Guest Mixtape: Oliver Coates
Several ground-breaking records from 2016 can be attributed to the gifted talents of British cellist and composer Oliver Coates. The London-based composer’s sophomore full-length release ‘Upstepping’ is undoubtedly one of the year’s most accomplished, innovative and compelling musical journeys with its meticulously crafted and sumptuously layered cello-based compositions that carves out techno-fueled waves of pure bliss and transcendence. ‘Upstepping’ is indeed (in the words of Coates) “pumped-up body music”. In addition to ‘Upstepping’, Coates performed on Radiohead’s latest ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ LP and most recently, a collaborative work with UK’s Mica Levi (Micachu & The Shapes) in the form of ‘Remain Calm’, another crowning jewel of 2016.
The British composer, producer and arranger is best known for his collaborative work with the London Contemporary Orchestra, Jonny Greenwood (‘The Master’ score) and Mica Levi (score for ‘Under The Skin’). On Coates’ latest solo masterwork ‘Upstepping’, A scintillating record of disparate influences is crafted where vital sounds of electronic and techno collide with neo-classical elements, which somehow feels closely adjacent to the works of Aphex Twin, Four Tet and Boards of Canada as it does to the modern-classical realm of today.
We are delighted to present to you a special guest mix compiled by Oliver Coates. Below is Oliver’s description about this inspired selection of music:
“Here is a panorama: the integration of human voice, real or concocted, as formant synthesis which binds instrumental haze beyond slamming rhythms and does wonders for the physiology. There are versions upon versions – distorted cello play over sequenced dance music is my current activity – where the cello intercedes as human element, using the bow as a Cirklon Sequencer. All the different attacks. Wahs and pointillisms, bulges, swells, sighs. Airs, ahs and pointed teeth. Polyphony like a baby’s mobile, Alexander Calder, hot and cold, monophonic bassline attitude underneath large and diffuse chords.”
Oliver Coates – Fractured Air Mix – December 2016
01. Gecko Afterlife HD – “Earth Jump” (YouTube)
02. AFX – “simple slamming b 2” (Warp)
03. Levantis – “Undr” (Technicolour)
04. Elysia Crampton – “Dummy Track” (Break World)
05. Micachu feat. KEVIN – “Clothes Wear Me” (adult swim)
06. Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – “9” (Hyperdub)
07. Boards of Canada – “Dayvan Cowboy” (Warp)
08. My Bloody Valentine – “To Here Knows When” (Creation)
09. Cocteau Twins – “Pitch The Baby” (4AD)
10. DMX Krew – “You Can’t Hide Your Love” (Hidden Love Mix) (Warp)
11. D’Breez – “Crazy for Love” (Autechre remix) (Skam)
‘Upstepping’ is out now on PRAH Recordings & ‘Remain Calm’ by Mica Levi & Oliver Coates is out now on Slip Discs.
Compiled by Oliver Coates, 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.