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

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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)

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…

Listen/download:

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

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

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: 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)

Guest Mix: 45badger – Afri Cola

45 Badger Africola Mix

500 Miles High is delighted to host an exclusive guest mix from DJ, edit maestro and impoverished new father, 45 Badger (Beard Science). But the Badger is still digging and has swapped high-stakes eBay bidding wars for car-boot sales, unearthing some amazing bargains along the way, a few of which are shared here (no track-listing as yet, but we may get it out of him).

If ever a mix summed-up what the 500MH blog is all about, it’s this one: forgotten treasures from around the world and funky as hell:

Download 45badger – Afri Cola (right click)

The latest Beard Science 12″ is still available  from Juno (if you’re quick)

Update: track-listing now received :-)

  • Acid Rain – Steel ‘n’ Skin
  • Oye Odo – Pat Thomas and Ebo Taylor
  • Also Spreach Zarathustra – Eumir Deodato e Rosco & The Prophetic Band
  • I Know – Terry Winter
  • Atomicao Platonico – Vanusa
  • Steppin Out – Bob Morgan And Steppin Out
  • Ladies Night – Michael Franks
  • In Your Eyes (soft version) – Reeds
  • Red Light – David Boydell
  • ???????? – Hee Sisters (can’t read Korean)
  • Amigo Branco (12″) – Marcia Maria
  • Lady – Steel ‘n’ Skin
  • Summer The First Time – Kenny Copeland
  • Aki Special (12″) – Wagadu Gu
  • The Rising Cost Of Love – Elkie Brooks