RH49 - Devotion (Soulful House Mix)

• March 12th, 2015

Can you believe that we are finally on Resonant House v49? I still listen to the first one and man what a journey it has been. I remember the first ones, from about v1 to v11 only getting about 50 hits on average. Back then the spirit was much more adventurous ..with some tracks bordering on Dubstep ….God forbid …and I say that with utmost respect to the lovers of that genre. If you are still here from back then, do you remember "Moses"? That thing is on a whole level of its own. I still listen to it occasionally and I am still not able to make up my mind about just what it is that I am listening to but that thing is as funky AF! Then there was Soul Sista Shakti, Joey Negro and others.

But there is no need for you to go digging for those Resonant House classics - v50 will be a full length mix featuring bangers all the way from v1 to now. How I am going to do it is beyond me but I will try to include at least twice the number of tracks ..meaning 20. It is going to be an absolutely epic journey. Peter Tosh, if you listened to the previous RL mixed, wailed something about "I am a man of the past, standing in the present, walking in the future". Besides being an awesome Haiku, it is also inspired lyrics and represents what Resonant House v50 will be all about. Do not miss it! Soulful House, Deep House, Chill House and good old unclassifiable s%^t like "Moses". Yums!

But v49 stands tall in its own right. The first track by Axus, "Suite Disappointment" is the stuff of Angels and is a sure classic. The others, from two to seven are definitive Soulful House. "Believe" by Joseph Hines and Loretta is inspirational, funky and so uplifting. Do not miss it! Eight and nine are both gorgeous and sexy soulful instrumentals. They are proper soulful dance music and demand movement to experience them properly. The last track is a stunning vocal track and forms a fitting finish to a mix that started on the vocal tip. This format is not done like this by accident. It is what I did in Resonant House v1 and I thought it was a fitting way to celebrate that first edition. Please enjoy and look out for v50 …which comes next.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Suite Disappointment (Rocco Mix) Axus
2 05:39 Perfectly (Atjazz Vocal Mix) The Layabouts, Shea Soul
3 12:35 The Promise (Luvbug Vocal Mix) Nathan G feat. Alexander East
4 18:36 Only Love (Main Vocal Mix) Monocles & Slezz with Andy Compton feat. Tantra Zawadi & Dana Byrd
5 25:45 Turn You On Mi Casa
6 29:52 Believe (Dj Fale Remix) Joseph Hines, Loretta
7 36:04 Send Me (Reelsoul Full Length Mix) Distant People, Stephanie Cooke
8 42:15 No Turning Back (Reconstructed Mix) Dominox Latte, Ray Lavino
9 48:04 Frabjous Nights DeepInked
10 54:16 Complicated (DJ Christos Magical Mix) Ralf Gum ft Kafele
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RL82 - Reggae Lounge

• February 22nd, 2015

I remember watching a bit of this concert that Bob Marley did in Zimbabwe …way back when they had just won independence from British rule. Before this event, Bob Marley had been touched by the whole freedom fight deal that was happening there …to the point of recording a track called Zimbabwe. Not that it has anything to do with what I am telling you but if you ever get a chance to hear that track, grab a drink and sit down ..quickly! It is a stunner …you will want to enjoy it.

Anyway when Zimbabwe then became Zimbabwe (it was formaerly Rhodesia), the first thing on the menu for the new government was to celebrate and who could do that without inviting the man that dedicated a song to you? So a delegation was sent off and Bob was invited to come and perform at the Independence celebrations. But for one reason or the other the government was broke and could not afford Bob's rates. So what does Bob do? He decides to waiver the fees and do it for free. Some say he saw himself as some sort of freedom fighter but who knows …

So the day comes and Bob and his backing band are doing their usual mesmerising thing on stage. But then trouble develops as a whole bunch of freedom fighters, who could not get in the venue by legal means, decide to collapse the fencing surrounding the place. Things then escalate …quickly. On stage Bob and his band are blissfully unaware …giving no number of f*&ks at all. But the keepers of law and order, such as they were, were well aware of the looming trouble posed by the now over-excited freedom fighters. Clearly incapable of finding any other solution, they fire teargas indiscriminately at the crowd. Pandemonium breaks out! People running, ducking and screaming everywhere. On stage the band becomes aware of these apocalyptic scenes and without a second thought, they run off stage. And what of Bob? Well, and honestly this is twilight zone type stuff, he carries on blissfully unaware and continues dancing like a man possessed. At this point there is no band ..no music! Just screaming and panicking people everywhere. And yet on stage is this unforgettable and enduring image of a dancing Rastaman ..dreadlocks flying wildly all over the place. At one point he shuts his eyes, which were closed all along, even tighter. He vigorously shakes his head ..clearly trying to literally shake off the tear gas. Mesmerizing stuff.

This music moves people in ways that you cannot begin to imagine. If the above true story does now show you that, nothing will. Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Do you Feel my Love Eddy Grant
2 02:52 Prodigal Son Steel Pulse
3 07:44 Civilized Reggae Burning Spear
4 13:06 1 in 10 UB40
5 17:21 Lively Up Yourself Bob Marley & The Wailers
6 20:12 Springheel Skanking Don Carlos
7 23:24 Soul Shakedown Party Bob Marley & The Wailers
8 26:27 Brain Food Burning Spear
9 29:21 Soldiers Steel Pulse
10 33:47 Pimper's Paradise Bob Marley
11 36:53 Everybody Needs Lovin' Toots & the Maytals
12 39:49 King UB40
13 44:01 Mystic Man Peter Tosh
14 49:40 Man In The Hills Burning Spear
15 53:25 Cool Meditation Third World
16 56:51 Redemption Song Bob Marley
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RL80 - Chilled Society (Chilled Lounge Mix)

• February 10th, 2015

The first time I heard “Toscan Dawn” a couple of years ago, I almost choked on the Kit Kat I was eating. Now I am not a habitual consumer of chocolates and when I do have them, it is out of some urge and when it happens, there are no loyalties. I happened to choose a Kit Kat that day because it was the easiest choice when I found myself faced by a wall of chocolates of all shapes and sizes. How do I remember all this? Because a significant even happened and it was precipitated by Faro and the amazing song that is “Toscan Dawn”.

I thought I was listening to something otherworldly …or at least the effect it had on me was otherworldly. For a brief moment I felt the vastness of the big and small – of the Universe and the space that is within and both are vast. I felt as if all of existence was listening to this song and for the first time I understood what I thought people might have felt when Pythagoras played music for them (a story for another day). He knew what many today know and have felt and that is that certain music, or songs, have the ability of opening pathways of thought that we hitherto had no idea existed.

In my excitement I went and used the track (Toscan Dawn) in a Ambient Mix. I was hoping for a meditative effect but it never really worked out as it should have. Anyway last week I was playing music for some people and, for some reason, Tuscan Dawn ended up before me. I did not play it because it was the wrong environment but I did make a mental note to try and make a mix that would surround Tuscan Dawn with tracks that produce a similar effect. RL80 is that mix and man what a mindf&*k this is! We have Club De Belugas! And L.O.B…and Blue Mind …and Airstream! All these tracks are straight out of the “Alternative Meditation Handbook”!

Now I know that the effect will never be the same for everyone but take a listen while relaxed and keep an eye on your thoughts. Where do they go? What do you feel? Whatever your answers, I hope you will at least find the music interesting. Please note that I have used a few of these tracks some years ago in other mixes. What we have here is new combinations and relationships and transitions – a re-construction of you will. Throughout the mix from beginning to end I am chasing a feeling and not a sound. I hope you will enjoy it.

Oh and I apologize for the slow pace at which mixes are getting released. I should be back now to bringing out a new one every three weeks now that I have some resolution in my personal life. Also, please give some love to “Black Cherry” by Individualism. It has proven to be the inspiration for the next mix – that’s right, REGGAE TIME! Jah Rastafari! That is going to be some cool sh&t. I will be focusing the whole thing on a couple of reggae artists that have moved me over the years; Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, LKJ, UB40, Eddie Grant, Steel Pulse and Third World. It is going to be ridiculously BOONOONOONOUS! BOONOONOONOUS? Rasta slang for …umm “wonderful”!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Toscan Dawn Faro
2 05:30 La Mer Club Des Belugas
3 10:12 Smooth Trumpation Lenny Ibizarre, Trumpetman
4 13:39 Deep Down L.O.B.
5 17:43 Really Blue Mind
6 21:50 City Love (Dreamfly Mix) Airstream
7 27:06 Sonnenwind Astro Pilot
8 32:35 Lazy Day Steve Osaka
9 36:55 The Best Way D'Nell
10 41:47 Black Cherry Individualism
11 46:15 This Is Love The Charlie North Michael E Project
12 51:53 Because Eddie Silverton
13 57:13 Getting There (Tourist) Magnus Wedberg
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RH48 - Kalahari Jazzy House Sessions

• January 20th, 2015

"Yet I've noticed the same thing when your band plays - the most amazing social coherence, as if you all shared the same brain."
"Sure," agreed 'Dope', "but you can't call that organization."
"What do you call it then?"
-Thomas Pynchon

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 If Only For One Night (Cajmere & Russoul Mix) Russoul, Ari Lourdes
2 08:48 Guns and Colors (Modell & Mercier Mix) Chick Le Chic
3 12:26 Schakunta (Afrolounge Mix) Christian Hornbostel
4 19:06 IFeel Alive Five Seasons
5 23:22 Life Evolution Harley&Muscle
6 30:02 Horny Sax (Rodney Scratchmaster Funk Remix) Rodney Scratchmaster Funk
7 35:54 I Am A Believer KqueSol
8 42:23 Strollin' the Hood Harley&Muscle, Roberto Cacciapaglia
9 48:09 iCulture (Main Mix) Richard Earnshaw
10 53:55 3 Hours From Brazil DJ Roland Clark
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RL79 - We, The Peace Loving People (Funky Lounge Mix)

• January 9th, 2015

What does one say during such times as those we live in? Recent events have been absolutely horrific and it boggles the mind that these things can be done by people. How anyone can believe that their will can be enforced through violence and how by such action they can attain any peace of worth and value is beyond me. I have no idea what can be done but I stand with the innocent people and the forces of good and non-violence. I also hope that people do not use all this as an excuse to return hate with hate. History shows that this leads to more misery for the common people …like me and you. Anyway nothing I can say will change the situation but I do wish that people would give peace a f*&*$#g chance.

So here is a collection of very funky up-tempo Lounge music. There is a lot of eargasm potential here and treasures abound. There is the classic “I Wanna Go” by the Stereo Mutants, the irrepressibly funky “Cocaine Is A Sin” by The Strike Boss, the Bouncy sound of “Airplanes” by DJ Santero, the mystical sounding “For Shiva” by Moodorama, and the Deep Loungey funky feel of “Flor de Abismo” by Obo. Funkyness reigns supreme from track to track and there is a happy and peaceful feel to the whole mix. But even if you do not agree, the bottom line is that you are in for a treat if you enjoy Funky Lounge that you can dance to. Enjoy and again, my heart goes out to the victims of the recent tragic eve!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old School Record) Geoffrey Williams
2 04:25 The Sheriff Fila Brazillia
3 13:14 When The Angels Sing Calmstreet Diamonds
4 17:18 I Wanna Go Stereo Mutants
5 21:57 Popular Secret The Lushlife Project
6 27:30 Cocaine Is A Sin The Strike Boys
7 31:42 Airplanes Dj Santero
8 336:33 For Shiva Moodorama
9 41:12 Everything Proxy Brides
10 46:00 Flor de Abismo Qbo
11 51:31 Rain Living Room
12 55:18 Years Go By The Sura Quintet
13 60:32 Your Name (I Just Wanna Know) Newton
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RH47 - Lovers of the Deep (Deep House Mix)

• December 27th, 2014

Not every one who seeks shall find, nor every one who is indifferent be denied.
Beware of giving up hope in what you earnestly seek.
A wise person perseveres, and is not easily turned away.
Not by fitful efforts, but by constancy, is an end secured.
Ancient Wisdom

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 1976 Ripperton
2 07:06 Histoire D'amour Evren Ulusoy
3 12:47 South African Pesadello (Kevinn Griffiths Basement Dub) Federico Molinari
4 15:21 Paradise Garage Alex Arnout
5 20:31 Let's work DJ Ra Soul
6 25:41 Tsholohelo (Main Mix) Jason Cheiron Feat. Wada
7 29:52 Caipiroska (Tigerskin Remix) Affkt
8 36:19 Everything is Illuminated Jesus Gonsev
9 42:50 These Dark Rhodes Wonji
10 50:35 Shabaan Music (Main) Problem Child
11 54:58 Sax In The City (Raw Artistic Soul Remix) Hood Natives Feat. Mac Z
12 54:23 Getting Closer The Urban District
13 68:47 Brighten (Atnarko's Deep South Remix) Hipp-E
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RHH12 - Throwback (Hip-Hop Mix)

• December 2nd, 2014

It's just that when you heard hip-hop, no matter where you were, it was a culture that kind of made you want to try to be part of it. Whether you thought you were an artist, whether you thought you could be a DJ, whether you thought you could breakdance, or whether you thought you could rap. It was the kind of culture that had a lot of open doors.
Ice T

I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different.
Mos Def

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Mixaloop Intro N/A
2 00:42 Big Poppa (1995 Version) Notorious B.I.G
3 4:41 Episodes The Roots
4 10:22 Streets on Lock Young Jeezy
5 13:33 You Got It J. Cole Feat. Wale
6 17:59 Waste of Time Raphael Saadiq/Snoop Dogg
7 21:06 I got 5 on It Luniz
8 24:46 No Diggity Blackstreet Feat. Dr. Dre
9 29:07 Dance With The Devil Immortal Technique
10 31:58 Fight Music D12
11 36:16 Innermission Prhym8
12 37:34 Reunited Wu-Tang Clan
13 42:51 Foolish Ashanti
14 46:13 It Just Don't Stop The Roots
15 50:44 The Roach (The Chronic Outro) Dr. Dre
16 55:14 Street Dreams NAS
17 59:12 This World Is Mine (Plan B Studio Version) Roots Manuva
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RH4 - Once Upon a Time (Soulful House Mix)

• November 28th, 2014

Well with Year-End festivities fast approaching, I thought I would step it a bit with the fun Dance stuff. There will be at least three more in the next few weeks and perhaps the only surprise is that I am including Hip Hop …old-school and Vintage Hits from the 80s and 90s. I know that I had said I will no longer make Hip Hop sets but in all honesty, my problems with Hip Hop have to do with the modern stuff rather than the classics of the past ..especially the 90s which, together with the early noughties, produced just about all my favourite Hip Hop tracks. I still collect some of the modern stuff because you just never know if you will need to use it one day …if a person ever really can feel that they NEED to play a specific Hip Hop track. But who knows – someone might ask for it.

Just one more thing in relation to this and it’s the following: Many Producers of modern dance music seem hell-bent on destroying as many ears as possible! I mean, when I do a spectral analysis of my track I find the damn thing is loud enough. The fact that it sounds soft compared to the next 11 tracks is astonishing and is 100% to be blamed on Producers that, in the words of one expert Sound Engineer, “compress the sh%t out of EVERYTHING”! How has music become so loud that on your smartphone a volume setting of 4/10 is loud?!? I cannot even play most modern music on my home theater because even with a Bass setting of zero I still get booming bass in the room …too much to bear. Or maybe the intended market is people with “Bass Boxes” consisting of Subwoofers in the trunks/boots of their cars?? Whatever the reason trust me, it is not good for the ears and my advice is to listen wisely. When we get to be 60 years old one day it will matter!

Anyway I hope you enjoy this set. It is called “Once Upon A Time” because it consists mostly of classic Soulful House tracks from the 90s. Next up is a review of the Hip Hop of the same era …and maybe later we review the Electronic Lounge music of the same time too. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Ride The Storm (Funky Melting Pot Mashup) Keith Monale Feat. Akabu
2 06:30 Hideaway Jan Kincaid
3 11:42 Dangly Panther Jimster
4 14:03 Turning The Tide Jinadu
5 18:50 This Means That [Vocal Sax's Mix) Paul Randolph
6 26:30 The Nervous Track Nuyorican Soul
7 31:44 I Wanna Be With You Undercontrol Feat. TL
8 35:30 Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix) Barbara Tucker
9 41:45 Dont Mess With My Man T-Empo
10 48:26 All About the Love (Vocal Dub) Leo Portela
11 52:17 Everybody Get Down ASculptured Music
12 58:25 In My Lifetime Ezel Feat Tamara Wellons
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RL78 Cross Genre: Vintage Pop meets Iconic Soul (Compilation)

• November 21st, 2014

Back when I was young and still very much wet behind the ears I was exposed to a lot of Soul music through my parents who had stacks of records which they recently passed on to me. I, and my brothers, were lucky in that my parents were pretty open in their musical tastes. You could find anything in their collection from Barry White, to Elvis Presley to Reverend Cleveland and his Choir. There were (and are) also lots of assorted classical records including Beethoven and Mozart. Perhaps the only thing that surprised me recently (I am in the slow process of digitizing these albums) was finding “Handel’s Messiah – The Choir of Kings College, Cambridge” in the collection! Even I do not have music buying habits that go that deep …

Soul, though, is what my parents mostly played. When I went to school however, I was exposed to mainstream Pop and unlike many of my generation, I liked it. I found nothing wrong with the likes of Depeche Mode and Spandau Ballet and I did not find the label “white music” to be a significant barrier. For me it was just good music and the fact that a white or black person made it was like me worrying if my fast food burger was made by a white or black person. The stomach does not discriminate and neither do my ears.

So I lived this double existence in my youth – listening to “black music” with Black people and “white music” with White people and I had the time of my life! Personally I thought I was living twice the life that the unfortunate souls who existed in only one group lived. One second I would be rocking to Falco’s “Rock me Amadeus” with school mates and, when I got home, I would kick it with friends while listening to Kool and the Gang. Of course, there was always the risk of losing my “ghetto pass” but I never made the mistake of suddenly singing “I love Rock and Roll” in the wrong company!

Related to that, and just as a side note and really, not to be unnecessarily defensive, but I do not want it to “rain men”. I am heterosexual and would have a different wish altogether. But a great song is a great song but this sure is one song you will never hear me singing out aloud!

Anyway here is my world as it was through the 80s and 90s. In a way, I am inviting you into the mind of a teenager for whom less was never more when it came to music.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 What's Going On Marvin Gaye
2 03:44 More than a Woman Bee Gees
3 06:50 C'Est La Vie Robbie Nevil
4 10:08 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine Lou Rawls
5 13:37 Only You Flying Picketts
6 16:51 Where Is The Love Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway
7 19:28 Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
8 24:08 Fade To Gray Visage
9 27:41 What Am I Gonna Do With You Barry White
10 31:05 Black Man Ray China Crisis
11 34:24 Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
12 37:07 I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
13 40:11 Labelle Lady Marmalade
14 44:00 September Earth, Wind & Fire
15 47:28 Stumble It In Chris Norman and Suzi Quatro
16 51:20 My First, My Last, My Everything Barry White
17 55:46 It's Raining Men The Weather Girls
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RL77 - Jazzy Moments in Eternity

• November 11th, 2014

Thanks to questionable characters that scour the internet on a perpetual hunt for the next victim, I am not going to be stupid enough to publicly announce what has become of my home studio. All I can say is that I am grateful, happy and am looking forward to many mixes and many creative moments …some of which you will hopefully hear. I am probably going to start with a re-production of that remix I did of Akabu’s “Ride the Storm”. Personally I like the original remix but it probably could do with a couple more variations in sound and maybe also some additional mastering. It will have to wait for more creative times though …right now is probably not a good time due to some other possible changes happening in my life …possibly ..I don’t know.

But check out this Funky Jazzy Lounge music!! Man this stuff is FUN! I am not sure why but images of the dancing Brown Bear in the animated movie “Jungle Book” come to mind. Did you see it? He was singing “The Bare Necessities” and was having the time of his life. Well this is that type of music – it is fun and free of the pattern-based requirements and rules of House music ..and much of the Lounge soundscape come to think it. In my mind, I seem to think that this is the type of music that is performed by people who really do not give a f*&k. They are in it for the art and they do not mind doing music as a secondary career if it means producing the type of sound they love. Trust me – the vast majority of people are not buying this music. I have had “Beach Day” for close to 8 years and have not heard it played ANYWHERE. The same can be said for much of the music in this mix and as you will hear, it is not for a lack of appeal that people are not buying it – it is because when it comes down to it, people will choose what they know and to many ears Jazzy music is something that only “old timers” listen to. Well that is their loss because they are missing out on a type of music that richly rewards the listener who has an open mind and a definite affinity with things that are fun and stress free and my God how so many of us could do with some fun and stress free-ness …

Please give Jazzy Lounge a chance? Some of us are devotees and subscribe to the “Keep Jazzy Lounge Alive” movement. I hope that soon you too will be a subscriber. Cheers and please enjoy.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 U The Dining Rooms
2 03:45 Living the Truth Guy Monk
3 07:58 Across Waters Deja-Move Meets Mr. Yoshiaki
4 15:24 Jazzanova Cocktail Mirage of Deep
5 21:48 Boogaloo master The Halftones
6 27:07 Beach Day Riolistic
7 32:24 El ritmo de Miami Tetris
8 37:32 Islamorada Fishing Company Sven Van Hees
9 41:47 Great Shape Twelve Code
10 44:56 Daytona Beach Track Info Lost
11 48:33 Cotton Candy PNFA
12 51:45 Saturday Afternoon Track Info Lost
13 55:44 Tell Me U Want Me (Chilli Mix) Hispana Hombres
14 59:05 Meteor Dotmatic
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