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.

RL138 - Repressed Chestnuts (Lounge Mix)

July 31st, 2017

REMEMBER YOUR GREATNESS -Suzy Kassem

Before you were born,
And were still too tiny for
The human eye to see,
You won the race for life
From among 250 million competitors.
And yet,
How fast you have forgotten
Your strength,
When your very existence
Is proof of your greatness.
You were born a winner,
A warrior,
One who defied the odds
By surviving the most gruesome
Battle of them all.
And now that you are a giant,
Why do you even doubt victory
Against smaller numbers,
And wider margins?
The only walls that exist,
Are those you have placed in your mind.
And whatever obstacles you conceive,
Exist only because you have forgotten
What you have already
Achieved.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 To All Of You Rjd2
2 04:05 Road To Sunrise Spiridion
3 09:23 When You Are Gone (Piano Session Mix) The Man behind C.
4 15:13 Don't Cast Me In The Shade Pino Shamlou
5 20:15 Night Mail Man In A Room Feat. Civilian
6 25:28 One Step Slow Motion Replay, Yannah Valdevit
7 29:41 La Mer mystique (Hang Up Mix) Cafe Americaine
8 33:47 You Gotta Be Free Lemongrass Feat. Karen Gibson Roc
9 37:13 Un Poema Con Amor Flamingo Star
10 41:00 Authentic Life Rhythmphoria
11 46:20 Flying With No Wings Cane Garden Quartet
12 51:40 Secrets Lazy Grooves
13 55:43 Passion Fruit Lemongrass

 

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RH85 - Bounce Logik (Deep House Mix)

July 30th, 2017

There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does. - John Green

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Everything Is Illuminated Jesus Gonsev
2 08:45 Circles DJ Whisky Feat Nomfundo
3 14:38 Caipiroska Affkt
4 21:03 Poor Man Atjazz & Jullian Gomes
5 26:25 Alter Ego (Phonique Remix) Kevin Yost
6 32:14 Catalina (Jose Marquez Remix) The Djoon Experience
7 37:37 Corpulent (Pezzner Remix Version 1) Jus Nowhere, Pezzner
8 43:47 Paso Nonte Pinto
9 50:26 Switch Flashmob
10 56:35 Somewhere Jullian Gomes, Martin Iveson
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RL137 - Vintage Hookah & Buddha Bar Lounge (Compilation)

July 26th, 2017

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle. - Paulo Coelho

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Asian Beauty Chillmakers
2 06:54 Journeyman Bob Holroyd
3 12:48 Ode to Krishna Ratnabali
4 18:31 Cold Sea (Chill Ocean Mix) Impresia Visions
5 24:43 Live From Heart Trincha
6 28:01 Goa Dreams (Reflective Mix) Maha Samable
7 32:30 Easy Man Kimikumana
8 36:37 Khaleegi Stomp Transglobal Underground
9 40:29 Indian Secret (Shankar Remix) Nitin Singh
10 44:19 Darshan Kenio
11 49:16 Mon Palais de Solitude Sherazade
12 54:19 Krishna (Verity Mix) Quest of Attitude

 

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RH84 - Medicine Man (Deep House Mix)

July 20th, 2017

Love is patient, love is kind; it does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud, it is not rude, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. -Corinthians 1:13

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Change Ep (Change) Stimming
2 07:11 Melancholin Babak
3 11:15 Sundroina E&P, Jinadu
4 18:35 Mai Thai (K-Bana Remix) Groove Department
5 25:09 Not Just a Landscape QQQ
6 30:39 Red & Dread (Migs Deep Disco Tech Dub Edit) Miguel Migs, Mutabaruka
7 36:18 Plastidecor Sonodab
8 42:51 Kelp Nikosf.
9 48:18 King of Sunset De Funk
10 55:26 Working It to the Ride Pablo Fierro

 

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RH83 - Big City Life (Chillhouse vs Lounge Mix)

July 16th, 2017

There is a DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between 116 and 120 BPM where competition is tight in the Dance world. Here all sort of sub-genres rub shoulders, show the middle finger, and constantly strive to get the attention of the buyer. Into these stormy and dangerous seas has stepped a new sub-genre of the experimental House scene – Lounge Music. No one saw it coming. Is this not the music of the chillista? The relaxed? The zero f*cks given crowd? Well, not these days apparently. Lounge has stepped into the fray with some genuine funky contenders – tracks that would make any club owner proud. Here are some of them but over the months we will haply showcase many more. Get your gear on – we are going into the DMZ …enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Yearning For More Enrico Donner
2 05:11 Dreaming Cosmo Notes
3 09:44 Loungy Moments Pearldiver
4 12:48 Deep Vibes Tito Torres
5 18:32 Sometimes You Gotta Walk Away Alex Agore
6 23:51 Rising Sun Don Gorda Project
7 29:44 Hive Mind Forces Of Nature
8 34:32 Feather Cloud Doors In The Sand
9 38:43 Dancin' On The Milky Way The Sura Quintet
10 44:03 Charming Kusuma Orchestra
11 49:16 Mean Lover (Part Time Heroes Remix) Laura Vane, The Vipertones
12 55:47 Our Time Soul Emphasis

 

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RL136 - Vintage del Mar (Café del Mar Tribute Compilation)

July 14th, 2017

While the Café del Mar series of early compilations (from the 90s onwards) did not start the Lounge movement, it certainly did add huge impetus to the movement. At the time I was listening to that World Music and Transglobal Sound which was much “harder” than the Café del Mar sound and was much more closely related to House Music. But from the second I heard the del Mar sound, I loved it. It has a gentler effect on the psyche and seems to carry with it some of the calm that you would expect the sound of ocean waves to have on you …if you have a sensitive constitution of course.

But the key thing about the del Mar series for me is not the sound, it’s the variety. I said it before and I will say it again, it helped me appreciate different sounds from different parts of the world. This tribute gives a good taste of this variety and, I hope, gives a fitting celebration of all that is Café del Mar. The series continues today but for me it has lost that edge of earlier times. This is not the fault of the Compilers – it’s just that they do not make this music like this anymore. Enjoy the good times. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Gabriel Lamb
2 04:09 Desire Blank & Jones
3 08:26 Junto Al Mar Various Artists
4 13:14 Eso es Vigo
5 17:42 Sueno De Una Gaviota J.R Haim
6 22:48 My Freedom Jo Manji
7 28:50 Plenitude Soft Wave
8 34:17 Closer Koru
9 39:56 La mauritia Yann Kuhlmann
10 45:25 Gale in the Waterglass (My Love) Kosta Rodriguez Feat. Amy Gale
11 51:08 Cookie Raver Illumination
12 56:27 Northern Lights Lux

 

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RL135 - Lounge Pimp (Lounge Mix)

July 12th, 2017

All that is old is not therefore necessarily excellent; all that is new is not despicable on that account alone. Let what is really meritorious be pronounced so by the candid judge after due investigation; blockheads alone are influenced by the opinion of others. -Hindu Drama

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Trip Down (Reflex Sound) Beatmasta
2 04:31 Calm And Quiet C.Cil
3 07:09 Come Live With Me Matthew Kyle
4 10:55 Coming Home Pearldriver
5 13:44 Memories Twentyeight
6 18:27 Caliente T_Mo
7 21:16 One Love Dusk
8 24:59 You Are the Light Hawaba-A-Shikwa
9 29:50 The Urban Chill Zone DJ MNX
10 35:01 Mon Amour Lulu Colette
11 40:14 Roke Rithma
12 44:19 Makin Me Foniks
13 46:20 Mellow Foggy Sky
14 51:32 Codimension Silent Breeze
15 56:41 Smoother Things David Nicelrod

 

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RHH20 - Melodic Street Knowledge (Hip Hop Compilation)

July 10th, 2017

A celebration of the melodic and unquestionably funky Hip Hop of the early and late nineties. When it comes to that scene, many of the Usual Suspects are here: The Roots, 2pac, Biggie, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Arrested Development, Tribe Called Quest etc etc. The thing about melodic Hip Hop, and it seems to be a strong characteristic (with some exceptions), is that there is meaningful and often clever lyrical content in the Raps. There is a perceptible intelligence and effort of thought that went into the rhymes. You can never doubt it when listening to The Roots or Tribe Called Quest. These people were artists, and they took pride in something they saw as an art. This is far removed from much of the bubblegum they make these days! For me this is highlighted in my favourite track in this lot – “Nobody Do It Better” by Keith Murray. Check this out:

Keith Murray, the lyrical hannibal flow cannibal
Animalistic tough guy man handle you
I came into this b*tch my style hardcore
Then I heard a hater say he ain't fire no more!
What?! That was me standin on your block with the razor blade
In my mouth back when hip hop was hip hop
For those who don't know or forget

What a track!! Anyway, enjoy these babies ...they are to Hip Hop what Chillhouse is to House Music! Cheers!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Why (What's Goin On?) The Roots
2 04:13 Dear Mama 2pac
3 08:47 Big Poppa (1995) Notorious B.I.G
4 12:51 Episodes The Roots
5 18:47 Ghetto (Clean) Smitty Ft Kanye West Scarface
6 22:27 Grown Folks (Instrumental) Bar-Kays f. The Unknowns
7 26:44 Play Dis Only At Night Pete Rock
8 31:45 Stay Around Talib Kweli
9 35:54 People Everyday Arrested Development
10 39:49 Branded DJ Jazzy Jeff Feat. Pauly Yamz
11 43:10 Bonita Applebum A Tribe Called Quest
12 46:45 Nobody Do It Better Keith Murray ft Junior & Tyres
13 50:34 Voodoo Child (DJ Premier Remix) DJ Cam
14 54:11 21 Questions 50 Cent Feat. Nate Dogg
15 57:49 Hostile Gospel Pt. 2 (Deliver Me) Talib Kweli Feat. Sizzla

 

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RL134 - Between Ocean & Forest (Jazzy Lounge and Latin Chillout)

July 8th, 2017

In this episode we place ourselves in the Islands and find ourselves listening to a combination of Latin and Jazzy Lounge. We start out on a romantic note, with some sweet crooning in Spanish. One does not have to understand a language to get a feel for love and beauty and both “Amor Profundo” and “Herido de Sombras” are fitting and quaint examples. Love seeps out of their every note, every backing instrument, and every back-up singers voice. It is an absolute feast of Love and is sure to get you thinking of a loved one.

While “The New Jazz Five” is not exactly the most Jazzy of tracks, what it is represents Health Food for the sensitive soul. The vocal poetic mumblings, the sweet strings from the Spanish Guitar, the funky percussion, the flute – perfection. “Soulalchemy” is not only cleverly named, but it is also a bit of a shock to the senses. Here is this Michael Jackson like vocalist singing over Latin beats rather than R&B. It works! Great song for those who cannot stomach traditional R&B but kinda like the vocal delivery.

“Faraway” by Kora3000 seems to me to be the perfect travel track. The feel is of “faraway” places where people have drinks with little umbrellas and are generally happy for no other reason than being alive. Who would not enjoy that …even if for only a few minutes.

But really I could go on and on about the highlights but for me, if there was just one track I would beg you to listen to, it would be “Konspiration” – thrown in as a bonus at the end. OMG! The keys, the horns, the vocals, the lyrics, the arrangement, the whole – FIRE! There is something about it that just feels ridiculously romantic and impossibly mixed up between Soul and Jazz. It is just incredibly beautiful. Don’t miss it. Cheers and enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Amor Profundo Julio Jaramillo
2 02:45 Herido de Sombras Ibrahim Ferrer
3 06:58 Barbado El Conductor
4 10:57 The New Jazz Five Weathertunes
5 15:06 Party Time Soulalchemy
6 18:56 People Can't Stop Chillin (Ambient Del Mar Cafe Mix) Guru Sax
7 24:53 Faraway Kora3000
8 29:20 Silencio Johannes Huppertz
9 34:23 Jazz In Your Mind Bernd Langer
10 40:25 Chill On Ios Amorgos
11 47:43 Amore (Latin Mix) Florens; Gasparus Ezekius
12 52:30 Asnowed Nutritous Wax
13 56:44 Under the Sun Neverends Monodeluxe
14 61:51 Konspiration Konferenz

 

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RH82 - Silken Chords (Soulful House Mix)

July 5th, 2017

A selection of Soulful House tracks with a healthy dose of old-school feel. When it comes to Soulful House, the chords are often what it’s all about and not always the vocals. In fact many of the tracks here are Instrumentals with the odd vocal sample thrown in. Soulful House, unlike Soul Music, does not depend on diva-like silky Vocals. The instrumentals can stand strong on their own. Fashionmista, Forever And A Day, Everynight, Let The Music, Voices of Hope, Emerald City, Do You Want it, and One are all excellent examples of glorious instrumental Soulful House Fire! There is heat here. “Let The Music”, “Emerald City”, “Do You Want It” and “One” are, in particular, wicked! Enjoy and have a great week. Cheers.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Fashionmista Baghira
2 05:59 Forever And A Day Franc Spangler
3 13:00 Everynight Cesar Martinez Ensemble
4 17:41 Let The Music Soul Emphasis
5 23:05 Hiding In Your Love (TP's Deep Dancin Dub Mix) Terrence Parker, Coco Street
6 28:48 Love's Peace of Mind (No Solution Remix) Harley&Muscle, Christopher McCray
7 34:31 Gonna Be Alright Ross Couch
8 40:28 Voices of Hope H Justini
9 47:01 Emerald City (Emerald City (Dangerous Club Mix)) jOHNNYDANGEROUs
10 52:52 Do You Want it Chris Wilson
11 58:20 One Evan Iff

 

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