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Move D, Jonah Sharp, Juju & Jordash build the new supergroup The Mulholland Free Clinic. Their self-titled debut LP release is the recording of their second ever improvised, all hardware live set which emphasizes the ongoing paradigm shift in live electronic music.
"Even though they've only played together on three occasions since 2013, The Mulholland Free Clinic has already been praised as one of the ultimate collaborations when it comes to underground and improvised electronic live music. Move D, Jonah Sharp, and Juju & Jordash build this so-called super-supergroup by combining their individual and mutual projects rEAGENZ and Magic Mountain High. Using an armada of analog hardware, The Mulholland Free Clinic’s self-titled debut album is the product of a live set recorded at Berlin’s emerging party series AWAY at ://about blank in August 2016. Consequently, the connected vinyl label Away Music is set to release its first long player following four 12-inches with appearances by Joe Claussell, Mr. Ties, Move D, Discrete Circuit, and its very own AWAY Soundsystem.
Their three-hour long, totally improvised jam session was edited down to a little over 80 minutes with seven tracks internalizing the motto that you won’t benefit from diverse perspectives if you aren’t open to utilizing differences. Like a well-coordinated ensemble, The Mulholland Free Clinic develops a common language by acknowledging their multi-variant range of influences and dynamics while constantly shifting, rearranging, and finally communicating ideas without beholden to any genre. Whether it’s the rich and beat-less ambiance or the synth-dominated excursions, the cosmic futurism or the overall melodic playfulness: the quartet knows its crafts mastering the off-the-cuff approach to illuminate all corners on and off the dance floor.
Using an impressive hardware-only setup (including Korg Minilogue, Roland SH-101, Roland TR 909, Roland TR 606, Yamaha DX-7, electric guitars, FX units, Akai MPC 1000, an analog mixer, and much more), the live performance isn’t just another declaration of love for classic synthesizers. By creating an environment that promotes communication, learning, and innovation the quartet also underpins the ongoing paradigm shift in live electronic music. The Mulholland Free Clinic is the artistic synthesis of improvisation and togetherness, risk and trust, consciousness and abandon . Their teamwork is an inside-out mindset. And with all collaborations, it has to start on the inside, with the heart."