Bola ‎– Soup

Skam ‎– SKALP 2
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Glink 7:00
A2 Versivo 5:59
A3 W.I.K. 5:46
B1 Forcasa 1 6:29
B2 Forcasa 2 4:49
B3 Forcasa 3 5:24
C1 Pendulus 5:45
C2 Amnion 9:31
D1 Aguilla 6:21
D2 Whoblo 11:11

Companies, etc.


  • Written-By, Engineer [Engineered By], Producer [Produced By]The Bolaman*


p&c 1998 skam records
Made in England

Gatefold sleeve with braille sticker on front side. A later repress comes with different artwork than this version. No track timings printed on release.

On inner sleeve:
thanks: marek & declan, vocal samples "aguilla"
andy, ged, sean, rob & "whoever else"
shouts to brahma, boots, mater, pater & the green alligator

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped): AE 11499/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped): AE 11500/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped): AE 11501/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped): AE 11502/A

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SKALD002 Bola Soup(CD, Album, RE, RM) Skam SKALD002 UK 2003 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
SKALD002 Bola Soup(10xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Skam SKALD002 UK Unknown
SKALD 002 Bola Soup(10xFile, ALAC, Album, RE) Skam SKALD 002 UK 2017


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November 19, 2019
This music catches the scent of mystery...just like Mr. Namlook same titled track.


April 8, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
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.


May 5, 2014
To be heard in the dark ! Just fantasic. A complete universe at itself. +++ Classic !.


October 31, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
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.


March 28, 2012
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!


January 31, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
This album was described perfectly to me recently with one word: Celestial. I'm not religious, but if ever there was an appropriate soundtrack for the ascent to "heaven" then this is it.

As fond as I am of "nasty", when "nice" can be as good as this then I'm not going to complain. Mr Fitton has excelled himself on this album, creating some of the most sublime, dreamy soundscapes and journeys I've ever heard. His ability to create atmospheres that tug on the heartstrings and bring a tear to the eye while simultaneously making one feel distinctly weird is displayed here at it's fullest.

Strange and beautiful ambient washes ride effortlessly over odd, meandering bass sequences and subtle, deep and slow rhythms. I think it's important to play this on a decent system so you can really hear and feel the interactions between the bottom end and the sounds that envelop it. It's hard not to feel like you're floating while this album is playing.

As many times as I listen to it, this album will always remind me of the first time I heard it. Bola had cancelled his appearance at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival at Camber Sands, UK in April 2003. Instead of Bola being replaced by another act, his music was played in absentia. This was the third day of the festival and I was very close to exceeding my physical and mental limits of endurance. Whenever I hear "Soup", I can see the room around me, as viewed from the floor, feel the carpet underneath me, feel the madness returning. The day after I got back from ATP, my mental state was such that only listening to Bola albums could make me feel normal, where normal had become the seemingly endless magic of ATP.


December 20, 2004
edited over 15 years ago

SKAM has done it again. You thought they couldn’t follow up the seminal release of Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children but you were wrong. Bola comes from a three-year hiatus to bring you one of the most beautiful ambient albums of all time. Very nostalgic because of the nature of the production it sounds as if it could have been recorded circa 1995. The album is very refreshing and smoothly balanced. Characterized by light beats and meandering synths lines, and the occasional heavly beat driven song, a la W.I.K. Another of one Fitton’s attributes is to make an extremely layered song but intertwine sound so effectively and make his complex sound that no one can match. Highlights are Versivo, Forcasa 1 and Aguilla, but the whole album is nothing short of faultless. But what can you expect from the man that assisted with engineering and production of Autechre’s Incunabula, a key originator of Gescom and gave SKAM the push start it needed to make it the label it is now. Pick up this album as soon as possible. Now that it has been re-pressed its widely available and includes beautiful artwork by Michael England.