Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ssg Special - Delta Funktionen: warm-up set for Jeff Mills, Doornroosje Nijmegen


If haven't yet heard Delta Funktionen's Electromagnetic Radiation II EP, please remedy this immediately. It's rare that an EP manages to do everything: here are four tracks, each with its own distinct role in a good set; but each stands on its own as a composition, as a piece of music - transforming genre-based craft into a work of art. It is the primary reason why Delta Funktionen is my favourite techno producer working at the moment. I don't make that claim likely: there's a level wisdom in all of Niels' releases that belies his age, and makes me keep returning to these recordings again and again and again. They stay with you. Maybe the difference is care? Whatever the reasons, these are wonderful records that we'll still be listening to long after 'which house' (or whatever) has been and done and gone for good (or evil).

Delta Funktionen is no slouch behind the decks, either. Alex, one of my good friends, worked his way through the ssg mixes a while back. A few months ago he commented at length on how the Delta Funktionen mix we hosted had become his favourite. 'It was just one of those mixes you could really feel,' he told me. 'Every track, track after track, from start to finish, again and again.'

See the pattern? And Niels certainly hasn't been fucking around since he recorded that mix for us sixteen months ago if this puppy is anything to go by.

DF, in his own words:

'This a 3 hour recording of my warm-up set for Jeff Mills in Doornroosje Nijmegen, The Netherlands (22 Oct 2010). It was probably one of the most difficult gigs I've played 'til now, as it was all about timing to bring the set to an end where Jeff Mills could take over from zero. Despite some small fuck ups – probably due to some nerves (and some little resonance..) – I'm very happy with the result. Nowadays it's pretty rare having an opportunity to play deep stuff like this in The Netherlands. But this was the right night to do so.

In the end, it was a legendary evening. Mills was supposed to play for three hours, but he and the crowd ended up enjoying themselves so much he played for an extra hour. From sci-fi techno, old ravey stuff, right through disco, with several 909 solos and a strobe running all night long, it was like the room was in a time machine, travelling between 1991 and the next century. I'm very glad I was part of this night and even though I'm not a big fan of live recordings, I still feel like I want to share my set with all you digital warriors.' DF.

Ssg Special - Delta Funktionen @ Doornroosje Nijmegen 22.10.2010

For more info, check Delta Funktionen's homepage and myspace. Thanks to Niels for sharing this special set with the ssgs.

36 comments:

  1. want to listen to this one interrupted, downloading and saving this one for late night tonight

    thanks much guys :D

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  2. wow, bold and amazing! thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. Oh yeah! Delta Funktionen is the man!

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  4. Thanks ssgs, was waiting quite some time for something special!
    This one will have a special place from me:)

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  5. Great share!!! Thanks for sharing this.

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  6. well...this is definitely one i want the entire tracklist for. fucking amazing so far, and i'm just barely scratching the surface of it.

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  7. Yep, this is pretty awesome!!! Thanks a lot!

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  8. also very much a fan of DF! his remix of conforce fictional environment one of my favourites of the year...

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  9. looks like the official.fm link is down for a few hours, please use the soundcloud one in the interim:

    http://soundcloud.com/mnml-ssgs/ssg-special-delta-funktionen-planet-rose-22-10-2010

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  10. This is an amazing mix!!!

    DF is certainly in a class of his own!

    Thanks for the share

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  11. This is really quite speacial. Analogue Bubblebath AND Consumed all within the breadth of the first 45 minutes?! Awesome!

    There's just something so majestic, patient, timeless about this. Thanks for sharing, and huge thanks to DF for the vision.

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  12. Nice...saw Delta play a few records last weekend but got pulled away by Dettmann who was killing it in the other room. Good stuff.

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  13. thanks for this ssgs & a huge helping of respect to df. a real special mix

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  14. Fantastic. Loving the fact that Consumed was dropped. Big up to the ssgs and df for this!

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  15. I decided about a month ago that DF was my favourite current techno producer too, mostly after spending countless hours with Conforce's Fictional Environement on repeat (will I spend $85 on buying it on 12" from discogs? I don't know!) Seems like a nice guy too from email exchanges.

    This mix is one brilliant track after another! So good! Thankyou~!

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  16. Great mix. I love how Autechre is used at a few points.

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  18. Thank you all for your warm & lovely comments. I'm glad it got received so well. Really appreciated!

    DF

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  19. Really, really beautiful mix. Perfect to work to, although I'm running the risk of annoying colleagues through constant toe-tapping. As ever, good work SSGS.

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  20. Nasty set...definitely a journey.....one of the best ive heard this year...tracklist please!!!

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  21. Need to know the track that starts about 10 mins from end - with the amazing melancholic, ambient background noise. yes please

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  22. Listening to this made me want to give up DJing. I'll never be this good. Dope mix and long too.

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  23. killing killing FUCKIN killing set, like techno has to sound!

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  24. second post to shout:
    again & again & again LOUD on my itunes,

    fucking archetype!

    \m/

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  25. Daniel said...

    Need to know the track that starts about 10 mins from end - with the amazing melancholic, ambient background noise. yes please

    November 3, 2010 9:29 PM

    Same here, I keep listening to this mix (i usually never do this) and really like to know that second last track. I've heard it before, I just can't find it.

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  26. What a briljant set! I was actually there and it was breathtaking! Thanx man!

    The song y'all are looking for is a combination of these ones:

    Maurizio M5A:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iXCwilsgqA

    Autechre Vletrmx21:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fswGKEuTNEc

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  27. Nice find tom.
    That's why it sounded so familiar. I have both these tracks.
    Well, I guess there is a future for mash-ups after all :)

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  28. after such an epic journey into tekno, i would rather advertise some kind of matos (movement against tracklistings of sets)... starting now, because this very set is an act of pure artistic creation all way through!

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  29. @Mr. diZz
    These tracks will never sound as good as in this set... so you're probably right. That was my last ID-post on this set!

    DF you're a hero! Keep up the outstanding work!

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  30. @Tom: not much that we shouldn't share ID tracks in between music lovers, but more from the DJ side. if her/his work has been created with true honnesty and generosity, and that the result is such a feeling of beautiful oneness (here for 3 f** hours!), DJs should maybe keep their tracklistings in warm secret places and go on feeding mystery :)

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  31. I NEED to know what the track is that starts to come in at 1hr 55mins. Oh man.

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  32. Great description that you made with the artist. ;))
    Delta Funktionen put me out of stars, he puts mystery, deepness, space and hot refined techno grooves,role the roots and the space, mix with giant subtlety and that why i real love his profile, besides is of the Delsin team that i love too.

    I really enjoy to read your post with sophisticated guests!!

    Love bro,

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  33. No longer available ... hope someone will make it downloadable again :(

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