Mixtape #130

We're big fans of Run Logan Run, the adventurous duo of Andrew Neil Hayes (saxophones and FX) and Matt Brown (drums and percussion). Based in Bristol and born out of a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, they are versatile and talented musicians who push the boundaries of jazz. Their upcoming and much anticipated third album, For A Brief Moment We Could Smell The Flowers, captures perfectly their energy and their intense, inventive, intricate and exhilarating sound. We asked them to put together a mix of some of the artists and bands that inspire them and we're thrilled to start September with this superb selection of tracks. So be sure to grab their new album when it comes out later this month, and right now, press play and enjoy the ride!

  1. Yacine Boularès, Vincent Ségal & Nasheet Waits – Dar Shems – The House of The Sun [Accords Croisés]
  2. The Meters – (The World Is A Bit Under The Weather) Doodle-Oop [Rhino Records]
  3. Cochemea – Tukaria [Daptone Records]
  4. Tortoise – TNT [Thrill Jockey / City Slang]
  5. Soccer96 feat. Alabaster DePlume – Children Will Dance [Moshi Moshi Records]
  6. Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal (Happa remix) [Domino]
  7. Tonbruket – Vinegar Heart [ACT]
  8. M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade Feat. Laurie Anderson – O Superman (Matt John Remix) [Get Physical Music]
  9. John Pope Quintet – Plato  [New Jazz And Improvised Music Recordings]
  10. Tin Hat Trio – Bill (Nebraska Soundtrack) [Milan]
  11. Johnny Dyani Quartet – Angolian Cry [SteepleChase]

Soccer96 release first in series of live videos featuring new material from upcoming Tactics EP

Photo: Fabrice Bourgelle

Soccer96 are ready to take us by storm again with a new EP called Tactics and a treat of a new song, ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’. The drums and keyboards duo of Dan Leavers aka Danalogue and Max Hallett aka Betamax, who are also two thirds of The Comet is Coming, will release Tactics on June 26th via Moshi Moshi Records. The new EP sees them turn into a quartet with the addition of thought-provoking and incredible musician and poet Alabaster DePlume and legendary multi-instrumentalist and producer Capitol K. Tactics “is built out of the raw energy of their improvisations, combining elements of jazz, electronica and heavier genres”, explains the press release. “A delicate balance of dark and light, heavy and danceable, the expansion from duo to quartet on this EP also sees Soccer96 re-situate itself within the vast musical universe that exists across their previous recordings and other projects.”

Danalogue had this to say about the collaboration with DePlume:

“In some ways it’s very similar to how we started things with The Comet Is Coming, plugging Shabaka into a guitar amp in our studio and egging each other on to go further, dirtier, louder. This time we plugged Alabaster into the Soccer96 turbo charger, and the results are pretty spectacular.”

There’s more good news. Just before lockdown, and as a quartet, they recorded a live show at Total Refreshment Centre. Featuring new material from the EP, these recordings are set to be released as a 3-part series of live videos and Part 1, with a version of their scathing new single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’ now available to stream. Here it is.

Soccer96’s Jupiter Masterdrive 7″ EP out next week

Soccer96 - Step Overs

November 24th will see the vinyl release of Soccer96‘s new EP Jupiter Masterdrive. A digital release will follow on December 8th via WotNot Music. The Brighton drums and keyboards duo of Dan Leavers aka Danalogue and Max Hallett aka Betamax have shared a cut off it, ‘Step Overs’, and it comes with a matching kaleidoscopic video made by Mark Ludgate. Check it out below, and straight after, listen to excerpts from the EP.