Soccer96, the synth and drums duo of Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett] are 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]. Originally a precursor to The Comet Is Coming they now present a show that is primed to blast us all in to another dimension.
Over the past five years the pair have been shaping the sound of the new wave of electronic inspired jazz with their art-house production skills on albums for the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine, Flamingods, The Comet Is Coming and having worked with big names such as Rozi Plain, Sons Of Kemet, Melt Yourself Down, Boredoms, Yussef Kamaal & Nitin Sawney.
Garnering praise for their debut self-titled album from the likes of The 405 and Tom Robinson [BBC6] – leading to a live BBC session for Steve Lamacq they collaborated with Can frontman Damo Suzuki and in 2015 they released an edit from legendary NY DJ Danny Krivit of their tune ‘Flight Formations’ that ignited dance floors across the UK.
Taking influence from a range of artists groups like Can, This Heat, 23 Skidoo and Silver Apples, to Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Gaslamp Killer and Zombie Zombie, the band deliver a dazzling and lysergic blend of jazz, prog and electronica.
“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.”
Live Soccer96 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 delivering a fearless show of musicianship and floor-filling potency.
After a storming set supporting Berlin’s Max Graef Band at Bussey Building organised by London’s very own Rhythm Section and remixes lined up from the likes of Henry Wu, Scratcha DVA, and Simbad – Soccer96 have already gained the popularity and respect among those paving the way for the UK electronic music scene.
The band are primed and ready to take their live electronic onslaught to the nights that are defining the UK club scene and with a mind-blowing Audio-visual set in tow they are currently taking bookings across September and October.
This is the eclectic musical production team of the underground breaking out on their own with a killer record and live show of future electronic jazz – will you join the cosmic journey?
“Channelling an infectious line of high-squalling boogie into their mixture of slow-mo house and hip-hop smack, the duo’s debut for the south London Slowfoot label is as much a statement of intent as it is a contextualization…7/10” [DJ Magazine]
“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]
“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]
“Soccer96 – pop futurists weaving together Krautrock, G-funk and synth pop into something bold and beautiful” [Red Bull]
“A majestically grooving mix of electro-indie and a South London carnival sound system from the UK duo.” [The Independent Playlist]