OLIVER COATES

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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

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