Stone & Joe
5 15:06 Ignition (Remix) R. Kelly
6 17:58 Charlie, Last Name Wilson Charlie Wilson
7 21:04 Freak Me (C & J Radio Edit) Another Level
8 24:06 BWhat Goes Around...Comes Around Justin Timberlake
9 28:00 Just Kickin' It Xscape
10 31:18 Like You Bow Wow Feat. Ciarra
11 34:25 I Am Your Woman Styleena Johnson
12 38:31 My Boo Usher & Alicia Keys
13 41:56 Blame It Jamie Foxx Feat. T-Pain
14 46:07 Breathe Blu Cantrell Feat. Sean Paul
15 49:46 I Will Survive Chantay Savage
16 53:35 Back & Forth Aaliyah
17 57:02 Tell Me Groove Theory
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RH53 - Occassional Harmony between Nature and Environment (Soulful House Mix)

July 19th, 2016

There are lots of theories about how people first got a sense of the divine. I mean, what made the first person who, according to evolution was worried about nothing but survival, think up divine ideas and art? What inspired those first artists – the Cave Dwellers? There are two theories I am aware of: The first is DMT. Dudes, or a Dude (male or female in this instance) somehow found out that mixing together a concoction of Herbs would result in the production of DMT ..the psychedelic compound. The event is staggering. I was reading a book about it (in the interests of Human curiosity) and the recipe is astoundingly impossible for a modern person to come up with. How those evolving characters did it is beyond me. Anyway the second method is Music, specifically Dance music.

There is something about a repetitive beat or sound, ancient man found, that could lead to an experience of altered states. I am sure you have seen it before – Shamans dancing around a fire to repetitive beats. So the theory is that they first heard the beats and experienced a feeling of the “occasional harmony between nature and environment”. It is this feeling that led to a sense of the divine. This is not a theory – millions of us experience this while listening to Dance music. That is what the House Party and Rave scene of the 90s was about …right? I got my sense back than and have been hooked to House Music since. I especially put together these tracks in order to bring up that sense again. Almost all have a sound that is closely related to the original scene with Frankie Knuckles and crowd.

Word of advice: Try to experience the music alone ..in nature. Just go with it. Try it. See what happens. If it’s not for you try some other mix or another DJ. No matter what science tells us, Shamans are not dumbasses. There is some stuff they know that is of some notable worth. The value of music in experiencing beauty, nature, the divine and interconnects is one of those discoveries. Cheers. Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 FlyLOVE (Andrés Remix) Chris Turner
2 03:16 Got To Give It All Ryo Kawahara Feat. Georg Levin
3 10:21 Stringing Me Along Kinetic, O_so_t
4 15:52 Pure Bliss KqueSol
5 21:38 Open Society Harley&Muscle
6 27:32 Clarity Snuff Crew Feat. Robert Owens
7 33:34 Everybody (Aki's Formant Experience Vocal Mix) Miguel Migs feat. Evelyn
8 41:13 Back 2 Zanzibar (King Street Mix) LY, Jovonn
9 47:10 I Need Somebody Tonight (Audiowhores Remix) Joey Negro, Thelma Houston
10 52:49 Capricorn (Qb's Hot Nights Mix) 60 Hertz Project
11 59:43 Freedom (Rich Medina Remix) Doc Link Feat. J Paul Ghetto
12 1:05:55 All Over Again Feat. Lisa Shaw (Rocco Deep Mix) Dario D'Attis, Lisa Shaw
13 1:11:51 This Is Amazing (Raf n Soul Eternal love mix) Raf N Soul feat.Charles McDougald

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RL91 - Essential Pop: 3 Decades of Nostalgia

July 11th, 2016

Every once in a while we get off the beaten track and take the road less traveled as far as music goes. I was fortunate, while growing up, to be in a household that valued diversity in music. To my parents there was sacred ground where music was concerned. If it sounded good, it ended up in the record collection. It is this rich collection that is part of my arsenal and I have never forgotten the weekends of good vibes during my youth. This was followed up by listening to lots of different radio stations. The influences I took on-board are broad and honestly, if I had to unleash the song geek within, this blog would end up going in some quite weird directions. Australian Aboriginal music anyone? LOL!

There are many epic Pop songs that were created in the 80s, 90s and early naughties. Unlike much of the Pop today, this stuff had depth and you did not feel your brain cells collapsing in on themselves when exposed for anything longer than 10 minutes. Its not that the Pop of today is bad ...its just that its bloody loud, has much use of the old auto tune and many of the musicians screech the shit out. It is irritating, disorientating and disturbing. Also, does everything have to sound like Hip Hop? What happened to variety? But maybe it is just me. Anyway this is a collection of what many consider to be fine examples of the Pop Art. There were many tracks to chose from but I was forced to cull 15 specimen in the interests of time. Because of this there will be a part 2 later on.

In terms of special tracks there are quite a few here that cause blips on my radar but NONE comes close to "Sweetest Smile" by Black. When I was 12 or something, it was my personal anthem and since I went to Catholic School, I always assumed that if male Angels could sing, they would sound like Black in "Sweetest Smile". It has always been the sweetest vibe to me. It tingles the toes!

Much to enjoy and look forward to! I wish you a good week and much peace. Stay safe!

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        Track List
       

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight UB40 & Robert Palmer
2 03:17 I'm A Believer Smash Mouth
3 06:11 Love Is All Around Wet Wet Wet
4 10:01 Mysterious Girl Peter Andre
5 13:28 Mr Loverman Shabba Ranks
6 16:51 Everything I Own Boy George
7 20:37 Lonely Akon
8 24:31 Out Of Reach Gabrielle
9 27:40 More Than Words Extreme
10 33:09 Weather With You Crowded House
11 36:39 It Wasn't Me Shaggy
12 40:23 Sweetest Smile Black
13 45:33 Hotel California Gypsy Kings
14 51:16 Fastlove George Michael
15 56:11 I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) Hall & Oates
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