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.

Pop Essentials: 3 Decades of Nostalgia Pt. 2 (Compilation)

September 24th, 2016

It would honestly be criminal of me to not share the wondrous lyrics in "Word of Mouth" by Mike & The Mechanics. From the first days I heard it, I always thought it was the independent thinkers anthem. The relevance remains as strong today as it did back then, in fact, maybe even more so. It is immense! Good music is made better by good lyrics but when those lyrics turn out to be good life advice, we have gold ...of a quite rare variety these days in the contemporary pop world. Enjoy and sing that s**t LOUD!

Now the world is getting older
There's a few things to be said
Do you believe the things they told you
Do you believe the things you've read

There's a rumour on the corner
But it's always been denied
Cause they don't want you any wiser
You're just toeing the party line

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

Look out for those who still want to hang on
Look out for those who live in the past
Get out and listen to the whisper
Because the times are changing fast

From the west side to the east side
From the north side to the south
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

You don't believe the information
You don't believe it when it's denied
So when you're reading explanations
You have to read between the lines

From the west side to the east side
Through the windows I'm looking out
You'll never get bad information
If you believe in the word of mouth

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Lifted Lighthouse Family
2 04:23 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) Soul II Soul Feat. Caron Wheeler
3 08:01 Unbelievable EMF
4 11:31 Word Of Mouth Mike & The Mechanics
5 15:13 Just Another Day Jon Secada
6 19:25 All Of Me John Legend
7 23:52 King Of The Dancehall Beanie Man
8 27:23 In The Shadows The Rasmus
9 31:18 Let's Talk About Sex Salt 'N Pepa
10 34:57 Hot In Here Nelly
11 38:34 I Don't Feel Like Dancing Scissor Sisters
12 43:21 Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'Arby
13 47:42 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) US3 Feat. Rahsaan & Gerard Presencer
14 52:03 Lovefool Cardigans
15 55:17 Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 59:06 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
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RH57 - Keep Jazzy House Alive!

September 23rd, 2016

“One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you all right? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Together (Richelle Claiborne & Neil Stalnaker) Dee C'rell
2 05:18 White Shoes Harley&Muscle
3 10:39 The Fragrance of Life Blue Wave
4 15:12 So Good (Moodymanc Jazz a Dub ft. Steve Parry) Francesco Zani feat. Steve Parry
5 20:46 Feel Alive Five Seasons
6 24:21 If Only For One Night (Cajmere & Russoul Mix) Russoul, Ari Lourdes
7 32:01 Kept Honor Harley&Muscle
8 37:24 Fantasia Aquarius
9 42:01 Para Mi Churri Deep F.M.
10 47:39 Friends Far Away End Of Twins
11 53:16 Not Just a Landscape QQQ
12 58:24 Guns and Colors (Modell & Mercier Mix) Chick Le Chic
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RHH14 - Hip Hop Essentials: 3 Decades Of Street Kknowledge Pt. 2 (PG)

September 19th, 2016

I am going to do my best to do these Essential mixes/compilations as a bonus mix every week until we are through. There is just too much music to get through and we are barely scratching the surface here. For as long as these line up waiting, we fall further and further back with our core business and that is Lounge and House. Remember that we have Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Reggae – that is at least over 1000 tracks!

As mentioned before, when I travel I do not come back empty handed so PLEASE check out “Desde Mi Ventana” and “Un'altra Cosa Che Ho Perso”. French and Italian Hip Hop are big in their respective countries and there was no way I was going to be left out. They have great Hip Hop scenes and the quality of the music bears testimony to that fact. Remember that this blog does not only have a North American following – we have huge numbers from the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Russia and there is no way they can left out. Unfortunately I have yet to visit Germany and Russia but I can ASSURE you that the Nurburgring Nordschleife and St. Petersburg are definitely on my list of places to visit …especially The Ring. As I keep telling my friends - The Green Hell and I have a reckoning coming. Its just too bad it has to be in a rented Suzuki Swift rather than one of my own cars ...

Anyway enjoy and Cheers till Friday ...or the weekend. Have a great week and be safe!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Can't Stop (Acappella) 4th Pyramid
2 01:13 The Recipe Kendrick Lamar Feat. Dr. Dre
3 05:51 I Heard It All Before Big K.R.I.T.
4 09:25 Slow Jamz Kanye West (Feat. Twista & Jami F)
5 14:33 What You Know T.I.
6 18:54 Deuces Chris Brown Feat. Tyga & Kevin Mc
7 23:01 Sunshine Floetry
8 26:35 I'm On One DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross
9 31:55 Loyalty Birdman Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga
10 35:40 Live In The Sky T.I. Feat. Janie Foxx
11 41:25 Off And On 50 Cent
12 44:14 Party Beyonce Feat. Kanye West & J. Cole
13 48:12 Exhibit C Jay Electronica
14 53:27 Hustler Musik Lil Wayne
15 58:24 One Of Ours Part 2 Mobb Deep (Feat Jadak)
15 01:02.3 Streets on Lock Young Jeezy
16 01:05.30 Desde Mi Ventana Canelason
17 01:09.40 Un'altra Cosa Che Ho Perso Articolo 31
18 01:13.3 I got 5 on It Luniz
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RL98 - Café del Mar Travel Companion (Chillout Compilation)

September 17th, 2016

The single biggest influence on my Lounge and Chillout tastes has been, without a shadow of a doubt, Café del Mar. It’s rich musical variety and, at times, experimental approach, has been nothing short of inspirational. It is thanks to them that I weaned myself off contemporary pop and embraced what was called World Music. I was swept away by the Island sounds in times of joy, consoled by the Electronic Lounge sounds in times of sadness and energized by the musical variety whenever I traveled. Indeed, few other compilations make for better travel music. This is because when you travel, you feel like a World Citizen and what better way to drive that point home than by listening to music selected from all over the World?

I was not going to do this compilation this week but I promised it and it would have taken at least two months before I got another chance to do it. The weather is also dark today and the sky is pregnant with rain – what better way to enjoy a Saturday morning that to spend some time with the del Mar collection I figured. Initially it was going to be just an “Essential” collection but as I was listening to the music I could not help but recall my last trip to Napoli in Italy. We too often make the mistake of esteeming music for its own sake rather than the connection it makes with people and places. I hope, if you are familiar with the sounds of del Mar, that you are taken back to good connections.

"Beauty for the most part, consists in objects of sight; but it is also received through the ears, by the skillful composition of words, and the consonant proportion of sounds; for in every species of harmony, beauty is to be found." – Plotinus.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Higher Rue du Soleil
2 05:12 Trocadero Fernando Maranon
3 09:29 Morning Light Skinny
4 17:14 Sunrise DJ Thunda
5 23:33 68 Moves Underwolves
6 27:11 Le vent m'a dit La Caina
7 32:44 Eternity Stigma
8 37:19 Skyline Elmara
9 40:10 Sun is Shining Reunited
10 47:34 Someone like you Blank and Jones Feat. Mike Francis
11 52:42 Winter Pageant Aromabar
12 56:34 Altogether Blue Horns of Plenty
13 01:02.5 I See Kotik
14 01:07.0 Sunset People Steen Thottup Feat. Katie McGregor
15 01:11.4 Otis Koru
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RL97 - The Lounge/ChillHouse Conundrum (ChillHouse Mix)

September 16th, 2016

There is a fictional story told of a mighty meeting that occurred between two larger-than-life personalities back in the BC days. These men were absolute giants in the field of thought. I am talking of course about the mighty Confucius and the enigmatic Lao Tzu. One would have expected an epic clash of ideals and philosophy but when they met, they said nothing to each other. Each was clearly aware that the other was a Master. After looking each other over they sat under a P’o tree in silence – facing opposite directions.

What then ensued is a puzzling conversation which many passers-by thought was a curious argument. One would say one thing and the other would reply with a seemingly completely unrelated thought. It was bizarre. For example, Lau Tzu would say “Being and non-being produce each other; difficult and easy complete each other; long and short contrast each other; high and low distinguish each other; front and back follow each other”. To THIS statement Confucius replied “A superior man in dealing with the world is not for or against anything.” What?!?

One can only imagine how baffling the whole conversation sounded for anyone not schooled in philosophical thought. To those who knew though, the two men were proving the eternal truth that all opposites are just two sides of the same thing. The statements were not contradictory – they expressed the same perennial ideas from opposite ends. The conversation was the very epitome of wisdom.

This is how I feel about high-tempo Lounge and ChillHouse – they may sound contradictory but really they are just the same thing but with different approaches. ChillHouse tends to imitate the House music Four-To-The-Floor beat pattern whereas Lounge takes a free-flowing approach. Ultimately though they resolve to the same thing and that is just damn good music.

On an administrative note, I am sorry I did not deliver on the Café del Mar Tribute as promised last week. It is just that this week has been rough and something upbeat was needed. The Café del Mar music is there though and is not going anywhere. I would love to do it next but there is a list of mixes that people have been nagging me for that need to come before that. It would probably be best to avoid predictions in future and just go with what the time and mood prescribes. Cheers for now.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Island Lover Lazy Hammock
2 03:48 Do Love Ep (Yellowtail Remix) Temma Teje
3 07:35 In The Park Soul Clap, Tanner Ross, Sergio Santos Feat. Ben Westbeech
4 13:24 Pie In The Sky L.O.B.
5 19:04 Small NY Deeper Sublime
6 26:03 My Love For You DJ Pier Green
7 29:15 Siempre (Jon Kennedy Remix) Mujaji
8 33:54 Miles And Miles (Slowly Mix) PNFA
9 38:25 What A Beautiful Day Nathan G
10 43:56 Love Hangover Jettricks Feat. Adefunke
11 48:56 Serenity (12 Version) Prosumer feat. Murat Tepeli
12 51:56 New Dawn Lazy Hammock
13 57:11 Inhale, Exhale J Rawls Feat. Venus Malone Wordsworth
14 1:01:06 Solana Dave Ross
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RH56 - Deep Seduction (Deep House Grooves)

September 10th, 2016

What can one possibly call it but Seductive? From the beginning it sucks you in with a bouncy and edgy feel. They keys in "Togetherness" are pure class and seem to skip along the musical wavelengths. Then comes the crushingly Funky "Brighten" by Hipp-E - a song seemingly only focused on moving feet and man does it do the job. It is an Energy Vacuum in song!

"Breath" by Imugen Orihasam will either elevate you with its Jazzy sound, or give you a slight break from the moving effect of the first two songs. Think "Jazzy Deep" but think outside the usual Trumpet etc. "I Need Somebody Tonight" by Joey Negro is a certified classic. It has been moving feet and backsides since back in the day and shows no sign of age to many ears. As I have always said - the Soulful House of today is a shadow of the Deep Soul of the 90s and 00s.

"AROL" gives us a break from the pounding Four-To-The-Floor and introduces a slight variation. I have always loved Deep House that breaks the pattern. I enjoy how you can clearly hear that variety in Deep House is alive and well. "Sax In The City" takes us back to an elaborated form of the Jazzy Sound we heard in "Breath". This is what I meant recently when I referred to doing a Jazzy Deep session in the near future. "Brighten" and "Breath" are a taster.

And finally here is a final thought by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who wrote Paul:

Graeme Willy: You are an alien!
Paul: To you I am, yes.
Graeme Willy: Are you gonna probe us?
Paul: Why does everyone always assume that? What am I doing? Am I harvesting farts? How much can I learn from an ass?

Next up is a Cafe del Mar tribute. Good times ahead in the Sound Department - enjoy.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Togetherness Beppe Gioia and Thomas Toccafo
2 07:41 Brighten (Atnarko's Deep South Mix) Hipp-E
3 13:57 The Golden Cell Addex
4 19:42 Breath (Let me do it again) Imugen Orihasam
5 25:36 I Need Somebody Tonight (Audiowhores Remix) Joey Negro, Thelma Houston
6 31:33 AROL H Justini
7 36:55 Time Lars Behrenroth
8 43:04 Take Me Back (Atjazz Afrotech Remix) Kings Of Tomorrow feat. April
9 49:13 Chicago Dale Howard
10 56:53 Sax In The City (Raw Artistic Soul Remix) Hood Natives Feat. Mac Z
11 01:06.45 Eureka Soul (Main) Problem Child
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RR1 - Bush Philosophy (Reggae Compilation)

September 3rd, 2016

We live in a critical age. We are more inclined towards criticism rather than admiration. I cannot remember the last time I had a conversation with someone where there was more praise than criticism ..and this on ANY subject. I also cannot count the number of amazing videos I have seen on YouTube and yet when I flick through the comment section, I find many comments equivalent to the irritating and frustrating-to-hear “MEH”. A lot of the time this is because people have a memory of seeing or hearing something better than what they are seeing or hearing on, say, YouTube. Suddenly the thing does not get judged on its merits – it gets its judgement based on the merits of other things that happened in the past.

It is precisely this trend of thought that is destroying reggae in the wider community. These days it is stuck in the underground and among Rastafarians. It is getting harder to find new stuff. Go to any CD store and it’s the usual legends of the past. It seems that we will not let Reggae break itself loose from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Winston Rodney and Crowd. While I would love to wade into the underground for fresh material, I really do not have the inclination, bandwidth or lungs to do it. And thus my collection stays focused on the legends with the occasional sprinkling of modern tracks. For me Reggae evolved into Dancehall just like Reggae itself evolved from Ska. But unfortunately Dancehall just is not hitting the popularity of the classic reggae of the 70s and 80s. People are hearing it and saying “Meh – its not Bob Marley level is it”? Like I said, we live in a critical age.

While this release has focused a lot on the classics, future compilations will include Dancehall and more Dubs. I personally refuse to let a critical attitude stand in the way of me enjoying anything. I strive to look only for the good and I hope, as you listen to the mix, the same spirit of openness is with you. Enjoy.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Cultural Dub Linton Kwesi Johnson
2 03:22 Iron Sharpening Iron Culture
3 07:08 Natural Mystic Bob Marley & The Wailers
4 10:25 Brain Food Burning Spear
5 13:21 Innocent Blood Culture
6 18:55 Rhythm of Life Third World
7 21:45 Soldiers Steel Pulse
8 26:13 Give Me Burning Spear
9 29:15 Pimper's Paradise Bob Marley
10 32:35 Everybody Needs Lovin' Toots & the Maytals
11 35:37 Bush Doctor Peter Tosh
12 39:35 King UB40
13 44:02 It Noh Funny Linton Kwesi Johnson
14 47:33 Mystic Man Peter Tosh
15 53:21 Come In Girl Don Carlos
16 56:35 Cool Meditation Third World
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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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