Soccer96 - As  Above So Below

As Above So Below

Soccer96

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 12 tracks 13.99
CD Album 12 tracks 9.99
Download Album (mp3) 12 tracks 7.99
Download Album (wav) 12 tracks 7.99
Download individual tracks   From £0.79

Description

Soccer96 - As Above So Below


'As Above So Below' is the brilliant new album by Soccer96, the synth and drums duo of Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett] who transmit epic synth-scapes over poly-rhythmic drums and infectious dance grooves in a brutal cocktail of tight electronica and the spontaneous energy of improvisation.

The duo, most known as being two thirds of The Comet Is Coming [with Shabaka Hutchings], currently to be heard whipping up a cosmic storm on their recent acclaimed album 'Channel The Spirits' [Leaf], also collaborate with a huge array of talent. Leavers is currently playing live and recording with Henry Wu, Scratcha DVA, Simbad and Rozi Plain as well as finding time to produce albums by Flamingods, Snapped Ankles and Ibibio Sound Machine. He also plays sax in The Archie Bronson Outfit. Hallett, also a member of groups Super Best Friends Club and Hot Head Show, has played drums with the likes of Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Boredoms, Yussef Kamaal & Nitin Sawney.

'As Above So Below' is their second album and is the result of ongoing experiments in various studios over a four-year period including the Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston [with Capitol K] and at Slowfoot label boss Frank Byng's Snorkel Studios in Forest Hill [Byng also contributes percussion to one track]. Recorded using old-school analogue methods, their intention was, partly inspired by Eno's philosophy of 'using the studio as an instrument', to allow the processing of sound to become part of the compositional process whilst embracing Miles Davis' idea of tracks being 'in a state of becoming', a captured moment in time - in their words… "…to allow ourselves to make music as a game, a beautiful, nonsensical voyage into serendipity."



Whilst loosely exploring ideas related to the title, album is essentially rooted in the timeless human endeavor to reach out beyond everyday existence, in search of dream states and altered states of consciousness…“Our aim was to monitor the effects on the conscious mind when accelerating musical elements at great velocities into high energy collisions. We took specific genre plasm and begun to create sonic compounds with completely alien properties. Avant-garde, hip hop, electronic, pop, prog, jazz and psychedelic particles have been mixed together at an atomic level."

With influences ranging from groups like Can, This Heat, 23 Skidoo and Silver Apples, for their bold approach to improvised composition and recording processes, to the more recent experimentation of artists like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Gaslamp Killer and Zombie Zombie, the band deliver a dazzling and lysergic blend of jazz, prog and electronica.

The first track on the album 'The Swamp', fittingly a reference to the 'primordial soup' from which life began, kicks us off with a rolling hypnotic groove, and features 'The Comet Is Coming' band mate Shabaka Hutchings blazing the saxophone like haunted screams from the dark and Total Refreshment Centre instigator Alexis Blondin on dub echos. 'Megadrive Lamborghini' follows - a delicious slice of alt-synth-pop... "like that serene and hazy English summer evening, viewed by future artificial intelligence on its voyage into self awareness whilst cruising in a 16bit sports car." Other tracks on the album range from the dirty RnB swagger and bounce of 'Up and Down', musing as it does on the links between celestial cycles and earthly mood swings, to the feel good arpeggiated funk of 'Feels Right', which calls to mind both Arthur Russell's avant-disco experimentation and his idiosyncratic vocalisms, to the spooky trip-hop of 'Spirit Wobble' featuring Swann Hunter on bass. The album closes with the euphoric drum and synth frenzy of 'Brutal Deluxe' - "…a track about dying, the symphony of orgasmic colours and sounds on the way out of here, brutal but pretty deluxe!"






Reviews

"Soccer96 is a duo that attempts sonic time travel, and it works - they could play anywhere from the era of liquid light shows to the noughties, without ever being too out of place." [The Quietus]

"A phenomenal body of recorded music that combines poly-rhythmic percussion with lively dance tropes." [XLR8R]

"Dizzying, massive synths meet hypnotic, swirling drums and spare vocal sounds, all weaved seamlessly between moods and grooves and tracks. It's big." [London In Stereo]

"Drawing on influences like Can, This Heat and Flying Lotus, ‘As Above So Below’ is submerged in old school analogue waters, sparkling with experimental composition as one track flows effortlessly to the next… …an ambitious and impressive album of diverse and gratifying inputs." [Electronic Sound Magazine]

"Gorgeous retro-futurism with a slight Animal Collective twinge" [Clash Magazine ]

"The synth-heavy duo have got a new LP on the way and if it's anywhere near as good as their previous releases then we can guarantee you're in for a treat. And hey, after another dismal England performance, it's nice to be reminded that soccer isn't all bad." [Thump]

"Epic, infectious psych-funk killer-thriller grooves from The Comet Is Coming’s synths-and-drums duo Dan Leavers (AKA Danalogue) and Max Hallett (AKA Betamax)" [Irish Times]

"Soccer96 – pop futurists weaving together Krautrock, G-funk and synthpop into something bold and beautiful" [Redbull]

"A majestically grooving mix of electro-indie and a South London carnival sound system from the UK duo." [The Independent Playlist]

"As Above So Below is a dazzler, a collection of loose-fit grooves which pack epic ambitions and energetic intentions into the confines of smartly sculpted soundscapes…They quote Brian Eno and Miles Davis as influences, but the fierce fever blowing up on tracks like The Swamp, Spirit Wobble and Between the Whole And the Void provide new punctuation in the lines between jazz, electronica and rock….An album for true adventure-seekers." [4/5 Irish Times]

Radio - BBC Radio 1 [Phil Taggart], BBC 6 Music [Gideon Coe], BBC 6 Music [Don Letts], BBC Radio 3 [Late Junction], Amazing Radio, Audio Texture, Attrnag


Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (SLOLP030)
  1. Soccer96 - The Swamp
  2. Soccer96 - Megadrive Lamborghini
  3. Soccer96 - Sirius [Twin Star]
  4. Soccer96 - Up and Down
  5. Soccer96 - Feels Right
  6. Soccer96 - BBBBBang
  7. Soccer96 - Manga
  8. Soccer96 - Let It Come
  9. Soccer96 - Spirit Wobble
  10. Soccer96 - Ancestors
  11. Soccer96 - Between The Whole And The Void
  12. Soccer96 - Brutal Deluxe
CD Album (SLOCD030)
  1. Soccer96 - The Swamp
  2. Soccer96 - Megadrive Lamborghini
  3. Soccer96 - Sirius [Twin Star]
  4. Soccer96 - Up and Down
  5. Soccer96 - Feels Right
  6. Soccer96 - BBBBBang
  7. Soccer96 - Manga
  8. Soccer96 - Let It Come
  9. Soccer96 - Spirit Wobble
  10. Soccer96 - Ancestors
  11. Soccer96 - Between The Whole And The Void
  12. Soccer96 - Brutal Deluxe
Download Album (SLODL030)
  1. Soccer96 - The Swamp
  2. Soccer96 - Megadrive Lamborghini
  3. Soccer96 - Sirius [Twin Star]
  4. Soccer96 - Up and Down
  5. Soccer96 - Feels Right
  6. Soccer96 - BBBBBang
  7. Soccer96 - Manga
  8. Soccer96 - Let It Come
  9. Soccer96 - Spirit Wobble
  10. Soccer96 - Ancestors
  11. Soccer96 - Between The Whole And The Void
  12. Soccer96 - Brutal Deluxe

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 The Swamp £0.79
2 Megadrive Lamborghini £0.79
3 Sirius [Twin Star] £0.79
4 Up and Down £0.79
5 Feels Right £0.79
6 BBBBBang £0.79
7 Manga £0.79
8 Let It Come £0.79
9 Spirit Wobble £0.79
10 Ancestors £0.79
11 Between The Whole And The Void £0.79
12 Brutal Deluxe £0.79
Entire MP3 Download Album (12 tracks) £7.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 The Swamp £0.79
2 Megadrive Lamborghini £0.79
3 Sirius [Twin Star] £0.79
4 Up and Down £0.79
5 Feels Right £0.79
6 BBBBBang £0.79
7 Manga £0.79
8 Let It Come £0.79
9 Spirit Wobble £0.79
10 Ancestors £0.79
11 Between The Whole And The Void £0.79
12 Brutal Deluxe £0.79
Entire WAV Download Album (12 tracks) £7.99