SHELLEY’S ON ZENN-LA RVNG INTL, OUT 7 SEPTEMBER
Dancefloor odysseys from Radiohead collaborator.
As a cellist, Oliver Coates has worked with everyone from avant-pop composer Mica Levi to, with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Radiohead. His own work burrows further into sonic wormholes: this latest LP is set in defunct Stoke-OnTrent nightclub Shelley’s, had it been relocated to “Zenn-La”, a planet of his own invention. By turns euphoric and esoteric, the record matches its madcap concept. A Church layers Balearic beats with puckish bass and wistful vocals; Charlev taps into the hallucinatory melancholy of Boards Of Canada; and Norrin Radd Dreaming bubbles over with Aphex Twin-style techno mania. Far from spreading himself thin, the polymath composer seems more uncontainable with each release. ★★★★ JAZZ MONROE
Listen To: Charlev | A Church