Soccer96 announces new album Dopamine – hear the title track here
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A duo consisting of Dan Leavers (Danalogue, Snapped Ankles) and Maxwell Hallet (Betamax, The Comet Is Coming), Soccer96’s output centres on ‘outerzonal’ psych-rock, dub and jazz.
‘Dopamine’ follows 2018’s tape-hued mini-album Rewind. In the space of 10 years – with the duo making their name on the London jazz scene – Leavers and Hallett have transcended their start as a humble DIY outfit, with Dopamine signaling their willingness to venture into more conceptual projects.
The lead, single – the title track – features Nuha Ruby Ra on vocals, who sings from the doubled perspective of human and machine, helping consolidate the album’s theme of an AI taking over a human nervous system.
The band’s sessions with Nuha culminated in a shared vision: a future vision of human-AI codependency, in which both are entangled, based on the giving and receiving of pleasure hormones. The robots’ only source of dopamine is from humans, and vice versa.
“Dependency leads to free-falling integration, a moment of freefall into robotic consciousness. Humans and machines are locked in a dance of addiction,” explains Betamax.
Pre-order the album here