Fiesta Mora – Alabina

It can be a fine line between the uber-Balearic and the utter tat (just ask my long-suffering partner) and I'm not sure which side of the divide today's track stands on. But as it's Eurovision night, I'll give this one the benefit of the doubt... Download: Fiesta Mora - Alabina (right click)

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Labi Siffre – Doctor Doctor

Ah...the joys of a summer cold: a recent attack of "man flu" has halted blogging activities, but boosted local sales of Lockets. My sorry condition made me think of this delightful obscurity from Labi Siffre - though listening to the (slightly misogynistic) lyrics, his doctor wasn't dispensing cold remedies... Download: Labi Siffre - Doctor Doctor (right... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas!

Season greetings to all who've supported the blog in 2010 (or at least taken a quick look at it). This sounds like it could be a Christmas record, but isn't. But it is great, and it features Ben E King... Download Average White Band - Star in the Ghetto (right click)

Brother D – Dib-Be-Dib-Be-Dize

Sticking with the cassette-ripping action, I've got a few tapes on the mid-80's New York label ROIR (Reach Out International Records), a casette-only imprint that released original material, such as the harmalodic funk of  Alfonio Tims & His Flying Tigers as well as reissues of out-of-print titles by the likes of Prince Far I &... Continue Reading →

Idi, igraj!: Forgotten disco from ex-Yugoslavia

This (ahem) bootleg compilation - Idi, igraj!: Funk, soul, jazz funk & disco from ex-Yugoslavia 1969-1987 compiled by DJ Funky Junkie - blew me away when I found out about it from Slobodon Jovanavic's blog, where it can be downloaded in full. Like most people outside the former Yugoslavia, my knowledge of the local soul/funk/disco... Continue Reading →

A little summat’ for Yorkshire Day

Ee, 'ow time flies - it's Yorkshire Day again!  To mark this joyous annual celebration of all things Yorkshire, here's a cheeky little number from the Leeds-based Lunar Jam boys (must ask them if they mind me posting this).  It's from last year's excellent Lunar Jam Edits Vol. 2, which at time of writing is... Continue Reading →

Ahoy Shipmates!

Welcome to 500 Miles High: tracks, mixes, edits (and the like) from all points on the disco compass. To kick things off here is a great disco-tinged track from the early 80's LP, "Red Cloud in Dub" by Red Cloud (sometimes credited as The Red Cloud Band).  Sadly this selection is vaguely topical as the engineer,... Continue Reading →

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