500 Miles High: End of Phase I

Four years on from the last meaningful update it can be safely said that 500MH Phase I (2010 - 2013) has ended. As such I've now taken down the 100 or so tracks that were previously posted up here for "sharing" purposes. Welcome news for the copyright holders, though it did mean that a few... Continue Reading →

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Michael Cook – Sun Haze Blues

When we heard that this mix is now scandalously "out of print", having disappeared from the wonderful Claremont 56 website, the 500MH office immediately contacted Mr Cook's office to rectify matters. Anyone who has attended a Low Life party, or indeed simply been to a London pub or club, will know Michael Cook as a fearless DJ,... Continue Reading →

DJ Rubens – Baia Degli Angeli, 1978

Italy's Adriatic coast, 1978: where the jeans where white, the sunglasses mirrored and the scooters two-stroke. Baia Degli Angeli: mythical, white-walled, pleasure-dome for the rich and beautiful; its DJ booth housed in a glass elevator so that the selectors could service all four floors at once, dance-floors that were among the first in Europe to hear New York-style, beat-matched... Continue Reading →

Beniamino Gigli – Torna a Surriento

To mark today's start of the Giro d'Italia here's something that I always imagine being played on a wind-up gramophone in a crumbling Venetian palazzo, perhaps while an ageing Conte lies dying in his bed... Download: Beniamino Gigli - Torna a Surriento (right click)

Snow in Brazil

So we're rolling again, thanks to that purest of motives: self-promotion. On the other hand, Lord Muck's recent mix of Brazilian obscurities could be seen as something of a public service (warms you up, innit?) Whatever your view, it's over on Mixcloud or, for the right-click enthusiasts, here. Get it while the snow lasts. Obrigado.

Hiroshima – Lion Dance (@ 33)

Our recent Sun Ra post referenced the long and (mostly) honourable tradition of DJ's playing records at the wrong speed...intentionally, that is. The most committed of wrong-speed merchants must surely be Danielle Baldelli who, in his pomp at the Cosmic Club, seldom played a record at the correct speed. Or so people say. Actually, the truth of this... Continue Reading →

The Cannibals – She Knows

A quiet weekend at 500MH Towers after Friday night...but we can't leave you without your fill of early-80's South African synth-driven contemplative disco-boogie. From the 1981 LP, Put Your Dancing Shoes On, this is a tasty down-tempo groover that echoes the production sensibilities of New York, but with a distinctively SA twist. Or something... Download: The Cannibals - She Knows (right-click)

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