What a name for a band. If you want to grab my attention, name your band after a household object, food or a computer game from my youth. Although I don't think there was a game in itself called Soccer96, for some reason seeing the name instantly brought back thoughts of sitting at my Commodore Amiga 500+. The reason was of course the king of all football games, Sensible World of Soccer 95/96. Whether the name is a direct nod to that particular game I am unsure, but it only takes one listen of the this self-titled debut to confirm that computers of the mid nineties are very much an influence to more than just the name here.

The duo, who go by the names Danalogue and Beatamax, hail in equal parts from Brighton and London and are making some major waves with their mad electronic synth sound. This is no surprise because it is very difficult not to get excited when you listen to this 30 odd minutes of pure fun and joy.

'SuperWarrior' sets the tone with a wonderful analogue beat (see that they've done with their names now?) that could easily be the intro to any one of several fighting games as you go through the tedious loading time on an Atari. Believe me, if the game intros were actually of this quality that load time would have been much more interesting. Who knows, maybe they were but I was too young and foolish to realise.

Track two is titled 'Call to Arms' and does exactly that. Very different from the rest of the album, and shows that maybe singing isn't the bands strongest point, this really does feel like it doesn't fit onto the album. There is nothing necessarily wrong with it, but I'm here to feel like I'm doing that bit when Sam Beckett finally helps Billy from Kansas score the winning touchdown so he can travel onto his next mission. This is less influenced by Flying Lotus and an Amstrad and more influenced by The Rakes and a pint of Stella.

Normal service is resumed with 'Adaptatrap', but please excuse me for skirting over this one quickly. The simple reason is that the very next track, 'Level 8 - Clouds', is one of the best tracks I've heard all year. Apparently it has been available to stream for two years now, and I hate my self a little more each day when I realise that's 700 days of not listening to it I have missed. It isn't an instant grabber. It passed me by the first couple of times I heard it, but now I am addicted. Every now and then it sounds as though it is about to transform into a brand new track and then it doesn't. I've never been so pleased to be disappointed. To quote a new up and coming music social network: right now, this is my jam.

There is no drop in brilliance as 'California' kicks in. Imagine if Tom Vek had produced the sound that the earliest dial up modems made. And then Knight Games was about collecting coins instead of flailing your opponent. The suddenly, just for good measure, they throw in some Daft Punk-esque vocoder. I have it one now and I am this close the trawling through eBay to find an Amstrad CPC 6128k.

'Earth Attack' is very much a continuation of the same again, albeit with a bit more experimenting, which works better at some points than others. Closer 'Yoga Flame' then does the job of any good closer. It's long. It's satisfying. It ends the saga. And it makes you want to listen again.

This is a very, very good album. By no means is it perfect and there is still plenty to scratch out. Even when experimenting, you can tell where their thought process is. You can't always tell where it's going to take them, but what makes this a cut above the rest is that nine times out of ten you're pleased with where it has. At times perfect, at times not. Even at its worst though this is well worth the effort that Danalogue and Beatamax have put in, and well worth 30 minutes of your time to listen to. Then another 30, then another 30, then another 30…