Bola ‎– Soup

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Tracklist

Glink 7:06
Versivo 7:51
W.I.K. 5:46
Forcasa 1 6:29
Forcasa 2 4:49
Forcasa 3 5:24
Pendulus 5:45
Amnion 9:31
Aguilla 6:24
Whoblo 13:51

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SKALP002 Bola Soup(2xLP, Album) Skam SKALP002 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SKALD 2 Bola Soup(CD, Album, Car) Skam SKALD 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SKALD 2 Bola Soup(CD, Album, RP) Skam SKALD 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SKALD 002 Bola Soup(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Skam SKALD 002 UK 2003
SKALP002 Bola Soup(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Skam SKALP002 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SKALD 2 Bola Soup(CD, Album, RE) Skam SKALD 2 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SKALD002 Bola Soup(CD, Album, RE, RM) Skam SKALD002 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SKALD002 Bola Soup(10xFile, WAV, Album) Skam SKALD002 UK Unknown

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Jazzanalyst

Jazzanalyst

November 22, 2016
referencing Soup, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, SKALP002
can somebody tell me if this version sounds better than the original press?
radiophonic72

radiophonic72

April 8, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Soup, 2xLP, Album, SKALP002
Underrated and still relatively unknown "classic"!! And a great shame too as this is quite literally the wasps ankles when it comes down to late 90's moody electronic music. I'm not very keen on the direction Darrell Fitton took his music after this though. 10 out of 10.
kapervisser

kapervisser

May 5, 2014
referencing Soup, 2xLP, Album, SKALP002
To be heard in the dark ! Just fantasic. A complete universe at itself. +++ Classic !.
philoformixx

philoformixx

October 31, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Soup, 2xLP, Album, SKALP002
A pure IDM classic. Only few reached/can reach this level of perfectness. There are two beyond earth, space, time (and words) tracks here ("Pendulus" and "Whoblo"), and one of the most beautiful opening tracks ever made in electronic music ("Glink"). From the rest, "W.I.K.", "Forcasa 2" and "Aquilla", stand out, imho.
Sound production is also amazing. Before '98's "Soup", it was only the two Front 242's '93 albums that got me as impressed. Fitton gives the sense of an extra dimension to his sound, and It's obvious he paid extreme attention to the low-freq part of his music, which was a missing piece for the most of the mid-'90s IDM artists.
Chartreux

Chartreux

July 18, 2013
referencing Soup, CD, Album, Car, SKALD 2
I'd love to say this is an amazing album, and the majority of it is. There are just a few moments around W.I.K-Forcasa 1 which for some reason I find a bit annoying. Alot of people seem to like Forcasa 1, but not me. It sounds too much like a whole lot of the rest of electronica around that time for me to like it or something like that. Luckily, everything else is great. When he starts expreimenting more around Pendulus and Amnion things get really interesting; part of the enjoyment is simply to listen to the layers moving over one another. Whoblo is one of my favourite tracks of all time. It's beautiful in its simplicity, and very emotionally strong.
Chartreux

Chartreux

March 28, 2012
referencing Soup, 2xLP, Album, SKALP002
I honestly would've paid my 25 bucks and more to get my hands on the first and last tracks. If albums were priced based on quality like food is, then this album would cost 200 dollars!
scoundrel

scoundrel

November 29, 2011
referencing Soup, CD, Album, RE, RM, SKALD002

A timeless release by Bola. SOUP, his first album, immerses the listener into an aquatic world. "Glink," the opener, is like sunlight filtering through the waves, while "Versivo" plumbs further into the depths, though occasional glimmers still emerge. "W.I.K." swims in warm tones, even as the rhythm anchors it down. The trio of Forcasas each go in a different direction, from the vaporous beauty of "Forcasa 1" to the ambient industrialism of "Forcasa 2" and into the electro-tinged elegance of "Forcasa 3." Fitton's careful use of sound, like the fragments of a voice and the mournful woodwinds on "Pendulus," envelop the album with a certain fullness, while his careful attention to detail and mood help sustain the even the longer tracks: the robotic transformations of "Amnion" or the slow-burning lasers of "Whoblo." But the jewel in the crown is surely "Aguilla," a melancholy immersion in sound. An album destined to be a classic.
Me_aka_David

Me_aka_David

April 4, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Soup, CD, Album, RP, SKALD 2

Great album - calming..great sound..it deserves the fantastic rating..
visvidee

visvidee

August 17, 2010
referencing Soup, CD, Album, RE, RM, SKALD002

Electronic music doesn't get much better than this. What we have here is soulful, playful, adequately alien ambient techno with attention to detail. No filler tracks in sight, hardly even a bad minute here. The perfectionism even extends to the beautiful remastered cover design by the Skam Records imagician Michael England, which suits the "bottom of the ocean" feel of the music inside.
djproject

djproject

October 30, 2008
referencing Soup, CD, Album, RE, RM, SKALD002

It's really hard (for me) to put into words what makes this album so wondrous. Perhaps the best way to describe it is as the best ambient music for those who want to get out of the room/house and take a long walk/drive. It's ambient in that utilizes textures and many layers of sound that appear and disappear at will. But the music never makes you still. It's always moving and in flux: never too slow but never too fast either. Plus the texture spectrum is quite broad: never settling on just conveying warmth or coolness. Nearly every sensation is evoked when listening to the album from start to finish. And while you can pick your favourite point (mine is still the opener "Glink"), you can enjoy every moment of the album. And I do firmly believe it is an album that needs to be appreciated as a whole as oppose to mere separate tracks. All in all, this is an excellent album of sound, atmosphere ... and pure wonder.