First Listen: Juju & Jordash – ‘Live At Freerotation 2017 Cut 1’ (Freerotation Records)

The hardware specialists join Shawn Rudiman and Cubic Space Collective for the first release on the festival-associated imprint since 2016.

Not many festivals can boast the community spirit achieved by Freerotation. Founders Steevio and Suzybee have achieved what many other festival promoters haven’t – a tight-knit rave-society of dancing bodies similar to the free party participants of yesteryear. It comes as no surprise then that amongst DJs and performers, the festival has achieved a cult following and is commonly cited as the festival of the summer. Ben UFO, DJ Bone and Move D are regulars at the party, joining residents such as Leif, Duckett and the two founders for their yearly shindig. Alongside the scene-renowned festival, Steevio and Suzybee run their Freerotation Records label, a vinyl only imprint championing the music of residents and guests alike. Two years ago, the Kith EP featured Steevio, Duckett, Anthony Child, a.k.a. Surgeon, and Tom Ellis, combining together to produce four varied tracks representative of the sonic diversity at the festival itself.

Though the label hasn’t released any music since, 29th October marks FreeRo Records return with the Regeneration EP, another four track 45 with music from Juju & Jordash, Shawn Rudiman and Cubic Space Collective. Live act Juju & Jordash have gained a reputation for their technically-sound performances, manipulating modular synthesizers in ways very few can. Having played at the Herefordshire festival since the early years, the pair are making their debut on the label with two tracks cut live from their performance at last years event. Rudiman is a respected name in the techno-scene due to his twenty-plus year career and seemingly endless back catalogue. Three-piece Cubic Space Collective are another act with indelible ties to the festival; having disbanded in the 1990s, a standout one-off performance at FreeRo rekindled the project.

A-side track ‘Live at Freerotation 2017 – Cut 2’ is the second track produced by Juju & Jordash on the release. Thick and full bass stabs resonate whilst hi-hats pitter-patter over the top of a celestial melody. Lush synths round off the tracks utopian ambiance, transporting the listener into a pensive dream-state. ‘Always and Forever’ sees Rudiman channel two decades of experience to great effect. Deep techno basslines unite with euphoric keys, dizzying toms and crisp hats, producing a multi-dimensional groover. Final track ‘Sea of Tranquility’ comes from the Cubic Space Collective, and continues the deep techno theme on the record’s B side. Shimmering melodies and buoyant percussion bear an authentic Detroit flavour, full of emotion and inspiration.

The opening track ‘Live at Freerotation 2017 – Cut 1′ is a show-stopping number, no doubt displaying the raucous vibes experienced at the festival. Joyous jackin’ kick drums, floating chords and sprightly percussion characterise the track, and are sure to send anybody into action. A real dancefloor ditty, you can have a listen to the Dutch duo’s debut via the Soundcloud link below.

Out on 29th October, you can find out more information about the release on the Freerotation website.

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