Eccentrics Edits


Straight outta Peckham. The Eccentrics “boys” have been throwing ace parties and assorted tomfooleries in SE15 for a few years now – notably at The Gowlett pub – so it was only a matter of time before they distilled their very essence into something you can buy, take home and use in your private recreations. That something is the Eccentrics Edits 12″.

OK, so it’s been out for ages (500MH has been away for a while, in case you hadn’t noticed) but time hasn’t dulled it’s sinewy funk, sub-atomic chug or globetrotting trittsicherheit.  Still copies to be had on Juno and if the parties sound like your cup-of-tea, then best checkout their Facebook page.

Balearic Sunday, 4th August 2013

Balearic Sunday Electric Social

500MH is now officially back from Crete, where we had to *endure* the above sunset night after night.

On the plus side, I’m delighted to report that next Sunday I will be hauling my tanned frame down to Brixton’s Electric Social to play music alongside regular collaborator and Balearic-shaker Mark Limb (Electric Disco), plus all-round DJ / producer / edit-maestro / label-owner / good egg, Mark Gilbert (Stupid Human).

Facebookers go here.

Everyone else, this is what will be going down:

“This Sunday we’ll be heading off into the first in a series of all day sessions at Brixton’s Electric Social, spinning our usual Balearic soundtrack from early afternoon right through until midnight.

For this first session we’re joined by good friend John ‘Lord Muck’, chief author of the consistently awesome 500 miles high blog, alongside Mark Gilbert (Stupid Human), super producer, re-editor and resident DJ at Peckham’s infamous Eccentrics Disco.

Sunday is also Brixton’s annual Splash festival and the forecast says sun, so we’re expecting the streets to be rammed with revellers as the carnival spirit takes over the streets of SW9, so if you’re looking for somewhere to escape from the crowds or come for a dance once the Splash festivities wind down, then The Electric Social is where it’s at.

It’s free in, there’s a great new terrace at the front so you can grab the last bit of weekend sunshine and the cocktails are 2 for 1 all day.. What’s not to like?!

Hopefully see you there! 

The Electric Disco 


Unplanned Afternoons #82


I don’t plug every edition of Unplanned Afternoons on here, but Ian has come up with such a good logo for tomorrow’s Unplanned Afternoons #82, it would be churlish not to.

As ever, it’s all in a good cause – this time the Red Cross’s Syria Crisis Appeal:

Full Facebook Event details here:

Or if you prefer, the pertinent details expressed in good old-fashioned words…

Ridiculous eclecticism, guaranteed, with DJs:
Prolix // Ruby Rocks // Lord Muck // The Unplanned Allstars //
TOMORROW, Saturday 3rd March 2012, 4pm-12am //
1 Camden High Street, corner of Mornington Crescent, Camden, NW1 7JE // //
MAP: //
Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent //

The Dogstar, SW9…Tonight!

Love Cliche Dogstar

Tonight, as they say, all roads lead to Brixton’s Dogstar for a night of – among other things – Electric Disco madness. As can be seen from the flyer, there are a lot of competing attractions, but the main thing you need to know is that Mark, Chris and myself (Lord Muck) will be playing a “Brixton sunset” set in the main bar from 6 til 9, before moving upstairs to the Ballroom where we’ll be turning up the heat til around 3 .

Disco. Cosmic. Balearic. All words that inadequately describe the musical stew we’ll be serving up…though they probably give you a fair idea. See you on the dance floor…

Dogstar Valentine’s Ball, 11th February

Lord Muck

People occasionally ask me: “Lord Muck, these entertaining blogposts and home-made mixes are all very well, but can you still rock a party?”

It’s a fair question, and one that will be answered definitively at Brixton’s Dogstar on 11th February when I’ll be joining forces with Mark Limb and Chris Murray to bring some afro-cosmo-balearo-whateverwelike-o vibes to SW9:

More details, backstage gossip etc. to follow…including (if I can find time) a cheeky promo mix.  Stay tuned.

Unplanned Afternoons: The Spotify Playlist

78 Labels 500MH

So…at the insistence of my family I’ve just forked-out for a Spotify premium account. As a training exercise, I’ve had a go at converting my recent Unplanned Afternoons setlist into a Spotify playlist.

I’m strangely pleased to report that several of the tracks aren’t available on Spotify *unappealing smug grin* but here’s what’s left…

Lord Muck – Unplanned Afternoons 78

This clearly paves the way for more unfettered 500MH Spotify action. Stay tuned…

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Unplanned Afternoons: The Setlist…

Unplanned Afternoon 78

Most of the factors that stop me updating 500MH regularly are pretty tedious. One of the more pleasant ones however is my regular participation in the splendid Unplanned Afternoons “night”.

The guvnor, Ian/Prolix, is insistent on rigorous transcription of setlists and he was kind enough to let me know what I played last month. Note that due to reduced numbers of DJ’s, this was a near 3 hour set, allowing me to “stretch out” a bit more than usual (eagle-eyed nerds will spot a section comprising only of tracks from the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series).

Anyway…this is what went down at Unplanned Afternoons 78:

1: KOOL & THE GANG: summer madness

2: GUY CUEVAS: obsession {the nassua mix}

3: RAUL ORELLANA: entre dos aguas {the night time mix}

4: LABI SIFFRE: doctor doctor

5: BLACK SABBATH: planet caravan {t2mm edit}

6: POINTER SISTERS: hypnotised

7: ROGER CHAPMAN: burlesque

8: SPITERI: i’m a man

9: THE HOLLIES: dragging my heels

10: IAN WILLSON: four in the morning {goodking edit}

11: ST MAARTEN’S THE ROLLING TONES: it’s a feeling


13: RICHARD STOUTE: vehicle

14: NANA PAVLOVIC: brodvej


16: GIL SCOTT HERON: lady day and john coltrane

17: AFRICAN DREAMS: make a living

18: ACOS COOLKAS: free flight {instrumental}

19: THE BLOW MONKEYS: la passionara

20: RICHIE HAVENS: back to my roots

21: AS FRENETICAS: se voce pensa {lord muck edit}

22: WAS NOT WAS: tell me than i’m dreaming

23: STEALER’S WHEEL: stuck in the middle {todd terje edit}

24: ALIVE!: skindo le le

25: TWO MAN SOUND: que tal america

26: THE MONKEES: mary mary

27: WILSON PICKETT: get me back on time

28: RUFUS THOMAS: do the funky penguin

29: CHERYL LYNN: got to be real

30: 20TH CENTURY STEEL BAND: heaven and hell


32: BABE RUTH: the mexican

33: SANTA ESMERALDA: don’t let me be misunderstood

34: ASWAD: warrior charge

35: YELLOWMAN: strong me strong

36: TODDLA T: streets so warm

37: THE DYNAMICS: miss you

38: WANDO: nega de obluae

39: JORGE BEN: taj mahal

40: JON HENDRICKS: i’ll bet you thought i’d never find you

41: MARK MURPHY: aint nobody here but us chickens

42: WAS A BE: this is what you are

So if that gets your juices flowing, it all happens again tomorrow at the Lyttelton Arms, Camden. I’m on at 16:00, but scheduled to play for a more modest 80 mins this time…

We Are One!

unplanned afternoons lyttelton arms

A year ago today I set sail on this blog-tastic voyage – so a sincere 500MH thank you to all our contributors and consumers over the past 12 months.

It’s somehow fitting that the day sees me frantically burning CD’s in preparation for a spot of “deck-bothering” at Unplanned Afternoons tomorrow …er… afternoon:

It’s been a little while since my last outing, but I’ll be aiming to put the “ridiculous” into “ridiculously eclectic”. As Bobby Womack said: You’re welcome, stop on by….

Ukuleles: The new Balearic?

Balham Ukulele Society Live

The other Sunday, the Balham Ukulele Society (featuring *ahem* me) took it to the streets to share our distinctive brand of uku-learica with the people of SW12.

As you can see from the pics, it was a classic street-party vibe – free food and drink, blue skies, beards, plucked instruments – it could have been in Ibiza in ’84…

Balham Ukulele Society Live

Balham Ukulele Society Live

Balham Ukulele Society Live

Pat Metheny Group Live

Pat Metheny

Back at the Barbican again last night to see Pat Metheny trawling through the Pat Metheny Group Songbook (in other words, a “greatest hits” tour).  Genius of balearic melodo-jazz or self-indulgent guitar wank-fest? The jury is still out. Compared to the last time we saw him (Hammersmith Odeon, early 90’s), the absence of vocalists and percussion robs the tracks of a certain something (the PMG performed as a quartet this time). So…far from a waste of time (and £65), but it fell slightly short of expectations.

One genuinely interesting moment came when PM did a solo spot playing what I later found out to be a 42 string guitar. As illustrated in this clip:

Finally, a bit of vintage Metheny for you that I used on my recent Philips MPBC Series Mix – PM playing on a lovely Celia Vaz track from 1981…

Download Celia Vaz – Mutacao (right click)