RL69 - Vintage Transglobal (Vintage Electro Lounge/Buddha Lounge/World Music Mix)

• April 16th, 2014

In the height of thy prosperity expect adversity, but fear it not. If it come not, thou art the more sweetly possessed of the happiness thou hast, and the more strongly confirmed. If it come, thou art the more gently dispossessed of the happiness thou hadst, and the more firmly prepared. -Quarles.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Protection Massive Attack
2 4:35 Summer Memories Dab
3 9:17 Leftorium (Ambient Mix) Anil Chawla; Dale Anderson
4 16:26 Desire Blank & Jones
5 19:53 Nepalese Bliss (DJ Food Remake) Irresistiible Force
6 26:17 DeReye (Toires Frisco Mix) Irina Mikhailova/Todd
7 30:56 Khaleegi Stomp (Thievery Corporation Mix) Transglobal Underground
8 34:08 Indian Secret (Shankar Remix) Nitin Singh
9 37:31 One Love Dusk
10 40:52 You Are the Light Hawaba-A-Shikwa
11 45:43 Trade Winds (East Is East Mix) Chill Club
12 48:59 Ganges Marsicano
13 53:40 Pojo Pojo Opacic/Tesevic
14 57:48 Stop Passion
15 60:39 Wings of summer Adya
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RH38 - Because Old School is Good School (Funky House Mix)

• April 7th, 2014

You see one of my problems is that I listen to a lot of music, and read a lot, and am in possession of a good memory. That is a bad combination if you are trying to remember a specific song or a specific quote. Sometimes you are not even sure which is which. I try to take notes but then you have to remember the location of a drop in a swimming pool. Most of the time I rumble through my stuff and find what I need but today I am not in the mood …sorry. I mention this because I want to share something whose source escapes me …but I am pretty sure it is a proverb of some sort.

It goes something like this: “A wise man who takes two steps forward always keeps one foot half a step behind – Because an old place should never be easily forsaken.”  - I love that! That is just wise and smart and sounds like it was said by one of those people that you just know you could never have a boring breakfast with. The music in this mix is definitely in the spirit of that proverb. It is not quite old in House terms and yet definitely not new …or anywhere near new. When you want to talk OLD and truly classic House, you would to go WAY back to the days of the, well, silky smooth Steve “Silk” Hurley. Anyone remember “Love Can’t Turn Around”? Aw man I really need to get my collection sorted. There is fire here!

My point is, this is a collection of semi-old House …it is “half a step behind”. Half a step, that is, in terms of Chronos and his time but when it comes to the “Funky” conversation, this music is right up there with the very best. I really hate to “go on” but, my friends, I beg you to sit back, chill, and be uplifted by the timeless “My Piece of Heaven”, the fiery and feisty “Show Me Love” by Robin S, and the MIGHTY “The Boss” by the Braxtons …amongst others. It really is a pretty sharp and focused collection of old school House.

Oh and this past week I have been on a Frankie Knuckles binge ...taking everything in from his music to news about him. Do you know there is a road in Chicago named after him? The man is a legend and I went ahead with another little tribute to him at the end of the mix. Please enjoy two of what I and many others consider his best best works.

There will be another volume of this particular mix (but without the Frankie Knuckles part obviously) but before that will come the “Spirit of del Mar 2.0” compilation. Speaking of compilations – I love mixing, I really do. Finding two tracks that you can bring together in that way …and doing so only with tracks that you love, well, it is a pleasure of the most unique kind. But mixing makes you a slave to the BPM monster and there are times when it is just tiring. Compilations provide some nice relief …and give a chance to present different types of music from the norm. I hope you do not mind but it is just the type of thing I need to keep my blog-post creating energies up …

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Chandteau Rouge Seven Dub
2 05:00 And That's Saying A Lot (Groove Armada 2nd Take) Natural Calamity
3 11:29 New York House United Sound Of America
4 15:29 My Piece of Heaven Ten City
5 22:12 Show Me Love (Kerri Chandler Mix) Robin S
6 27:57 In The Mood Mateo's Father
7 33:40 Just Us (Dance Remix) Vinyl Masters
8 37:34 Nitelife Kim English
9 44:04 I Can't Get No Sleep Masters at Work
10 48:02 The Boss The Braxtons
11 55:13 Tears (New Extended Mix) Frankie Knuckles
12 61:33 FACT TV Frankie Knuckles Interview Snippet Frankie Knuckles
13 61:58 It's Hard Sometimes Frankie Knuckles
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RL68 - Iconic Soul Classics (Soul Compilation dedicated to “The Godfather of House”)

• April 1st, 2014

Yes, there is going to be a second release of Spirit of Del Mar (2.0). I was going to do that next week but then one of those reality shaking events took place very recently. Frankie Knuckles, aka “The Godfather of House”, has passed away. Words cannot express the dismay I felt when I heard about this. This man was one of a handful who were responsible for me falling in love with Soulful House. Who will ever forget “Tears”? Or “I know it’s hard sometimes”? Or “Keep on Moving”? Or the “Whistle Song”?? This is some tragic s*&t and I am truly shattered. My best wishes of strength and courage go out to all his loved ones. He is, was and will always be a House Master.

So instead of going ahead and whipping out a bunch of Frankie Knuckles House classics, I decided to instead do the Soul Music thing. It fits the current mood much more perfectly than Soulful House would. Besides, you must remember that Frankie Knuckles is from the very early days of house …back when it was still fighting off up-tempo Soul music like the up-tempo grooves from Kool and the Gang. So, celebrating the man using the very music that inspired him, while matching the somewhat somber mood caused by his sudden departure, is a move that makes sense to me.

Miguel de Cervantes, the famous writer of Don Quixote, is quoted as having said “All kinds of beauty do not inspire love: there is a kind of it which pleases only the sight, but does not captivate the affections.”. There is loads of House music out there and no doubt most of it is beautiful to listen to. It does not, however, “captivate the affections” for me on a level that people like Frankie Knuckles did. When you listen to the all-together EPIC “I Miss You” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in this compilation, I beg you to spare a thought and maybe even a little prayer for the departed House Master. RIP Frankie Knuckles. I think, just to drive his brilliance home, I will leave you with some lyrics from “I Know its Hard Sometimes”:

It ain't easy being you -- struggling every day, searching for the truth. I know it's hard sometimes trying to find a friend -- someone you can trust who will be there in the end. But you must keep on, keep on keeping on. And one day you'll find someone who will be kind. From that moment on, all things will be made new. All the love you give, it's gonna find it's way to you. I know it's hard sometimes. -Frankie Knuckles (The Godfather of House)

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 So in Love Curtis Mayfield
2 05:08 I Miss You Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
3 13:42 Lady Lionel Richie
4 17:22 One More Chance The Jacksons
5 22:21 Be Without You Mary J. Blige
6 26:21 A little bit more Melba Moore Feat. Freddie Jackson
7 31:07 No Ordinary Love Sade
8 38:15 911 Mary J. Blige with Wyclef Jean
9 42:28 Wherever I Lay My Hat Paul Young
10 46:31 My Love Is Waiting Marvin Gaye
11 51:33 Feel Like Makin' Love Roberta Flack
12 54:12 Juicy Fruit Mtume
13 57:59 Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holla) Marvin Gaye
14 60:58 Lovely Day Bill Withers
15 65:06 Ordinary People John Legend
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RL67 - Spirit of Del Mar 1.0 (Old Skool Lounge Compilation)

• March 28th, 2014

I just wanted to do something different …or do things differently. I wanted the whole to evolve and be more than what it is. I also wanted a different name and wanted to find another home away from Podbean which I really do not think offers the value it used to. These days it is more difficult to get to the music, there is more downtime and some functionality does not work on certain devices …etc etc.

But then I heard from two people and decided maybe to make the changes right here and just go with the flow. Unfortunately that means some might not like things and I am really sorry about that …but honestly, I need this whole thing to be of greater value. But more about that later. This mix is about second chances and what better way to do that than to return to the epic beginnings of today’s heavily electrified Lounge scene? And when it comes to those beginnings, few can have greater claims than Café del Mar. I have done a little more though than to make this a Café del Mar compilation. Some tracks are not from the series – the compilation is a celebration of the spirit rather than the thing. If there is one thing that can greatly add value to any life, it is the appreciation of the spirit of a thing rather than the thing itself. This compilation attempts to do just that.

Please enjoy and you can be assured the music will keep coming. There might, however, be a little more writing too …

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Sunrise Afterlife
2 06:32 68 Moves Jules Evans/Ned Kelly/Professor Stretch
3 10:11 Amanecer en bolonia Rafa Gas & F3R Delgado Feat. Lucia Montoya
4 15:45 Seven Days of Bliss Seasons
5 19:51 Mumbai Theme Tune A.R. Rahman
6 24:58 Utopia (New Ears Mix) Goldfrapp
7 28:02 Any Other Name Thomas Newman
8 32:01 Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix) The Sabres of Paradise
9 36:16 Another Chance (Afterlife Remix) Roger Sanchez
10 41:43 Seven Cities (Ambient Dub) Solar Stone
11 49:32 Knifes at the Ready (Bluntz Mix) Snapper
12 53:31 Moments in Time Palo Moncada
13 56:31 Asian Beauty Chillmakers
14 60:18 The Child Ravi Shaza
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RL66 - Adios Ayer (Lounge Mix)

• March 25th, 2014

Well after 4 years of the greatest fun I have ever had with music, it is the end of the road for The Funky Melting Pot. From the first days when I got into mixing back in University it was always about 1 thing – The Music. I refused to be a club DJ, a mobile DJ or to have playlists forced upon me at Radio channels. I approached this from the purest possible perspective. I have never promoted myself and nor have I EVER asked anyone to visit my blog and listen to my mixes. Not a single email was sent soliciting anyone and nor was there an FB Page through which I posted hundreds of posts about new mixes …or music I am listening to …or self-promoting thoughts of any sort.

Ofcourse, the approach got the results it deserved – I have run the blog for about 4 years and have a measly number of followers/hits. In cricketing terms I am that irritating middle order batsman that walks in and digs in. 50 runs from 500 balls! That is me and no I do not have any regrests. This blog has cost me a lot of money – Podbean is definitely not cheap especially for the top-of-the-line package I chose. How I justified this spend to myself all these years I will never know. All I know is that when I step into my car, I switch on and immediately have access to fine music presented through “clean” mixes …with often times brilliant transitions between tracks. It is during these moments or moments when I am travelling and have my headsets on that it all makes sense.. People, some things return more value to us than any amount of profit or personal physical gain can ever make up. When I die it will be the mixing and the listening that I will remember.

Lounge music is magnificent people and it honestly deserves a lot more attention than it is getting. I hope you will continue listening to other blogs and oh yes, will you please try to support the people doing this? In many cases the people doing these mixes, like me, gain NOTHING from it apart from the pleasure of working with music, improving skills and sharing mixes. It really will not hurt you or them to, once in a blue moon, say thanks …or at least provide some feedback. I would never wish the dead silence on this blog on anyone and I beg you to consider this when listening/downloading other people’s blood, sweat and tears.

As for me I have a pretty strong character and a pretty hefty amount of determination. In the 4 years I have been doing this I have only ever heard from 4 people. All, luckily, were very positive but, having said that, nothing could have discouraged me from doing what I felt I needed to do as part of a greater character building exercise. I am truly grateful for the experience – the man I am today is nowhere near the one I was just 4 years ago. I will now take this energy and apply it elsewhere …with an even greater amount of success I hope.

Dudes – life is short and time is valuable. Awareness is critical otherwise in a few years you will be one of those saying “it went by so fast!”. Whenever I hear people say that I wonder “compared to what”? Could anything be as slow as the rolling seconds of a day?? And yet we hear that “it goes by so fast” thing all the time. Be aware. Make positive use of your time. Thank you for listening to my mixes. I am forever grateful.

To "The Funky Melting Pot" itself, all I can say is “Adios Ayer” (Goodbye Yesterday). Cheers and stay safe!

PS: The cover picture for this mix really does nail it. It was, is and will always be about the music!!

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RHH Highlights (Hip Hop Mix-A-Lot)

• March 4th, 2014

So this will be my last Hip Hop mix for this blog. The reasons are many and it is not worth going into but I will say that there are better Hip Hop mixes out there and there are people who are much better than I at mixing it. In all my years of mixes I have never even felt bothered to learn how to scratch. Its just that to me it has always seemed unnecessary ...and sometimes even destructive to the quality of the music ...but that is just me. My point is, I am done. Thank you for listening to these mixes if you are a Hip Hop fan and if you have liked my way of blending things rather than scratching them together, then I apologise for not making any more.

I also apologise that there is no Track List for this mix. There are 33 tracks in here ..33!! I am sorry but by the 25th one I had lost track ...a situation that is never helped by Hip Hop lyrics over thumping beats. I assure you though that I obtained every track legally ...which means I have bought every single one. If you really want to know what this or that track is at this or that point in the mix, mail me and I will respond ...however reluctantly. I hate admin! Anyway sorry ...cheers.

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RH37 - Magic Chords (Funky Soulful House Mix)

• February 13th, 2014

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. - Gloria Steinem

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Only (Mr Moon Remix) The Vibes Organization Feat. Maggie Smile
2 05:59 Kiss You All Over (Luke Dave's Jovial Mix) Meisha Moore
3 11:58 When The Sun Breaks The Clouds (Club Mix) Danny J Lewis
4 17:57 The Messenger (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Full Vocal Remix) Mellow Baku and The Friday People
5 26:24 Smash The Ceiling Danny J Lewis
6 31:56 Closure S.Chu, Terri Walker
7 37:08 World Is Good Chymamusique & DJ Claude feat. Rona Ray
8 42:36 Papawenda (Anthony Nicholson Jazz Fusion Rewerk) Fabio Genito
9 48:27 Summer Gigs JR from Dallas
10 58:59 Let's Get It (N'dinga Gaba Remix) Hallex M, Djeff, Mr. V, Miss Patty
11 64:43 Hard to Find (No Verse Mix Extended) Samuri, Divided Souls, Gina Dunn
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RL65 - Dare To Dream (Mid-Tempo Lounge Mix)

• January 16th, 2014

So I was going to do to a Soulful House Mix but then I decided on a collection of Funky, Mid-Tempo Lounge beats. I figured most people have been Housed-out …seeing as the holiday season/silly season has just recently left us. Personally I am happy with the change of direction because trust me, these tracks are the s^&t! A couple of them turned out to be THE Lounge tracks of the holiday season and I included them despite the fact that they were included in early RL mixes. I think we are talking about two tracks so do not assume that this is a collection of repeats …I have never played at least 90% of these babies. They have been stewing in the unfathomable space that files live in within hard drives. I do not know how but to my imagination they seem to have matured and are now irresistible ear candy! Take a listen for yourself …if ever a collection of tracks belonged together it was these …with maybe one exception …but I am not even sure about that. I do know though that there is a glass of brew and a lovely evening ahead of me in the company of masters such as Miraflores and Moodorama. Speaking of Moodorama, if you can listen to “Naconda” and not be moved I will be stunned - because a more funky piece of slow-tempo pleasure would be VERY hard to find. Besides, it is a classic and is included because some things just NEVER get old. Enjoy!

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 Dias Lluviosos Kalokagathia Union
2 05:31 Gitapad Deeper Sublime
3 7:21 De La Tierra (Daydream Mix) The S.G.S Project
4 12:30 Tobacco Juice Cydelix Feat Fotis Kosto
5 19:07 Sensual Waves Arrojas
6 22:48 Beautiful Land J. Hash and Nigel Coughlan
7 26:28 Closet Blue Wave
8 31:15 Come Alive Igor Pumphonia
9 34:35 Nakonda Moodorama
10 39:56 Chinese Whispers The Charlie North Michael E Project
11 46:00 Luz De Tavira Miraflores
12 51:54 El Amor En Vivo
13 55:25 Chiaro Di Luna Soho Lounge feat. Dea Li
14 59:57 Nightfall Kusuma Orchestra
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RL64 - Intensity (Chilled Lounge Mix)

• December 16th, 2013

"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

So, simply put, I hope you have had a productive year and will, in the New Year at least, find your “endless immensity”. Thank you for listening to these mixes and I wish you all the best. Regards.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 FMP Custom Intro Hudson River Hero Captain &
Buckminster Fuzeboard (Fundus)
2 01:05 The Void (Clueless Bliss Dub) Darkness Falls
3 08:28 Tranquil Dusk Eriq Johnson, Deeper Sublime
4 11:26 Peaceful Forest Don Gorda Project
5 16:36 Shake It Linsey Rosain
6 21:40 Perceive the World The Echo of Koenigssee
7 26:28 Inertia Michele Cecchi
8 31:30 Secret Desire Igor Pumphonia
9 37:39 You Are Still There Blue Wave
10 42:42 Blue (Smooth Mix) Chillwalker
11 46:49 Deciduous Tooth Kolby Wade
12 49:28 Go Slow (T_Mo Mix) Nolan, Amber Jolene
13 55:36 Two Flying Ibex
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RH36 - Make It Funky, Deep and Classy (Deep House Mix)

• November 28th, 2013

No big deal, just 60+ minutes of OUTSTANDING Deep House tunez! Now I got into Deep House pretty early in its relatively young lifetime and back then, it was not quite as “hard” as you tend to find in many mixes you find these days. It was Funky, Soulful House based and was delivered at speeds of less than 125 BPM. It is a sound I have never forgotten and often, during my intense monthly hunts for fresh music, I come across a track or two that celebrates the original spirit of the music. But ofcourse times have moved on. People have been doing what people do and that is to reinvent, re-imagine and evolve.

And so we come across that Deep House sound in 2013, still there being as funky as always, but now global enough to encompass different languages and cultural experiences. It is a mind-boggling thing – hear “Anga (Punk's Sacred Land Dub)” by Marco Amadeo, “Saharien Child” by Rocco, and “Velani” by Lemon N Herb and Moonchild and experience what I mean. What you will hear is a sound seemingly far removed from the early Deep House tunes and yet something in the ear recognizes The Deep …no matter how disguised. Anyway, despite all that, I reckon a disclaimer is due on this particular mix …seeing as Deep House in general is a difficult sub-genre to grasp and the last thing I want is to declare myself an expert in any shape or form. What you are hearing in this mix is effectively “my feel” and little more. I hope you enjoy it and that your mind stays far away from irrelevant interpretations and particularities. The bottom line here is that this is monumentally funky music and that the sound is expressly different from Soulful House, Trance, Dubstep etc etc. And with that I wish you great enjoyment and trust that if you are a lover of The Deep, you will, even if for a short while, gain a certain bounce in your step that you could only receive from good Deep House.

Track List

No. Time Title Artist/Band
1 00:00 You Should Know Marvin Zeyss
2 07:09 Anga (Punk's Sacred Land Dub) Marco Amadeo
3 10:45 Saharien Child Rocco
4 16:25 Lets Go Back (Fever Brothers Remix) Dimi Stuff, Anthony Poteat
5 21:45 Mai Thai (K-Bana Remix) Groove Department
6 28:41 The Golden Cell Addex
7 33:37 Time (Deep Club Mix) Monodeluxe Feat. Jannae Jordan
8 39:05 Coming Back For More (Warten Borgmann Remix) Daniel Paul Feat. Colin Corvez
9 43:39 Velani (Soulful Remix) Lemon N Herb, Moonchild
10 50:51 Good Inside Jonny Miller meets Cuebur Feat. Ckenz Voucal
11 56:27 From Me To You AtJazz
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