Chris Murray – Retrospective Mixtape 5

Chris Murray Retrospective Mixtape 5

This week we take a long-form approach to Italo-Friday, with an exclusive, hot-off-the-decks, 45 minute mix from Chris Murray.

The fifth instalment of his ongoing Retrospective Mixtape project, this isn’t pure Italo and is more House than Disco, but the energy levels are sky high and frankly, who cares…?

For those who don’t know Mr Murray’s work he’s been a loyal servant of the modern-disco-balearica scene for many years, but (as this mix shows) his DJ roots stretch back to the rave-tastic early 90’s.

Rumours continue to circulate that he is “scaling back operations” but on this evidence he shouldn’t be hanging up the headphones quite yet.

Earlier Retrospective Mixtapes, and much more, can be found on Chris’s Mixcloud page.

Download: Chris Murray – Retrospective Mixtape 5 (right-click)


Guest Mix: Jenko – Drifting on the Sun Raft

Jenko Drifting on the Sun Raft

This splendid mix from Jenko arrived at 500 Miles High Towers a few weeks ago and the only reason it’s not been posted before now is…the weather: how can a mix called “Drifting on the Sun Raft” be launched in the rain?

So with the sun finally poking-out between the SW12 clouds – and looking to stay there for at least today – we’re delighted to present this burnished gem from the South West (England, not London).

Jenko is a master of the horizontal approach to mix-construction – music for the mind rather than the dance floor – and makes Jose Padilla seem like David Guetta.

He’s currently looking to return from semi-retirement to launch a regular session in the Cheltenham area. As that would also involve his partner-in-crime Situation (who’s Get On Up edit we absolutely loved) the night could be a monster.

We wish him luck…

Download: Jenko – Drifting on the Sun Raft (right click)

Guest Mix: Davros3000 – Machine Funk

Davros3000 Machine Funk

“So where’s all the modern-day Intergalactic Funk?”, I hear you ask.

Well, wait no longer, it’s here in the form of a new (and exclusive) mix from Manchester’s Davros3000. Like many of our 500MH contributors, Dav prefers to let the music do the talking, which it does wonderfully on this journey into the empty void of Space. I imagine this is what the robots might have on their iPods on an long, unmanned space-flight: silicone nuggets from the likes of Space Dimension Controller, KiNK, Julio Bashmore (and their android pals).

But enough of the fanciful conjecture…here’s the mix:

Download Davros3000 – Machine Funk (right click)

For more Davros goodies, be sure to check out his soundcloud page

Guest Mix: La Memoria by Dijon

La Memoria Dijon

Right…I’ve been waiting for some decent weather before unleashing this and it looks like today’s the day. Kicking off an ongoing series of mixes that contain more than a whiff of Ambre Solaire, this one is by Dijon and it’s bloody beautiful.

Dijon is a long-term record collector (25 years and counting), occasional/retired DJ and now just enjoys “putting together the odd mix”. This one was inspired by a trip to a certain island, and weaves together mostly-instrumental album tracks (and one or two obscure B sides) to create a lovely island vibe.

The origins of the Dijon name are deliciously Balearic, by the way. In his own words:

I played at an after-party years ago and put on ‘Josephine.’ This guy comes up, 

“Wot vurshon’s that mate, fackin’ mustaard”

“La Francaise”

“Oooh, o’wight, it’s fackin’ dijon then…caaant!”

Download Dijon – La Memoria (right click)

Guest Mix: Slow-Sco by JAZ

Slow-Sco Mix JAZ

We greeted with some sadness the news that 500 Miles High’s favourite edits imprint – Beard Science – is currently in a state of disarray. That’s the problem with scientists, particularly bearded ones: unreliable when it comes to running record labels :-)

I mention this because Beard Science has long been a home to the work of South Carolina’s First Minister of Disco, JAZ. For those in-the-know, the JAZ name is associated with cracking edits (e.g his current contribution to the Messalina Edits series), top-notch mixes (too many to mention) and, of course, his live gigs (not yet experienced first-hand by 500MH, but here’s a recent one he did in-store at a Charleston, SC boutique).

Anyhow…JAZ was kind enough to give us an exclusive mix for the blog – a superb cocktail of slow-disco numbers, that he had previously been holding back for “private listening” (why does this conjure up images of a smoking jacket and possibly a fez?).

In the words of the man himself: “Most are classics, so it won’t scratch the deeper itch of some, but every song is A+ and they needed to all be united on a single mix”.

We agree…

Download JAZ – Slow-Sco (right-click)

Alternative download: JAZ supplied the mix as individual (but still mixed) tracks in a zip file.

p.s. Get well soon, Beard Science…

A 500MH Christmas – Vol 1 – 45badger

500 Miles High Christmas 45badger

Reindeers are go!  The 500MH advent calendar opens with an extended mix of old-fashioned party tunes from 45badger – a set so varied in scope, it can’t be contained in a single mp3 file.

Recorded shortly before he went into winter hibernation, we’ve been saving this up for the Festive period.  Guaranteed to get your Xmas knees-up started…


45badger – Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken? Part 1 (right click)

45badger – Who Stole My Last Piece of Chicken? Part 2 (right click)

Exclusive: Forthcoming KM Editions track(s)

KM Editions Label

Not due out ’til Mid-November, we’ve got our dirty hands on Keyboard Masher’s new three-tracker. If you were a fan of the debut KM Editions release (still a few copies left to buy here), then the new one won’t disappoint – plenty of globe-trotting, sun-drenched grooves to keep the sprit of summer alive.

This has been on the 500MH iPod for a few weeks now and our pick-of-the litter is the multi-layered chugger, Tartari.

So, with the full blessing of the Masher, here’s a taster for the forthcoming limited-edition vinyl…

Download: KM Editions – Tartari (click)

Plus… as a super-special exclusive, a track which for “technical reasons” didn’t make it to the new 12, but should surface sometime in 2011.

Download: KM Editions – Feeling Spacey (right click)

Will leave these online until the vinyl drops – don’t sleep on ’em :-)

Ex-YU Disco Edits Special

Ex Yugoslavia Disco Edits

500MH was delighted to receive some hot new edits from Belgrade the other day, courtesy of Slobodan aka DJ Brka.  Slobo is the man behind the classic East of Cosmic mixes and has played alongside the cream of Europe’s disco-centric DJ’s (Todd Terje, Prins Thomas et al) as well as UK national treasures, Gilles Peterson and Bill Brewster.

In his spare time he edits old records from the former Yugoslavia (and beyond).  If that’s your thing – and it really should be – check out the fanstatic Idi, igraj!: Funk, soul, jazz funk & disco from ex-Yugoslavia 1969-1987 to hear more forgotten gems from the ex-YU.

I’ll try to get some more info on these edits, but in the meantime..enjoy!

Download Oliver Mandic – Smejem Se a Plakao Bih (Slobodan’s Quick Edit) (right click)

Download Dino Dvornik – Ja Bih Prezivio (Slobodan’s Balearic Edit) (right click)

Download Melodia – Estrada (Slobodan’s Quick Edit) (right click)

Rhythm Doctor Exclusives – Part 2

Rhythm Doctor

As promised, here’s Side 2 of Rhythm Doctor’s 1994 edit dubplate. If anything, I like this more than the Candido edit – it’s got a real timeless quality to it, feeling remarkably fresh 16 years on.

It comprises bits of Voices in my Mind by Voices (an MAW production on Sound of Ministry), added strings & deep bass, a jazz drum loop (which RD can’t remember from where) and, of course, Can You Feel It.

Download Rhythm Doctor – Can U Feel Freedom (right click)

Rhythm Doctor: Exclusive edit and interview

Candido Rhythm Doctor Edit

Very excited yesterday when Rhythm Doctor got in touch to offer the blog this exclusive, and historic, edit that he put together back in 1994. As you can see from the pic above, it was pressed up as an acetate after being hand-crafted on the home technology of the day (see below for more details).

Side 1 is a version of Candido’s classic Thousand Fingered Man (with new bass lines, kick drum & other assorted loops).  On side 2 – well, I’ll cover than in a future post but suffice to say it’s similarly ace.

I caught up with up the with good Doctor to find out more about this recording:

500 Miles High: Were many people doing re-edits back in 1994 ?

Rhythm Doctor: actually thinking about it no (well in the london house music scene)…for me it was a natural progression from the mashups i did with truelove -‘mister phuture’ & ‘give ’em the boot’. in the early 90’s lots of uk house dj’s used to cut dubplates of pre-released stuff (mostly from new york) myself included. so i thought i might as well be creative with some favourite tracks & mess with them & get them cut on acetate for dj play. back in 94 cd players in clubs were either non existent or just terrible. add to that the fact the burning a cd was almost as expensive as an acetate. later i got things released notably ‘isotonic chakra’ on discfunction.

What were the challenges of using “vintage” technology?

i made my dj edits & remixes at home on atari with cubase, casio fz1 sampler & various classic drum machines & modules. better stuff was avalable but this would have cost me studio & engineers time so i worked within a budget & with equipment i knew. these edits/reworks have added musical elements which are basic as i’m not a trained musician.

What venues/nights were you playing back then?

‘feel real’ at the gardening club in london was my weekly residency with, rob acteson, femi b, evil o & mc – emix. that lasted 2 or 3 years & virtually every major house dj played there as our guest. the south coast scene was really buzzing then & i had a residency at sterns in worthing, tonic in bognor regis & loads of work in portsmouth, bournemouth & the isle of wight. i played mos main room several times also.

What other tracks would this edit sit along side in a typical RD set from 94?

bloody hell you’re really testing my memory….well ‘feel real’ was heavy on the strictly rhythm, nervous, bottom line & 8 ball stuff. so from the harder edged dj pierre & dj duke stuff to vocals & maw productions.

Are you still knocking out the edits today?

yes as well original tracks but apart from personal play i don’t really feel the incentive to sell them on. in a month or so i will get more active on soundcloud. i’ve got lots of stuff to put up there.

Where can our readers see you DJ?

they would have to travel to estonia at the moment where i play 3 or 4 times a month. mutant disco is my regular night there which has been going now for almost 14 years every month. we bring a very varied slection of guest dj’s, last month it was todd terje, but previously we’ve had kode 9, actress, the bug & zomby for instance & going further back, moodyman, joe clausel, dj pierre & even bill brewster :-)

Rhythm Doctor in action

Download Candido – Thousand Fingered Man (Rhythm Doctor Edit) (right click)