Dorisburg, Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (11:13)
Johanna Knutsson, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (7:49)
Mathew Jonson, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (6:14)
Dorisburg, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert, Steevio - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (12:31)
Dorisburg, Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert - "Live At Freerotation 2018" (13:31)
Review: Circle Of Live is a collaborative electronic project led by the Swedish techno artist Sebastian Mullaert. It aims to reevaluate the structures of performance, linking artists and their machines for improvised jams. It debuted at Baskerville Hall as part of Wales based Freerotation festival, featuring a revolving cast of musicians, who in this incarnation included such big names as Mathew Jonson, Dorisburg and Johanna Knutsson, alongside festival and label co-founder Steevio. With artists like this linking up, you can just imagine what kind of magic they'd possibly conjure up and we can assure you it's absolutely sublime. These five excerpts from the live performance capture some of their most dynamic and spellbinding moments.
Review: Modular techno maestro and Freerotation big cheese Steevio is on fine form on "Zephyr", his first EP of 2019. He kicks things off with "Brawd", where undulating electronic motifs and faintly foreboding snatches of melody wind their way around a rolling techno groove, before offering up a swinging, off-kilter take on tropical techno rich in darting minor key melodies and jazzy sub-bass. Turn to the flip and you'll encounter two more chunks of modular dancefloor hypnotism: the slowly shifting, head-in-the-clouds throb of "Cysuron" and the melodious but off-kilter tech-jazz flex of hard-to-pigeonhole EP highlight "Rhyddid".
Review: Freerotation festival co-founder and improvised modular techno specialist Steevio returns to action, following up a recent EP on Wisdom Teeth with a four-track missive for Clock Poets. He begins in a typically clandestine and otherworldly mood, wrapping ricocheting analogue bleeps and discordant keys around a minimalist tech-jazz groove on "Fairphone", before diving deeper on the similarly minded, slack-tuned hypnotism of "Pollinator". Turn to the flipside and you'll first encounter "Lloergan", where creepy synthesizer motifs rise above bustling bass and a broken beat inspired minimal techno rhythm, before Clock Poets round things off with a distinctly fuzzy, low-slung and experimental techno take on EP opener "Fairphone".