Oliver Coates

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - BY STEPHEN WOR­THY

★★★★ Shelley’s On Zenn-La RVNG INTL. CD/DL/LP Me­morable fu­sion of raw elec­tron­ics, vir­tu­oso cello and rave era beats.

STEEL YOUR­SELF for the first con­cept al­bum of cello-in­fused proto rave, set on a fic­tional planet where a once-leg­endary club is revered as a de­ity. The club in ques­tion is Shelley’s in Stoke – a cru­cible of UK dance mu­sic in the late ’80s and early ’90s – while the planet is Zenn-La, as imag­ined by Oliver Coates, prin­ci­pal cel­list with the Lon­don Con­tem­po­rary Orches­tra and Ra­dio­head col­lab­o­ra­tor. Coates uses an ec­cen­tric blend of rich strings and muf­fled hard­core rhythms that are se­duc­tive, haunt­ing and de­li­ciously weird; whether the beau­ti­fully strange melod­ica-in­fused prim­i­tive elec­tro of Charlev or Per­fect Ap­ple With Sil­ver Mark, with its sin­gu­lar mix of hands-in-the-air beats, spec­tral pi­ano and glacial chords. The mix of cello, ab­stract dance­floor smarts and soft-fo­cus vo­cals means Arthur Rus­sell com­par­isons are in­escapable. But you sus­pect an au­teur like Rus­sell would have noth­ing but praise for Coates’s mov­ing achieve­ment.

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