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.

RL129 - Deep-Laid Urban Moods (Chillout Compilation)

May 25th, 2017

Sometimes you're trying so hard to get your life together and still it's not enough, everything is falling apart. What to do, you're asking. Just keep going through hell for yourself, not for everyone else. Richer with that wisdom, I will build my happiness from nothing. I will rise from the dust. And I will do it on my own. I will live for myself and I won’t look at the others.
-Asper Blurry

 

If you have strength of character, you can use that as fuel to not only be a survivor but to transcend simply being a survivor, use an internal alchemy to turn something rotten and horrible into gold. -Zeena Schreck

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Suwawa Kaxamalka
2 05:32 Remember Me Michael E
3 11:20 Meadow Paul Littlewood
4 14:28 Somalia Florin H
5 21:59 Allthis Kaiowin
6 24:38 Love Clic Soulstice
7 28:38 The City Sleeps Zephyr Nova
8 32:21 Brighter Day Loungertrip
9 36:15 Slow Love In Motion (Chill Mix) Sunyata Project
10 41:11 Portus System 55
11 43:11 Morning Sun (Stella Maris Mix) Elastique
12 47:30 Mentalic Blues Ron Ractive

 

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RH76 - Soulidarity (Soulful House Mix)

May 23rd, 2017

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. -Leopold Stokowski

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Be Yourself Jullian Gomes Feat. Kabomo
2 06:23 Butterfly (Phil Asher's restless soul Vocal Mix) Osunlade, Phil Asher
3 13:34 Ever Wonder (Fish Go Deep Mix) Alton Miller feat. Abacus
4 19:12 Race of Survival (Sean McCabe Remix) Seamus Haji pres. Mekkah feat. Stephen Granville
5 25:51 Love Is Freedom Luka, RubyGold
6 29:26 Love Music (Souldynamic Remix) Lani SolidDeep, Jade Lovedale
7 35:35 Call Me (Kojo Akusa Sun Down Mix) Cei Bei
8 42:45 He Loves Me 2 (Rubb Sound System Vocal Mix) CeCe Peniston, Steve Silk Hurley, Rubb Sound System
9 49:47 Aladura Ep (Nteeze & Andy's Remix) Cannon-Soul
10 56:30 Just the Music Dvine Brothers, Komplexity

 

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RHH19 - Mixology v2: 18 Minute Hip Hop Mashup (Also Clean)

May 14th, 2017

"It seemed weird calling a teenager 'sir' but I'd learned to be careful with immortals. They tended to get offended easily. Then, they blew stuff up.” -Rick Riordan

Can we actually "know" the universe? My God, it's hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown. -Woody Allen

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Hip Hop Mashup v2 Various Artists/Mixed by Keith Monale
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RHH18 - Mixology V1: 15 Minute Hip Hop Mashup (Clean)

May 11th, 2017

Every once in a while you feel like doing something you have done often in a different way. You feel like pushing your boundaries a bit, testing the limits of the equipment and your knowledge of it …and the music. Often new techniques are found and they seep their way into your normal mix workflow. Mashups have never really been my thing but, I wondered, how would I approach one? Add the fact that my boys love Hip Hop and I thought, one lazy Saturday afternoon, why the hell not. Here is the result. Not too shabby at all if I may say so myself …

I used way too many bits and pieces to list here and the format does not really allow me to state the base instrumentals as well as the vocal tracks in one timeline (many start at the same time). Just, you know …Shazam it or whatever. Plus these are pretty vintage and well known tracks anyway. There should be no problems searching them up. Anyway …enjoy and cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 15 Minute Hip Hop Mashup Various Artists/Mixed by Keith Monale
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RL128 - Tumelo Lounge (African Chillout)

May 10th, 2017

The purpose of life seems to be to acquaint a man with himself and whatever science or art or course of action he engages in reacts upon and illuminates the recesses of his own mind. Thus friends seem to be only mirrors to draw out and explain to us ourselves; and that which draws us nearer our fellow man, is, that the deep Heart in one, answers the deep Heart in another, -- that we find we have (a common Nature) -- one life which runs through all individuals, and which is indeed Divine.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Isikhathi Siyimali Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2 02:34 Andinzwi Oliver Mtukudzi
3 09:58 Summertime Angelique Kidjo
4 13:24 Sinama Denw Habib Koité
5 16:48 Gafale Diaou Kouyaté
6 20:14 Once In a Blue Moon Ladysmith Black Mambazo Feat. The Lighthouse Family
7 24:08 Miri Yoro Adama Yalomba
8 32:29 The Crossing Johnny Clegg/Savuka
9 37:19 Raki Oliver Mtukudzi
10 44:22 Francoise Henri Kikongue
11 48:48 Nipelaki Kwa Baba Doctor King'Esi
12 51:39 Fundo Di Matu Manecas Costa
13 57:06 World in Union 95 Ladysmith Black Mambazo/PJ Powers
14 60:56 We Thembisile Unathi

 

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RH75 - Luminous (Deep House Mix)

May 8th, 2017

In spite of war, in spite of death,
In spite of all man's sufferings,
Something within me laughs and sings
And I must praise with all my breath.
In spite of war, in spite of hate
Lilacs are blooming at my gate,
Tulips are tripping down the path
In spite of war, in spite of wrath.
"Courage!" the morning-glory saith;
"Rejoice!" the daisy murmureth,
And just to live is so divine
When pansies lift their eyes to mine.

The clouds are romping with the sea,
And flashing waves call back to me
That naught is real but what is fair,
That everywhere and everywhere
A glory liveth through despair.
Though guns may roar and cannon boom,
Roses are born and gardens bloom;
My spirit still may light its flame
At that same torch whence poppies came.
Where morning's altar whitely burns
Lilies may lift their silver urns
In spite of war, in spite of shame.

And in my ear a whispering breath,
"Wake from the nightmare! Look and see
That life is naught but ecstasy
In spite of war, in spite of death!"
-Angela Morgan

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Somewhere Jullian Gomes Feat. Martin Iveson
2 06:17 Sizonqoba EP (Main Mix) Dj Bullet Featuring Joyce Mbele
3 13:05 Toadstool Love The Disclosure Project
4 18:27 Elegua (Jose Marquez Remix) Jose Marquez
5 26:29 E79 KINK
6 32:23 An American in Paris Stp Feat. K. Jost
7 37:45 Colo Loca Detlef
8 43:50 Gin Tonik (Chase Buch Dub Mix) Kindimmer
9 49:01 Swoop Dis Sek
10 54:54 Watching the Summer Gaya Joy

 

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RL127 - Sunset Lounger Tools (Lounge Mix)

May 3rd, 2017

Alicia: How big is the universe?
Nash: Infinite.
Alicia: How do you know?
Nash: I know because all the data indicates it's infinite.
Alicia: But it hasn't been proven yet.
Nash: No.
Alicia: You haven't seen it.
Nash: No.
Alicia: How do you know for sure?
Nash: I don't, I just believe it.
Alicia: It's the same with love I guess.

-A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Solana Dave Ross
2 04:26 Sugar Ribs and Baby Food Pie 2nd Shift
3 09:27 Do Not Go Gentle Keith Monale
4 13:38 L. A. Nights Mykel Mars
5 19:12 Ardesia Arrojas
6 24:12 Styles Hard Flame
7 28:23 Silent Communication Aquarius
8 33:32 Transients Q Funktion
9 36:27 Our Dream Smooth Deluxe
10 42:01 Be in Love Cane Garden Quartet
11 46:01 One Second Marco Soundee Feat. Maggie Smile
12 53:17 Fratelli d'Italia (Dolls Combers remix) Harley&Muscle, Simona Bencini
13 58:43 Imagine Lemongrass

 

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Do Not Go Gentle (Lounge Track by Keith Monale)

May 1st, 2017

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb


Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light 

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Do Not Go Gentle (Sunset Agents Mix) Keith Monale (Poem by Dylan Thomas, Narrated by John Molina)
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RL126 - Transglobal Vintage Lounge (Lounge Mix)

April 25th, 2017

One cannot imagine what the Spirit of Life found on the day Life first manifested on earth. The place was an unwelcoming ball of molten lava. “Supervolcanos” – a phenomena that makes a normal volcano look like a school project – were common and the atmosphere was not life-friendly. Later on, Earth would become what they call a “Snowball Earth” – a state that goes way beyond a “normal” Ice Age. Massive glaciers stretched all the way to the equator. Conditions for life were hostile to say the least and yet tiny organisms in the form of Eukaryotes continued to not only survive but to evolve too. Francis Macdonald, a geologist at Harvard University, remarked, based on all this, that “From an evolutionary perspective, it’s not always a bad thing for life on Earth to face severe stress.”

Well the same can be said of us as individuals. People who survive and learn to handle the stresses of life gain strength, courage, wisdom and that spirit of perseverance that only hardship can bring. Looked at this way, it becomes clear that the best things are “forged through fire and ice”. I hope, as you go through your particular “fire and ice”, that you will take hope not just from the Superhero Eukaryotes, but from the very Spirit of Life that coursed through their veins and now courses through yours. Chased in the sea, it evolved on land. Chased by molten lava and glaciers, it evolved in the air. Chased in the air by the sun’s rays and natural nuclear reactors like those found in Gabon, it mutated, coped and evolved ever onwards. At every step it has met every challenge with just the right answer. To be unhappy about a traffic jam, or by a passing remark from someone, or a bad day at work, is an insult to this Life that flows through you. The least we can do, is hold up our end. It has already dealt with the epic disasters – now it’s your turn to deal with the petty annoyances in your life! Not even this all-conquering Spirit of Life can do that for you. Cheers and enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Save A Little Prayer Steen Thottrup feat. Annette Berg
2 06:33 Time is the Enemy Quantic
3 09:44 Protection Massive Attack
4 14:13 Moon Tales Darmhein Lounge
5 18:19 Nepalese Bliss (DJ Food Remake) Irresistiible Force
6 24:41 Desire Blank & Jones
7 28:31 Summer Memories Dab
8 33:12 DeReye (Toires Frisco Mix) Irina Mikhailova/Todd
9 37:53 Hotspots Top Five
10 42:02 Mantra ProleteR
11 44:26 The Urban Chill Zone DJ MNX
12 48:44 Rithma Roke
13 52:33 Street Karma The Herbaliser
14 56:24 Vision Of Mahakala Sina Vodjani

 

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RP8 - Cinematic Moves (Dance Movie Soundtrack Compilation by Penelope)

April 20th, 2017

In Penelope’s own words: Dancing is a magical expression of the soul. Our bodies flow into one as we feel the music vibrating within us. Dancing and music are nourishment for our souls so feel, dance, sing and feel free. As Martha Graham said, “dance is the hidden language of the soul”.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Love Is Strange (Dirty Dancing) Mickey & Sylvia
2 02:51 Stay (Dirty Dancing) Dirty Dancing
3 04:23 Satellite (Havana Nights) Santana (feat. Jorge Moreno)
4 08:38 Stayin Alive (SNF) Bee Gees
5 13:17 Far From Over (Staying Alive) Frank Stallone
6 16:40 Footloose (Footloose) Kenny Loggins
7 20:25 How Deep Is Your Love (SNF) Bee Gees
8 24:24 The time of my life (Dirty Dancing) Dirty Dancing
9 29:01 Hungry eyes (Dirty Dancing) Dirty Dancing
10 33:01 Hopelessly Devoted To You (Grease) Olivia Newton John
11 35:59 You Should Be Dancing (SNF) Bee Gees
12 40:39 Love Is In The Air (Strictly Ballroom) John Paul Young
13 43:58 Summer Nights (Grease) John Travolta & Olivia Newton
14 47:31 What a Feeling (Flashdance) Irene Cara
15 51:14 Fame (Fame) Irene Cara
16 54:55 Hey baby (Dirty Dancing) Bruce Channel
17 57:13 Girls Just Want To Have Fun Alex Brown
18 01:00:43 Maniac (Flashdance) Michael Sembello

 

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