Thursday, June 7, 2012

mnml ssgs mx fnl - donato dozzy

This may sound strange to readers in the northern hemisphere, but every year in June I go to ground. It’s the log cabin feeling, a desire not so much to hibernate as to really hunker in my bunker, settle in my own private log cabin.

Over the past three years or so, this yearly inclination has been cast in relation to music in general, and house and techno in particular. I keep wanting to get back beyond the contemporary, behind what I’d taken my archive to be: somehow the inclination to hunker down typically goes hand in glove for me with a desire to get to the roots of the music. And this has been intensified by the fact that, as we just announced, Chris and I have decided to end our mix series for good.

What are the roots of house and techno? We know the stock answers; I know they’re not good enough. We have to go further, think harder, look a bit deeper.

Two and some years ago, I speculated about this: house/techno might emerge and take place in relation to a space; it might take place in relation to a tradition, whether rooted in hedonism, worship, or ritual; or it might take place in relation to a social context… these days it seems we’re desparately trying to locate and stake out spaces and traditions, but of course a key part of the reason for this, what motivates it, deep down, is that the social context is dominant. And the dominant social context is the internet. And the internet is dominating and overdetermining the spaces and the traditions, soaking them up, para-siting them, to the point where electronic music is just something, maybe, you download and comment on. Then I read this piece, and found out that, well, it's happening to another 'industry'...

I think I can speak for many of us when I say that this is something a bit sad, something that gives you the sense that ‘there is no one to talk to’, nowhere to go. But it’s moments like these when we do hunker down and take stock, reflect, and try to re-locate spaces and traditions for the music we love so much. These are also the moments where inspiration, where new movements, really come from.

Dozzy has offered us this mix as a way to do that. It’s a way to get back something or get back to something… was it something we ‘had’? Was it something there ‘was’, or was it just something we remember? All Dozzy said was:

‘voodoo forever’

Our deepest thanks to Donato for putting this together for us, as well as the other mixes he has contributed to mnml ssgs over the years.


  1. Your blog and the artists who have shared their vision with us helped me to fall in love with house and techno all over again. Thanks for the thought and insight. It's been emotional.

  2. il tributo alle radici ce voleva :)

    once there were tapes but now we have podcasts, so thank you very much SSGs for your big contribute in propagating mixes of great Music out there.

    "peace, love, unity and having fun!"


  3. I'd also like to thank you for introducing me to Dozzy, Eric, The Hosebeast, N.E.S., Dasha & Cio among others. It certainly opened my eyes & ears to new & exciting strand of techno

    Well done, fellas

  4. thanks for all the wonderful mixes!

  5. In the vast darkness/mountains/oceans of electronic "music" on the web, you guys always found some light, and brought it to us. Thanks

  6. Thank to both you and all the artists! You educated me in proper music.

  7. To take part of Cliffy's comment: "Your blog and the artists who have shared their vision with us helped me to fall in love with house and techno." Before I found this blog in 2008, I was listening to Tiesto and other awful trance. This site MADE me fall in love with house and techno. Thank you for introducing so many people to Dozzy.

    But this mix. THIS. Isn't what I was expecting. But it's brilliant.

    See you at Labyrinth.

  8. I wanna know what kind of music this is. Maniacal.

  9. Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day,
    Rage,rage against the dying of the light.

    Certainly for me a little light has been extinguished with the sad but timely passing of the beloved mnml ssgs. But when i go out and look at the moon or hunker down in me bunker i will look and hunker also for the ssgs, and so, they shall live on...
    Bravo!!! Vivienne sends her love tambien

  10. Thank you you silly Sausages!!!

  11. You guys changed my perception of sound forever. I am so thankful for all things wonderful that I discovered here. LOve from Denver. E.B.

  12. i also really wanna thank you guys for introducing me to a wonderful world of sound and especially the atmospheric, meditative and hypnotic side of it. it has been truly inspiring. big big fan of dozzy now :)

  13. thank you mnmlssg. my fav. dj is d. dozzy since i listen to him on YOUR website in 2008.

    (i am happy to listen to him at nachtdigital btw)

    .. but soorrry this traditional vodoo music is to much or my ears:)

  14. This is addictive to listen to. I wish it was longer.

  15. for those interested in hearing more music like this i recommend:


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