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.

RH81 - A Muse (Chillhouse Mix)

June 29th, 2017

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. -Unknown

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Fish & More Qbo
2 05:35 Pizzicato Polka (Jeremiah Remix) Jeremiah
3 09:35 A Happy Day Club Camarillo
4 15:01 Reborn Cham O'
5 21:05 Sweet Inspiration Solanos
6 26:14 Life's A Beach (Todd Terje Remix) Studio
7 31:33 Dreaming Cosmo Notes
8 36:15 A Happy Day Club Camarillo
9 41:23 Yearning For More Enrico Donner
10 46:01 Never Give Up Herbert
11 60:24 Welcome To My Soul Overflow

 

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RP10 - Eclectic: Episode 1 (Inter-Genre Compilation)

June 26th, 2017

‘eclectic’ as in, made up of different things from different sources. Lets face it, that’s what the Funky Melting Pot is all about. The One becomes the many, and the many become the One. Love or worship the One, and surely you would have to love or worship the many too right? Same for music – we love one genre and then we come to love all. The ‘Eclectic Vibes’ series will represent a trawl through multiple genres just for funkywise tracks …lasting funkyware that is standing the test of time. No newbie stuff here.

I apologise in advance if swearing offends you. Sadly (for you), an overwhelming number of Hip Hop tracks that can be said to have stood the test of time are unavoidable for the serious music collector. Maybe future episodes will include clean tracks only …but seriously …ignoring and judging the language of the times is just head-in-the-sand stuff. Its acceptable and maybe even commendable to choose not to use it …and to choose to associate with people who do not but to then wipe out vast sections of arts and culture …well …yeah. A bit of a leap that for me … Anyway, enjoy …I hope.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Oh Bumbo Klaat Peter Tosh
2 04:29 Waiting in Vain (Alternate Version) Bob Marley & The Wailers
3 09:06 The Way You Do The Things You Do UB40
4 11:57 N.N. Out (Salida) Dotmatic
5 17:06 You Don't Love Me (No No No) Dawn Penny
6 21:35 The Resistance Drake
7 25:14 Why Am I A Rastaman Cultur
8 29:18 Wash Your Worries Away Trelly Mo
9 32:48 Letter To My Son (Instrumental) Don Trip f. Cee-Lo
10 36:42 The Door D'Angelo and the Vanguard
11 39:49 Sweetness Michelle Gayle
12 43:19 Telephone Love June Lodge
13 47:29 It was a good day Ice Cube
14 51:49 Reggae Got Soul Toots Hibbert
15 54:48 Brown Sugar D'Angelo
16 58:39 All Your Love K'La The Lyricist

 

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RH80 - organic (Deep House Mix)

June 24th, 2017

Deep House has many flavours and almost all popular ones are played at 125 BPM and beyond. But down there, in the rarely visited depths, deep in the bosom of the unfathomable, resides a Deep House culture acutely schooled in the arts of low BPM funkyware. We are talking between 110 and 116 beats per minute. It is a peculiar experience …sometimes even a shock to the senses. At these sort of pedestrian speeds, something transmutes Deep House and it’s familiar sounds. The grooves hit harder, the bass lifts you at a much more rapid pace - things are altogether just so much funkier! This stuff is gold. This is what you would hear in proper places away from the main road …dark jazzy spaces filled with epic characters. This is the path less trodden people. Enjoy it!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 If U Want Me Cisco Cisco
2 06:12 Summer Afternoons (Verano Remix) nikosf.
3 11:44 Four Horizons Sub-Missions
4 16:58 Don't (Sellouts Slo mo Vibe) Matin
5 23:02 Circles And Spheres Sub Made
6 26:20 Get Up Craig Bratley
7 31:52 Shaiker AIL
8 37:22 Midday at Sudek's Hubert Clarke Jr
9 41:06 Real Love Sello
10 49:21 Heart Opacity Addex
11 55:10 Resonance (Main Mix) EmgeeNine

 

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RH79 - The Return Of Plastic Mediums (Jazzy House Mix)

June 22nd, 2017

We're the first technology-creating species. We use technology to extend our reach. We didn't stay in the caves, and we haven't stayed on the planet. To play jazz with our genomes and the universe might ultimately be what we're all about. -Jason Silva

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Rose Rouge St. Germain
2 06:28 It's A Jazz Thing Lau Frank
3 12:27 Harmony Collective Addis
4 16:05 El Pampero Club Camarillo Feat. Dj Riquo
5 21:02 Piano Madness J.Axel
6 24:56 The Fragrance of Life Blue Wave
7 29:25 I Am A Believer KqueSol
8 36:15 Easy to Remember St. Germain
9 44:58 Take Five (Luyo 'Roald & Umberto' Tribute Mix) Djazz Set, Luyo
10 49:45 Degraded Nation Harley&Muscle
11 54:06 Indian Summer [Shankar Mix] Nitin Singh

 

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RL132 - Stormy Lounging (Lounge Mix)

June 11th, 2017

The fish dwell in the depths of the waters, and the eagles in the sides of heaven; the one, though high, may be reached with the arrow, and the other, though deep, with the hook; but the heart of man at a foot's distance cannot be known. -Burmese Saying

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 My Heart Stil Beating Slava Mayer
2 03:38 All Through The Night Emancipator
3 07:28 No Matter What Blue Wave
4 12:20 Antologia Café Del Mar Melibea
5 17:54 Full Moon [Sitra Mix] Leda G
6 21:02 Soleil d'hiver (Sunrise Mix) Ielo
7 25:35 Moonshine Carlos Dibiza
8 29:54 Soulsalicious Sunset Session Group
9 35:28 Talking in Whispers Shivana Faction
10 40:31 Magnetic Lights Bio Logical Theory
11 45:34 Lemon Squash Monodeluxe
12 50:57 Einfach Nur Chillen (Club Mix) Chillwalker
13 56:08 A Tribute To Cafe Del Mar Al-faris And Andrew Wooden

 

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RL131 - Pearls From The Chill Mafia (Lounge Mix)

June 7th, 2017

WISDOM OF THE SOUL

1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.
2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.
3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
4. Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
5. Success stops when you do.
6. When your ship comes in. ... make sure you are willing to unload it.
7. You will never "have it all together."
8. Life is a journey... not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
9. The biggest lie on the planet: "When I get what I want I will be happy."
10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
11. I've learned that ultimately 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.
12. Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.
13. If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.
14. We often fear the thing we want the most.
15. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
16. Look for opportunities …not guarantees.
17. Life is what's coming …not what was.
18. Success is getting up one more time.
19. Now is the most interesting time of all.
20. When things go wrong …don' t go with them.
21. Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
22. A person who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes, but a person who doesn't ask, is a fool forever.
23. A best friend is like a four leaf clover ...hard to find, and lucky to have.
24. I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.
25. Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look behind.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Night Cruisin Vincenzo and Rivera
2 04:31 Close Habib Tanar
3 09:58 Journey To Mandurai Sunyata Project
4 14:29 Blue Moon Enigmatic
5 19:00 Road To Sunrise Spiridion
6 24:16 Samarkand Krystian Shek
7 29:32 Manics Baba Çay
8 34:26 In The Evening Keisuke Sakai
9 38:34 Loafin' The Deadbeats
10 43:02 Weather Storm Massive Attack
11 48:11 View (FMP Edit) Magnus Wedberg
12 53:27 Seven Chills Club Des Belugas
13 57:35 The Keeper Bonobo Feat. Andreya Triana

 

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RH78 - Distortion (Deep House Mix)

June 5th, 2017

I have mentioned before, and will again at some length in future, how I believe Pythagoras was the world’s first DJ. As well as being known as the “Father of Mathematics” and the “Father of Geometry”, he is also known as the “Father of Music”. This latter epithet came about because he discovered the musical intervals and, having transposed his Numerological system on the musical scales, was also able to heal the body using Music. In fact, he would, as per ancient sources, routinely prescribe music as medicine.

Now, why am I mentioning this if it’s not about the DJ angle? Before I go into that, let me share this quote by Marie Thompson, author of “Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017)”:

"At its most intense, noise music disorganizes the body, it disrupts the organization of the organs. It transforms the organs into a thousand ears, the ears into a vibrating, fluttering drum skin. Noise music addresses me as matter, rendering the body porous. I can feel it in my lungs, my stomach, my throat; it can turn me inside out."

If we assume Pythagoras is right, and many of us believe him to be, and that Marie Thompson knows what she is talking about, then what you want to do is make sure you treat your ears and body to the best experience of the music that you can afford. I am talking about getting a good set of earphones. With the cheap stuff, you miss out on frequencies and sounds that might be of physical benefit to you in some unknown ways. And even if there are no physical benefits, surely you want to experience the vision of the Producer as he or she intended it to be? Artist after artist, and Producer after producer tell us repeatedly how the actual physical product never quite matches up to the mental version of whatever it is they did. Now if you, on top of that, use a bad set of earphones, then you are taking your experience even further away from that original mental form that gave inspiration to the produced thing.

Speaking of Pythagoras, he also came up with the “Golden Mean”. This theory or teaching states there is always a desirable path between two extremes and that this path must always be preferred. He based everything he did on this. The ancient followers of Hermes believed the same in the form of the Law of Rhythm. Christians are taught “Moderation”, a similar teaching. In that spirit, when you go out and get a good set of earphones, know that you can safely apply the Golden Mean. You do not need to go too expensive or too cheap – chose the Middle Path like the Pythagoreans, or the Buddhists, or the followers of Trismegistus. Your ears, body and bank balance will thank you when you look back 20 years from now and your earphones are standing the test of time.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 How You Make Me Smile (Vincenzo Remix) Jody Wisternoff, Pete Josef
2 05:38 Souldistorsion Addex
3 11:47 The Dub Mushroom Boyz
4 16:53 Believe (Igor Gonya Remix) Kalou, Igor Gonya
5 22:01 Moses (Original Mix) Sascha Funke, Nina Kraviz
6 24:57 Open Your eyes Steve Froggatt
7 30:05 Dss Black Russian
8 35:58 Believe Prez, Brujita
9 41:51 On The Rhode Yost & Funk Beatkilla Remix
10 46:28 Lost Dave Mayer
11 53:07 Caipiroska (Tigerskin Remix) Affkt
12 59:31 Backflip Shuffle Chris Lattner
13 65:09 1976 Ripperton

 

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RL130 - Beatitudes (Jazzy Lounge & Latin Lounge Compilation)

June 1st, 2017

I have been listening to a lot of music quietly in the background while working these days. A lot of it has been Jazzy Lounge and Latin Lounge – a perfect choice since much of it has no lyrics. A few of the tracks stood out and I thought I would share them here. There is no particular order and the two genres are thrown together in a way that promotes enjoyment rather than flow. Getting away from beat-matching, occasionally, allows the exploration of different ways of doing things. Things still flow ..but not with the traditional transitions of a mix proper. In my humble view, It works just as well for a smooth and engaging listening experience. I hope you agree. Enjoy and cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Passing Dolphins (Cool Sax Mix) Jazz Connection
2 04:48 Indelette Jazz Bar
3 08:51 Medina (Numero 55 Mixture) Cecil From Cardoba
4 14:23 Mirage T.I.L
5 20:35 Costa del Sol (Sunshine Mix) Chillwalker
6 25:47 Contigo Para Siempre La Mafia
7 31:24 Love Affair Bloomberg
8 35:45 Alive J-Boogie's Dubtronic Science
9 40:26 Give Me Lovin Orange Music
10 46:33 No Boarderline Newton
11 50:56 Fancy Zigo
12 53:18 Splende T.I.L
13 58:10 Flower of Life Florals

 

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