Halcyon Sky (debut EP) – Day 6


Whew… a long day (sleepless last night for the most part), so this is a quick update. Worked on one of the tracks today that I’ve laid the foundation for. The focus today was only building up and deciding on the percussion for this track. An essential element of chillout tracks, from a percussion standpoint, is a shaker. Between the many types provided in Logic 9’s loops library and those (many) I have in my sample library, it was just a matter of choosing one that sounded good in the track. I chose to start with Logic 9 and after auditioning a few found one that fit in the track nicely. Since it’s an Apple loop software instrument, it will adjust itself to the tempo of the song should I choose to change it in the future – that flexibility is good to have.

I spent some more time working on some drafts of the artwork for the release. In the last post, I mentioned wanting to realize the graphics lettering on the actual photo. I was able to do one draft today and I like it so far. What I like even more is finding another photo from the same artist that I will use for the title track remix. Immediately, this photo became inspirational to the point where I already have an idea on how the remix will be composed. I like that.

Tommorrow I think I’m going begin work on the title track. Details to come soon.

Off to bed, I am mad tired.

::: oceans of rhythm :::


The Sunday Soundtrack – 14 Apr 13

Greetings Listeners….

Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. “It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…” (a little hip hop lyric reference there). It’s great to be back with another edition, albeit overdue, of the podcast. It’s about 12:37 am here in studio, but it’s done. I hope to stay on a regular (to be determined) schedule. Starting with pre-production on Monday for the following Sunday helps, doing a little everyday helps even more. The plan is to finish Saturday evening 🙂

For my new listeners, The Sunday Soundtrack podcast is geared towards giving you an alternative listening experience to the standard Sunday afternoon commercial smooth jazz formatted programs and expose you to independent artists with tunes that provide that same smoothness, but in such genres as electronica, nu jazz, downtempo, experimental, chillout, instrumental jazzy hip hop, and the like. Please feel free to take a listen and leave comments, if u like. You can also reach The Sunday Soundtrack at (301) 458-0499

Without further delay, let’s get to the playlist.

1. Moon Beat – LTJ X-Perience/Moon Beat
2. Consequences (Late Night Mix) – Blank & Jones/Relax 4
3. Gutenmirgenduft (Morning Scent) – dZihan & Kamien/Gran Riserva
4. Subsolitude – Hypoetical/Pendulum
5. Try Me – J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science f/Goapele & Capitol A/J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science – OM Records 2003
6. Square Purity – The Jazzment/Beats – Old Stuff
7. Sunbeams – Uko/Cafe Del Mar – Vol. 7

Some special shout outs:

  • My entire podcast massive: Fave, Big La (Todd Kelley), DarrenKeith, Anji Bee, Nikki, BSOTS, DJ Diva, EJ Flavors (The Sensei), and T. Grundy (Mr Brilliant). All excellent podcasters whose episodes range from smooth jazz to soul to hip hop to R&B to chillout to funk. My hats off to all of you, thanks for the encouragement
  • All the podcast drops done by the crew above AND listeners – thank you!
  • Ray Garraud – The Garraud Files Podcast, a versatile tech enthusiast, author, blogger, podcaster, public speaker, and good friend with whom I’ve had several great conversations with on his own thoughts of mobile podcasting and the evolving tech out which allows it. Thanks for the push, Ray!
  • Calandra and Madeline for the re-encouragement
  • @DVSJr, @Upright for the re-tweets/favorites about the return!
  • I hope you’re enjoying the tracks. Please feel free to follow the The Sunday Soundtrack on Twitter

    Take care and have a great week.

    ::: oceans of rhythm :::


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 101010

    Welcome listeners, to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. Here we are in the last quarter of the year, 2010. Seems like a whirlwind of time has past. Sometimes I just wanna stop the world, and hop off, hahah. Hope all is well with you.

    All brand new tracks today, thanks to some time spend searching YouTube. Interestingly enough, I can spend hours in this goldmine, gathering tracks for the show, and the last treasure hunt turned up some really nice gems.

    Back on this episode, after some time, is an artist I discovered when The Sunday Soundtrack first hit the netwaves, Michael E. I discovered him on myspace, and recently came across his track “Blow” from his latest release, Cafe Tranquillo. A signature track by him, it employs lush movements and laidback rhythms. His music’s always been a favorite of mine.

    Returning once again, is Lazybatusu with their track, Keep On Keeping On. This duo produces tracks that range from a large sounding arrangement to, at times, tracks leaning towards a minimalistic sound, while all the time laying in that chillout vibe. This is a nice track, and you’ll be hearing more from this group in future podcasts.

    I always say The Sunday Soundtrack is not The Sunday Soundtrack without Afterlife. This time, Dub In Ya Mind (Blue Water Mix), is what I’m featuring. Steve Miller brings the essence of Ibiza chillout in a relaxing track that can always find it’s place in activities where no multitasking is aloud (smile). I always love the way he incorporates the elements of female vocals

    1. Viva Cubana (beachhouse mix) – Clublife/Dubai Chillhouse Grooves Vol 2.
    2. Keep On Keeping On – Lazybatusu/Supperclub Presents San Francisco Vol. 8 Disc 2
    3. People Come, People Go (Chillout Mix) – Arnej/After Hours Anthems
    4. Always on my Mind (Bar Lounge Music Mix) – Soul ‘N’ Sound
    5. Consequences f/Vanessa Daou (Late Night Mix) – Blank & Jones/Relax-Edition 4
    6. Blow – Michael E/Cafe Tranquillo
    7. California Sunset (Ambient Lounge Mix) – Various
    8. Moon Beat – LTJ – X-Perience/Formetara de Dia Volume 1. Part Two [IMPORT]
    9. Dub In Ya Mind (Blue Water Mix) – Afterlife/Simplicity Two Thousand (Disc 1)
    10. Sunset Chill Lounge – Various

    I was laced with some swag from SomaFM recently, here’s a short video about it. Shout out to Rusty Hodge, DJ at SomaFM,

    As always, thanks for listening, it’s much appreciated. I hope the podcast provides the necessary chill(out) you’re looking for when you need it.

    ::: oceans of rhythm :::


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 19 Sep 10

    Morning Sky
    “Morning Sky”- Photo Credit: Hey Kim! 2010

    Good day listeners…

    Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope your week was (or is) going well. Here we are half way through September and I have to ask the all to well known question: “Where has the time gone?” That question is rhetorical as I think our answers are all pretty similar. In any event, without time passing, I’d never reach this point of bringing you yet another podcast. Amidst the excitement of an oncoming start to the NBA season and football season underway, I hope you incorporate this musical into the time you find to chill.

    I’ve been doing some trackhunting over the past week and have discovered a new way of getting new music for the podcast which is pretty exciting. With that, ahead of you is an hour of all brand new tracks that I hope you enjoy. Among the tracks are two from San Francisco based DJ and producer, Kaskade, and two from sought after and finally found artist, Lazybatusu. I’ve featured tracks from Kaskade on the podcast before, but Lazybatusu has been elusive in obtaining via my usual haunts…until I discovered my new source. I really like the flow of Lazybatusu and will be featuring more of their tracks in future SSPs. Their track “8am” I’ve heard numerous times on somafm.com’s Groove Salad and SiriusXM’s Chill, two long time sources of the tracks you hear in the podcast. I hope you enjoy it as well as I do.

    In the coming months I hope to be showcasing some more of my own smooth electronica here as well. Stay tuned. With that, let’s tune into this week’s playlist:

    1. Tonite f/Amy Michelle – Kaskade/Om Lounge
    2. Close – Kaskade/OM Lounge 8
    3. R-Evolution – Lazybatusu/Cafe Solaire Vol. 2
    4. Mellow – Seductive Souls/Cafe Solaire Vol. 14
    5. Can U Feel It? – Marc Antoine/Rendezvous Lounge 2
    6. Get It On – Spacefish/Global Psychedelic Chill Out – Compilation Vol. 4
    7. 8am – Lazybatusu/Cafe Solaire Vol. 14
    8. Nkechi – Konferenz/Kontakt
    9. Bay Of Hope – Planet Lounge/Grill Out
    10. The Story Of Us – Chevalier

    Thought I’d shoot a short video of where The Sunday Soundtrack podcast is created. Insight is always valuable. Thanks to my brother-in-podcasting, DarrenKeith over at My Love For Music for the idea. He’s done an on-location video of where he shot his podcast recently.

    Thanks for listening, always appreciated, and a special shout to my entire podcasting massive, especially for the drops. Time for me to send new ones out to you as well.

    To download the podcast, just right-click on the “Download” link and save it to your hard drive.

    ::: oceans of rhythm :::


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 5 Sep 10

    Photo Credit: A.K., 2010

    Hello listeners.

    Hope this post finds you well. The Labor Day weekend, for those of us in the U.S., is upon us. I, for one, am glad that I’m able to get an extra day to chill out before returning back to the office. In that spirit of relaxedness (is that a word?), I bring you the playlist and flow for this podcast.

    I just returned this afternoon, from a wedding in N. Carolina that was quite nice. The weather held up perfectly for an outdoor matrimonial event, and the reception was VERY nice as well. I wish the happy couple (whom I’ve known for some time) a long and love-filled marriage.

    Today’s track span the genres of nu-jazz, latin-flavored, downtempo, and chillout, with a bit of ambient mixed in. It’s my hope you enjoy it. This edition includes the lead off track, Reel Life by The Cinematic Orchestra (The Evolution II remix). I especially enjoy this track for it’s orchestral elements and the way it invokes visuals of movement via it’s musical composition. After noticing a tweet earlier this week from Honeysugarwater, mentioning Bebel Gilberto’s original tune “Aganju”, I decided to feature the remix this time around. The apex of the podcast brings Ocean Air by dZihan and Kamien. I first heard of them not on the net or elsewhere, but via a musician, songwriter, and producer who lives not too far from me. I was hanging out in his studio, listening to some tracks he had in his “vault” and we got onto the subject of downtempo and chillout. He had asked if I had heard of them and played a track by the name of which I can’t recall, but after hearing it, I was on a hunt to find everything I could by them. They’ve been featured on many Sunday Soundtrack editions since ’07. Rounding out this edition is a very laidback track by a group entitled Bliss. I discovered them on another website when track hunting last year. They often hinge on ambient compositions, but I happened to like most of what I’ve heard thus far. It’s my wish that you do as well. Without further adieu, I present to you the playlist.

    1. Reel Life (Evolution II) – The Cinematic Orchestra/Man With a Movie Camera
    2. Instrumentally Yours – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
    3. Aganju (Remix) – Bebel Gilberto/Bring Back The Love (The Remixes)
    4. Moment Of Truths (The Morning After) – Big La vs. Todd/Water… Under The Bridge
    5. Ocean Air – dZihan & Kamien/Freaks & Icons
    6. As Possible (feat. Baschin) – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
    7. Life and How to Do It – All India Radio/Permanent Evolutions
    8. Kukuma Bazar – Jens Buchert/Café de la Mer
    9. Curiosity – Amba/Amba
    10. Song for Olabi – Bliss/Quiet Letters

    “Ocean Air” – dZihan & Kamien/Freaks and Icons

    All the tracks featured in this edition can be found via Amazon, iTunes, and the various sources offered by discogs.com. For those of you on Twitter, feel free to follow The Sunday Soundtrack. I’d appreciate it.

    Enjoy all your chilled out moments…

    ::: oceans of rhythm :::


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack- 29 Aug 10 (Exodus of Summer)

    Haigis Beach. Cape Cod, MA. Photo credit: Fresh!

    Welcome Listeners…

    Always glad to have you tune in to The Sunday Soundtrack. I just got back from a VERY relaxing week in Cape Cod, MA. Pretty much slept until 11am at the earliest everyday and didn’t even realize how much I really needed it. It was a necessary chilled out time for sure.

    Here we are at the end of August and the summer has FLOWN by. I’ll be sad to see it go but the time away has made it memorable. Today’s tracks are handpicked from a bunch of favorites and I hope they prove enjoyable. Last week I featured a track from Bebel Gilberto and this week I bring you her sister, Astrud. Anything that the Gilberto family releases always proves to be a good fit for The Sunday Soundtrack.

    Incognito (my favorite group of all time) has released their latest CD “Transtlantic RPM” in June. I highly suggest you pick that up. While I’m not featuring any tracks from that release, I bring you two great tracks which have a vibe that fits this podcast, “I Can See The Future”, and the laid back, well known favorite to many, “After The Fall” (I’d like to see my band cover the latter track).

    As always, I love to feature tracks by Afterlife, the definitive flow for all things chill out, this week it’s Cry (Sunset Dream Mix), from The Mix EP. Jeff Lorber brings us “Tuva”, a track created and inspired by the ancient art of “throat singing (listen to the intro) from the natives of Tuva, a land Jeff once visited. One of my favorite tracks in this edition is Aquanote’s (Gabriel Rene) “Nowhere (Pearl Speakeasy Remix)”. This track, compared to the original, is my definition of what a true remix is, and in addition, I really love how the elements of the track come together. You can here three other remixes of it here .

    I trust you’ll enjoy all the tracks on the playlist, so without further adieu:

    1 – I Can See The Future-Incognito/No Time Like The Future [Bonus Track] Amazon
    2 – Nowhere (Pearl Speakeasy Remix) – Aquanote/Nude Dimensions, Volume 3 Discogs
    3 – Alive (Instrumental) – J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science/Mushroom Jazz 6 Om Records
    4 – Cry (Sunset Dream Mix) – Afterlife/The Mix EP Discogs
    5 – After The Fall – Incognito/100 Degrees And Rising Amazon
    6 – L.O.V.E. And You & I (Dr. Ghe Mix) – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1] Amazon
    7 – Aquarian Angel- Blue Six/Aquarian Angel Amazon
    8 – Certain Sadness – Astrud Gilberto/A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness Amazon
    9 – Handsome – Bathysphere/Bathysphere’s Daylight Shrubbery EP Official Site
    10 – Tuva – Jeff Lorber/West Side Stories Official Site

    As always, thanks for tuning in. It’s been a gorgeous, but busy day 1 back from vacation. My apologies for getting this out later than sooner. Kudos to my entire podcasting crew and you, the listeners. Enjoy.

    ::: oceans of rhythm :::


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack – 18 Oct 09


    Photo Credit: Delaney_55

    Greetings Listeners….

    I hope this podcast finds u well. I like the graphic chosen for this week’s podcast. It describes how the past few days have been, lots of rain, overcast skies, and a blustery day or two. Frankly, I enjoyed, and still am enjoying every bit of it. It definitely causes me to appreciate the sunny days as well. Days like the ones of recent do provide for some good inspiration, some introspection, etc…so I have an appreciation for them as well.

    Glad to inform you that I finally came across some new tracks for the podcast, ones that reflect this weekend as well. Kicking off the podcast is none other than British soul giants, 4Hero. I love their arrangements, big drums, lush big strings, and soulful lyrics. It’s a pleasure, as a musician and listener, to hear musical compositions in this genre that has been missed stateside. Carina Andersson brings that vocal magic to every thing she touches.

    I discovered Capsula, Pineapple Corner, J. Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, and Afterlife’s (Smooch) tracks on Groove Salad this week. I think my favorite track on this podcast is Alive (Instrumental). Of course, one can never go wrong with Blackfish or the chill out artist of the century, Afterlife.

    That being said, without further adieu, I bring u the play list:

    1. Morning Child f/Carina Andersson – 4hero
    2. Easy Fly – Pineapple Corner/Pineapple Corner
    3. California Sunrise – Blank & Jones/Relax Edition 3 (Sun) – EP
    4. Circular Motion – Nuspirit Helsinki
    5. Alive (Instrumental) – J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science/Mushroom Jazz 6
    6. Bay of Islands – Blackfish/Pole Navigation
    7. Illusion Hill – Capsula/Sense of a Drop
    8. Clear Blue Sky – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & Groove
    9. Smooch – Afterlife/Speck of Gold
    10. Gutenmorgenduft – dZihan & Kamien & The Brut Imperial Quintet/Fakes

    Thanks to my new listeners, Celeste, Belinda, and Audrey. Big up to Philip Clark for the podcast drop!

    I’m gonna relax tomorrow….knowing me, probably in the studio most of the day, catching up on creating!

    peace and blessings…


    [Edit: Please forgive me for omitting my standard intro voiceover. How I forgot to include it, is beyond me…duh!]

    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack (XM Summer Driveby: Vol 1) – 16 Aug 09

    Summer Drive

    Photo Credit: Kim

    Greetings listeners….

    Welcome back to the Sunday Soundtrack for 16 Aug 09. I trust all is well with you. Here we are in the month of August. I want a do-over (as we used to say as kids) for the summer. It’s flying by waaaaay to fast, but, I’m enjoying it anyway. It’s been especially a good time for new musical endeavors, discoveries, and connecting with new artists that allow me, as well as request for me, to feature their tracks on this podcast – that’s always a good thing.

    Speaking of connecting with new musical endeavors and connecting with new artists, the last month has afforded me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for quite sometime: working on remixes. Just over the last week, I was asked, and got the chance to, lay some guitar tracks for a remake of a Stevie Wonder classic, Rocket Love. The artist who did the arrangement and recording is none other than Fave of the world famous Friday Favecast. Fave sent me his initial track, I laid my track, sent it back, he worked it and sent it to the third party on the flow on in LA, Todd Kelley of Flowink, for the drum programming. I love the fact that we are leveraging the net, as well as Logic Studio to make this track nice. Gotta be truthful about it, it’s already a winner. Stay tuned.

    Similarly, while this is all going on, another NICE artist we both follow on Twitter, Philip Clark approaches Todd and I to do remixes for his previous album. While Todd has mad flow in this area, I am very excited to get the chance to a remix for an artist with such mad flow. I received his vocal stems today and will start work on it soon, something I’m defnitely looking forward to. Stay tuned to the Sunday Soundtrack for featured tracks by Philip Clark.

    That being said, this edition of the podcast features a number of tracks that are remixes, three speicifically of a track entitled “Janeiro” by Soul Sessions. I’m liking the flow of the playlist. I hope you do as well. With that being said: the playlist.

    The Sunday Soundtrack (XM Summer Driveby: Vol 1) – 16 Aug 09

    1. L.O.V.E. And You & I (Dr. Ghe Mix) – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1]
    2. Janeiro (Lounge Conjunction Remix) – SolidSessions/Real Ibiza Chill Out, Vol.
    3. Love Garden (dedicated to Ildiko) – Gabor Deutsch/Contrast [remastered]
    4. Downtown – Chris Zippel a.k.a. Genuine/Nu Ambient Grooves
    5. Where’s Vicky (Quantic Mix) – Bathysphere/DWEP001
    6. Quantum – Beanfield/Human Patterns
    7. El Cid – Leftfield/Rhythm and Stealth
    8. Handsome – Bathysphere/Bathysphere’s Daylight Shrubbery EP
    9. Janeiro (Chiller Twist Blue Line Remix) – Solid Sessions/Armada Lounge
    10. Janeiro (Nibiru Remix) – Solid Sessions/Chill Department

    Thanks for listening, as always I appreciated. Special thanks to Kim for the photo above. She was driving a few days ago, snapping and posting everything she found interesting to Twitter and this one (as well as another for next week) caught my eye! Good job (your BB seems to take great pics!)

    For the Twitter fans and Facebook crew, please feel free to follow and join me there in both places, respectively.


    Have a great day, keep it chilled.


    Welcome To The Sunday Soundtrack f/Ben Tankard – 29 Mar 09

    Hello listeners…

    I trust all is well with you. As some of you know, I’ve been on a 21-day fast, one that leads up to Resurrection Day, and I will admit, it has NOT been easy in some key areas, but in the spirit of the fast and the meaning behind it, I’ve decided to feature some tracks by some artists whose music is closely related to the reasoning behind the fast I am undertaking. The first artist is gospel smooth jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard.

    I discovered Ben over ten years ago, when the whole genre of gospel jazz was pretty new, as well as new to me. I hadn’t thought of such a combination would exist, but exist it did and still does. Upon discovering it and him, my own musical compositions and live playing took an additional direction…even leading to the formation of a group I current play with, 150 East. I’ve purchased every original release Mr. Tankard has put out, save the “Best Of” compilations…and they are all well worth listening to.

    All Music Guide says this about Ben Tankard:

    He’s been called “the Quincy Jones of Gospel,” and besides being one of the best-selling instrumentalists in Christian music, keyboard player Ben Tankard has justified his tag, producing many stellar gospel projects as well as serving as an executive vice-president at Tribute Records, for which he has recorded extensively. Born in Florida to a minister father and a missionary mother, he began playing drums in church at the age of three. He later graduated to tuba and was offered several music scholarships to college, though he eventually accepted a basketball scholarship instead.

    Tankard endured a rough period of depression and homelessness when a knee injury prevented him from turning professional (though he was drafted by the NBA). A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, an almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboard/organ player. Tankard began his witness in song with 1990’s Keynote Speaker, recorded for Tribute Records. He continued recording and soon moved into production and arranging as well, calling on his reserves of early musical training to provide impeccable jobs for Yolanda Adams, the Alabama State Mass Choir and Michael Bruce. His albums were often light jazz works, offering soothing, reflective gospel instrumentals that were similar to mainstream efforts from George Benson and Kenny G. By 2002, he had released enough albums to put together a “best of” collection, highlighted by a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “You Will Know” featuring Take 6. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

    Introducing…the playlist:

    Kume-Bi-Yah – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
    Instrumentally Yours – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
    Play Me In Your Key – Ben Tankard/Play Me In Your Key
    I Believe You Love Me Now – Ben Tankard/The Minstrel
    Week-End Forecast – Ben Tankard/Let’s Get Quiet – The Smooth Jazz Experience
    Ben’s Coffee House featuring Tim Bowman – Ben Tankard/Play A Lil’ Song For Me
    Overjoyed – Ben Tankard/Play A Lil’ Song For Me
    Ribbon In The Sky – Ben Tankard/Song Of Solomon
    What A Friend – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
    For God So Loved The World – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
    Be With You – Ben Tankard/Keynote Speaker
    Welcome Into This Place – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours
    Eden – Ben Tankard/The Minstrel
    You Will Know – Ben Tankard/Instrumentally Yours

    Here’s Ben’s cover of “You Will Know”

    …and his track “Play Me In Your Key” with guest Kirk Whalum

    The online presence of Ben Tankard is as follows:
    The Ben Tankard Website

    You can listen to an interview with him regarding his latest CD, “Let’s Get Quiet”, here

    All the tracks listed above can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and various other places…as well as in retail stores.

    Thanks for listening to another special edition of The Sunday Soundtrack.