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.

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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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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RL90 - Interwoven (Lounge Mix)

July 6th, 2016

How is that Africana? All week it has been on repeat in my car at a relatively low volume. What I love most about music with lyrics I do not understand is that it does not stir up the thinking mind. You can carry on with your day and listen subconsciously. The effect is one comparable to nice white noise or a background noise of ocean waves silently crashing far away. Only occasionally does something catch your attention and you smile quietly to yourself. I enjoy that. It sooths the mind and is nourishment for a center inside that, for a while, connects me to people far away from my existence. I mean “Din din wo” means “Little Child”?!? That piece of knowledge I did not have before I listened to that song – it is a connection I tell ya!

There are some genuine staples in my Lounge diet included in this mix – songs that are played in EVERY set I do. “Mirage” is built around a couple of mesmeric female vocal sample. The way the flute and piano are constructed makes it truly beautiful. “Heaven” (#9) has the most haunting vocal sample. It moves things in deep places. “Neko” by Khaled is Island sound at its modern finest. It is not the most sophisticated of sounds but the percussion is pure funk! “Ritmos Do Brasile” takes you to Café del Mar …where you can enjoy an cocktail while watching a mesmerizing sunset. That cocktail, ofcourse, must have a tiny umbrella! The mysteriously named “Sun Of Haleakala” is a definite Lounge/Chillout classic. Not knowing it would result in uproar in the chillout community. It is the password for many secret lounge groups. Insiders know what’s up!

Beautiful music, the sky has not fallen, nature continues to be beautiful, the world is not at war (yet) – there is no reason to not sit back, chill and enjoy. Ciao!

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Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Sentimentos Do Rio De Janeiro Van
2 05:02 Quiet Storm Lenny Mac Dowell
3 11:40 Surrender Solanos
4 17:03 Mirage Alexandra Hampton, Ahbee
5 22:27 Dead Air (Audioprophecy & Anton M Remix) Bart&Baker Feat. Catherine Da_ Lish
6 25:18 Excitement Dassler
7 32:06 Half Year Diario
8 36:54 Rainy Day Deeper Sublime
9 37:54 Heaven Five Seasons
10 43:33 Neko Kaled
11 49:21 Ritmos Do Brasile Van
12 54:03 Rise Above Elevator Suite
13 59:09 Sun Of Haleakala (Piano Dream Mix) Paradise Blue
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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
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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
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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" ...an 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
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RL88 - Una Sola Musica (Mid BPM Chillout Mix)

June 7th, 2016

The name “Una Sola Musica” means “One Music” ...in 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
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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
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RL86 - High Spirits (Slo Lounge Mix)

May 24th, 2016

Wow ...it'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
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