Thursday, August 12, 2010

ssg special - john osborn @ panorama bar


august has accidentally turned into panorama bar month at mnml ssgs. first, a mix from prosumer, now a live recording from the venue, and still one more p-bar related mix to come... given this, it is rather appropriate that i began the month dancing to steffi at panorama bar, and next to me was john osborn, the man responsible for the latest ssg special mix. rather than me trying to explain it, i asked john to say a few words:

"This mix, for me, is special as it loosely represents various streams of my life meeting up in one lake. I've being DJ-ing for over 15 years now, and the most important of those years have been in Berlin. Naturally over the years I have traversed many different sounds and genres. During this time I've developed and changed as a person, and my ‘sound’ has always reflected these life stages. Looking back, I've always leaned to the darker, deeper sounds of electronic dance music -  even in happier times of my life and probably the most prevalent sound has been a dub sound.

Playing at Panorama Bar is always special, and being given the opportunity to play at the Sub:stance second birthday party for 3 hours before SCB is incredible - so I knew I had to get it recorded [1 hour of the SCB is here]. This was the first set I'd ever played knowing it was to be recorded, so I really took my time in the weeks leading up to the gig planning the direction I was going to take. I never wanted to plan this set so meticulously that every track and every mix was irrevocable for the entire three hours - as I like to allow myself the freedom to change direction if it is needed, but I did get on my decks and plan a sketch of the set in a condensed time format of around an hour. Through this sketch I decided to represent as many of the sounds possible that have meant so much to me in a coherent way, without it sounding ‘eclectic’. To do this I used that thread of the dub sound that could be found in all the styles that I have enjoyed.

Unfortunately the recording of the actual night lost approximately the first 30 mins. I started the night off with Sign Of The Dub, HYP001, and slowly took it up to end it with Omar S 004. So the starting point does give a clue to the entire mix idea and some of the vocals that are played in the mix are purposely played in this order to have a meaning. It’s a kind of William Burrows cut and paste thing but in a more subtle flowing audio form. Of course this meaning is very loose and I’m the only one that really knows it is there - but this doesn’t really matter - make out of it want you want, but some clever folk out there may piece it together.

I’d like to thank Paul Spymania & Paul Rose for having faith in me and letting me do this gig, and mnml ssgs for continuing to offer such an invaluable source of inspiration of important dance music and giving this mix a platform."

ssg special - john osborn @ sub:stance 2nd birthday, panorama bar, 9.7.10


if you happen to be in/near berlin this weekend, i would strongly suggest checking out the latest edition of the 'jackoff' parties john organises with elie eidelman. this saturday they've invited two longtime friends of the ssgs: falko is playing live and eli is on the decks. what a great combo! should be a very fun night. definitely get down there!

as john explained, this is a special set for him, so we really appreciate him letting us share it with you all. enjoy, it's a goodie...

49 comments:

  1. Awesome immaculate set! Watch out for this guy... I have still to hear a better selector!

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  2. This set is pure class, so elegant.

    Thanks!

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  3. Does anyone know the name of the song that goes around 2:01:32? I think I've listened to it hundred of times.

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  4. hey robot - I believe your talking about the Wax 3003 12"

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  5. opp - sorry Wax 30003 - i forgot a zero ;)

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  6. this guy is smooth as hell! and i am pleased to play with him b2b once again pretty soon! big up, john!

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  7. John, that one.

    As it was familiar... I own the vinyl!

    I'm too bad with this stuff.

    Thanks :)

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  8. HOLY SMOKES THIS SET IS A KILLER! easily in the top 10 of recent sets, possibly top 10 all time. . .

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  9. Anyone ID the tune at 50minutes?

    Cheers

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  10. while what i've heard of this set is pretty good...


    planning your shit out weeks in advance? isn't that for trance dj's?

    i thought playing techno was all about just going for it and taking chances, not having everything laid out perfectly.

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  11. the track at 50 is:

    http://www.discogs.com/Keith-Worthy-Moments-In-Rhythm-Vol-2/release/2236668

    and thanks for the kind words!

    @ erik c - nothing was planned out perfectly at all. As I said: "I never wanted to plan this set so meticulously that every track and every mix was irrevocable" - far from it, not my style and never has been.
    x

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  12. ahh, then i misread it. my bad.

    still enjoying it! got some jams in here, for sure.

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  13. no problem eric, and thanks. I've really enjoyed your sets i've DL-ed from here also! top! x

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  14. track at 18? need it!
    track at 27min. is HEAVEN!

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  15. that's really interesting because:

    18 min: Rotary Cocktail 024 by Marko F├╝rstenberg
    27 min: Rotary Cocktail 011 by Marko F├╝rstenberg

    the only two RC tracks I played & you picked them out
    I guess your a Marko fan !

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  16. they did sound similar, and yes, big furstenburg fan. guess we could share record crates. hahaha.


    what about 57? this is a monster.

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  17. lol - yo min 57 is the Vampire EP - Echochord 42 - yeah that bass line is so serious! :)

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  18. had great fun listening to this mix. thanks mr osborne & ssgs! i have spent some pounds on discogs following this mix, so power to the podcast for supporting vinyl sales. managed to recreate some of those magical panorama bar moments in my bedroom. all i need to get is a picture of a gaping anus and the setting will be complete

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  19. What track did u drop after Skudge?

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  20. off the top of my head I believe the track after the skudge is Levon Vincent! Double jointed Sex...

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  21. I'm really enjoying this set. Definatly one of the best I've heard in a while.

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  22. Hi, what a great set! Whats the id for 33.5 onwards please?

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  23. WOW! One of the better downloads in while. Definitely not "eclectic", there is a vision.

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  25. @endie08 - its Ben Klock on deeply rooted house - here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCF0fXy7pM

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  26. This is an amazing two-and-a-half hours. This might be the best podcast/mix I've heard this year after the Peverelist FACT mix -- it's certainly the best since then. (They're impossible to compare, apples & oranges etc, but I hold that mix very highly). Genius selecting, brilliant mixing, wonderful pacing. This is what 'techno & house' (the coupling rather than separation is important) should sound like.

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  27. Brilliant mix, got my feet moving under my desk at work!

    Would love to know the name if the track at about 2h04m, after Wax 30003.

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  28. Please could you tell me the name of the track that starts from the 8th minute?

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  29. Lovely set.

    What's the tune at about 40 mins in? Sounds a bit like a dub techno Todd Edwards when the cut up vocals come in.

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  30. some more ids:

    Garek - 08min: Luke Hess, Motor Dub on FXHEMUSIC

    Ronan - 33.5min: RIBN Light Black EP

    Mattybalam - 40min: Langenberg - Times - Manuel Tur's mix

    j.x

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  31. The perfect mix of SCB !
    Can anyone ID the second track ?

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  33. Finally get a day alone in my office to listen to this in its entirety, loving it John! Can i get an idea for track 1.45.50 - love the contrast in mood right here. Top stuff - Magda

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  34. thanks Magda - I'm actually going to sit down and right the track list up this weekend as I'm getting so many track ID requests from this mix! the track you want to know is Boing Pop by Tevo Howard:

    http://www.discogs.com/Tevo-Howard-Kisses-From-New-York-Boing-Pop/release/2224728

    I remember well dropping that one - I decided that we needed a little lightness to edge the darkness up if you know what i mean. J

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  35. @ J.O.

    Thanks! The Howards are on fire this year. I've also pilfered several other tracks from this mix after hearing them here, so full tracklist would be great - and dangerous ;P The Ribn stuff is great also.

    M

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  36. Great mix- looking froward to the tracklist, there's a few on there i'm after the id's of!

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  37. I've had this on heavy rotation for weeks. Incredible set. Have been completely amazed by the careful selection and the way it takes you deeper. Like walking down a flight of stairs.

    The floor must have lost it when you dropped the Vampire ep..

    That tracklist would be very welcome. 1 or 2 I can't nail down.

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  38. Wow, one of my favorite mixes of the year, impeccable selection. Thank you.

    Would love IDs for 30 min, 1:39 & 2:31

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  39. my favourite dj live mix of this year so far ...

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  40. Dear John, Dear mnml ssg!
    congratulations on the sub:stance 2nd birthday mix at panorama bar 9.7.10. I love it. In the comments there you mention to Magda that you will actually dish out the complete tracklist. Sooooo, now you already know what my question is. Can you and would you please be to kind to ID those seminal 2:35:35? Would love to explore. Thanks for any help on this. Much appreciated.
    Telux

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  41. boom boom boom
    SPLASH
    untz untz untz untz!

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  42. boom boom boom snap
    boing boing boing boom tshcak!
    boom hiss boom hisz
    untzuntzuntzuntzuntzuntz

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  43. full tracklist is here:

    http://mnmlssg.blogspot.com/2010/10/john-osborn-panorama-bar-tracklist.html


    :)

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  44. fyi, he just did a great mix for Get The Curse :) http://www.getthecurse.com/2011/11/29/john-osborn-tanstaafl-gtc162/

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