Wednesday, March 3, 2010

mnml ssgs mx50: peter van hoesen


number 50... wow. hard to believe. this series started in april 2008 with bvdub and while we had plans to do something special, never did we expect it to blow up the way it has. one of the major reasons the series has been so strong is because we were lucky to have some fantastic mixes early on that set the bar high and helped to define what we were trying to do. there are a couple of pivotal mixes we've had, and for me one of them has to be peter van hoesen's first mix. what made it so important is that peter did not just make a quality mix, he made a quality mix for us - he really understood what we were trying to do and he tailored his mix accordingly. peter's was not the first killer mix in the series, but it was one of the first ssg mixes (if that makes sense). so, when it came time for mx50, peter was someone who fitted just perfectly - an excellent way to celebrate the series as a whole, and also peter's impressive rise and rise in the techno world.

i've listened to this mix a lot already, and i've been thinking carefully about what to say here. i could talk about the way peter has moved from strength to strength over the last 2 years, or his killer livepas and deftly weighted dj sets, or his new album which is going to be a highlight of 2010. but if you read ssgs, you probably know all this. and if not, check RA or something. for me it is hard to separate this mix from peter, the person. and that's what i'd like to write about. i first met peter at labyrinth 2008 and since then i've been lucky enough to forge a strong friendship with him. and i'm really proud to have him as a friend. peter just gets it. he is reflective, thoughtful and cares deeply about what he does. there are many parts of his character that impress me and i greatly respect, but perhaps above all what i appreciate is the amount of thought that lies behind his actions. and this trait defines the mix he has put together for us. that's all i'll say about it. quite simply, peter may be a quality musician, but above that he is a quality individual. much respect.

peter put together a few words about the mix:

"In September 2009 I played two dj sets, different to what I usually put on. The first set was at Panorama bar, as a part of the Lan Muzic label night. The vibe was already more than ok before I had to come on, thanks to sublime sets by Philip Sherburne and Jacopo Carreras. I continued, playing a three-hour set, starting out really slow, gradually working my way up into faster territory, but never going as full-on as I would when playing techno. That P-bar set was one of my personal highlights of last year. Along with, you guessed it, Labyrinth, which took place a few weeks later. My dj set at Labyrinth started at six in the morning. Because of this I felt like a giant alarm clock, responsible for slowly waking people up to bring them in the mood for the last day of bliss. Here also I started very slowly, without beats, trying to get people to move out of their tents, into what was going to be a very special day. There were a few difficult moments in the set, most of all related to the fact that it was hard to increase the pace at such an early hour. So I kept the tempo within limits, going near 128bpm only at the last part of the set.

I have fond memories of both dj sets, not only because of the context (the people, the space, the vibe, the love and the intensity) but also because they allowed me to do something else than usual. This was my inspiration for this mix."


mnml ssgs mx50: peter van hoesen

peter has an excellent new album, 'entropic city', which is due to drop on 22 march. definitely worth checking. for more info on PvH, check the site for his label, time to express. he's playing out quite a bit with the new album, and if anyone is near berlin on 17 april i would strongly, strongly recommend catching him at berghain. my guess is he is going to do something very special. huge thanks to peter for the mix and his ongoing support, and to all the artists and our readers that have helped us reached 50. thanks!

35 comments:

  1. Yayness! Inspired move, chaps.

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  2. tnx, downloading as i type. SPAM: his EP together with Donato Dozzy (and Matt O'Brien on the flip) is out on Curle since this week! all info: http://www.curle.be

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  3. wow, big up for this!
    waiting for his entropic theories

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  4. OK, call me biased, but this is great stuff!

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  5. anyone in manchester in may he will also be making a trip here TBC!!

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  6. How fine ? Damned fine.
    What amazes me about this guy is he is consistently excellent in what he puts together, yet each stands on its own; Never a sense of same / same. Always fresh and innovative.
    # 50 scores !

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  7. wohoo, great groovy mix! anyone knows the track playin around minute 42?? not patient enough to wait for playlist im afraid.. ;)

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  8. ..oh and the tracks buildin up the first 40 minutes and the ones following 42...
    waiting for the playlist sometimes feels like waiting to get the secret recipe and ingredients of a delicious meal you enjoyed

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  9. until now, the best vanhoesen mix-tape in my collection !

    thanks peter & mnmlssgs

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  10. @ katha

    one before 42minute is
    Claro intelecto - X

    after that is
    photek - glamourama

    great to hear pvh's style in a more downtempo manner! thanks peter and mnmlssgs!

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  11. this was great. totally different from what i expected from pvh, but shows his range quite well.

    the ending was phenomenal. this will be getting loads of spins.

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  12. @ p.p.

    Thnx a lot!..i knew I had this track somewhere here. Now its playing already! merci

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  13. the last 3 tracks are a-ma-zing.

    peter always delivers

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  14. jawdroppin' awe as everything by the hose

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  15. Can't say much more than what's here: solid mix all around. Anyone know the track that comes in around 56:00? So sick.

    Thanks!

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  16. Brilliant, brilliant mix. Definitely my favourite from PVH. Great blend of styles, funky, swinging - next level. Paticularly feeling that Aretha sampling electroid bouncer at 50mins on...

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  17. I had a feeling this was gonna be a special one and it has lived up to my expectations. Superb stuff.

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  18. Just started but any mix that starts with Ben Frost is going to get my attention.

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  19. after witnessing the first ssgmx many moons ago, i would say a "congratulations" is in order. keep up the hard work in whatever else you ssgs are up to next. you guys are tops!

    -j

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  20. i feel it as i type.

    thx! ps. as i sen now pvh plays in munich last day in april. i will cancel my holiday for him

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  21. ***
    Theo Parrish - Space Station
    Jouem - Levitation
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    STL - Silent State
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    Lady Blacktronika & Mattski - If Some Rain

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  22. was it really that long ago? yes what an amzing archive you have made.

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  23. listening to it as i write ... ridiculously good. again.

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  24. @ RydimRyder

    i dont know the track it. but you are right. its a specialspecial (analog) track. for me this track at 56 min (and the track before, aretha sampling..) are the higlight of this fantastic mix.

    tomorrow i will listen this mix at freeriden in the alps. tomorrow will be a good day.

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  25. guys, we will be posting a tracklist for this in a couple of days. so, i'd ask if you just hold off on the IDs until then, for the people that havent heard the mix yet.

    glad people are feeling it. i'm proud of this one.

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  26. I have to say that I was pleasently surprised to hear photek and juju & jordash in a PVH set, interesting curve ball! Very good set overall, thanks a lot!

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  27. so so good. thanks to all. and congrats to the ssgs for making it to 50.

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  28. This mix is great, love the downtempo vibe. I think its my favourite van hoesen mix yet... can't wait for the tracklist...

    Congrats on the big 5-oh for the series chaps!

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  29. In a totally different style, here's a New Beat playlist he made for Resident Advisor : A New Beat Playlist by Peter Van Hoesen

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  30. oh my goodness ive only just got round to listening to this now and it is dominating my eardrums. what a set. just emailed a friend of mine and used the word sublime for the very first time about any type of music apart from Different Trains by Steve Reich, which (sorry Peter) this doesnt compare to. but still.... wow

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  31. I never read comments about a set before I've listened to it so as to not cloud my judgment or read any 'spoiler's but I so wish I did for this set. Thinking it might be banging fare, I put this on at work to give me a spurt of energy to get me over the line. Now I wish I was at home with a bottle of wine and special company just chilling and taking in the entrancing, blissful sounds from this mix.

    Screw work, I'm going to see out the day staring out of the window, spellbound.

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