Mixtape #88

October is here and with it comes a very special selection of tracks picked by Emily Hall, the marvellous and infinitely creative British composer. She won us over with her 2015 concept album/opera Folie à Deux, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year. So we asked her to put together a mixtape with some of the artists and bands that have inspired her and the stunning mix she sent us journeys through a myriad of genres and styles, with artists from the likes of Anna Meredith and Oliver Coates to Mara Carlyle and Lady Maisery. Enjoy!

  1. Anna Meredith – Something Helpful [Moshi Moshi]
  2. Oliver Coates – Another Day [PRAH Recordings]
  3. Mara Carlyle – How It Felt To Kiss You [Ancient & Modern]
  4. Mesadorm – Drink You [Babylegs Records]
  5. Olivia Chaney – Blessed Instant [Nonesuch]
  6. Mira Calix – The Stockholm Syndrome [Warp]
  7. Kronos Quartet with Bryce Dressner – Little Blue Something [Anti-]
  8. Lady Maisery – This Woman’s Work [RootBeat Records]
  9. Ties Mellema: Jacob Ter Veldhuis – Grab It!
  10. Oliver Coates – Tommib Help Buss [PRAH Recordings]
  11. Nadia Sirota – Etude No.3 [Bedroom Community]
  12. Laurie Anderson – O Superman [Warner Bros.]
  13. Håkon Austbø and Olivier Messiaen- I. Regard du Pere [Naxos]
  14. Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim – West Side Story: Tonight [United Artists]

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates share new single from upcoming album Remain Calm

Photo: Steven Légère and Gaëlle Beri

Photo: Steven Légère and Gaëlle Beri

We’re only a couple of days away from the release of Remain Calm, the debut collaborative album from Mica Levi and Oliver Coates. The pair had already enticed us with the staggering first single from the album, ‘Barok Main’, and they have teased it again with another magnificent track, ‘Dolphins Climb Onto Shore For The First Time’. It comes with a video made by Leah Walker and you can watch it below.

Remain Calm is out on November 25th via Slip.

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates announce collaborative album Remain Calm

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Remain CalmMica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes, and experimental composer and cellist Oliver Coates are two tremendously talented musicians whose paths have crossed many times in the past. Following an impromptu jam on Mica Levi’s NTS radio show, the pair continued to improvise together in a flat in south London. Remain Calm is the fruit of this collaboration, a full-length album set for release on November 25th via Slip.

Both hailing from a classical background, Mica Levin and Oliver Coates are also “keen to blur its lines into more contemporary styles like grime, techno and drone”, described the press release. “Shades of Iannis Xenakis, Aphex Twin, Burial and Scott Walker’s film music are suggested in certain passages, but the sum of its parts are a very singular soundworld and a stunning piece of work.”

Along with the announcement comes the first staggering single from the album, ‘Barok Main’. Take a listen below.

Oliver Coates reworks track from Adult Jazz’s debut album

Adult Jazz

British quartet Adult Jazz released their outstanding debut album Gist Is last month. The enveloping opening track ‘Hum’  has been reworked by experimental composer and cellist Oliver Coates, who has worked and continues to work with an array of creative outfits, including Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, DOOM, Micachu and Massive Attack. Whilst Adult Jazz’s Harry Burgess dazzles us with his vocals on the original track, the Oliver Coates’ cover features the delicate voice of Scottish collaborator Chrysanthemum Bear. Let yourself immerse into the beauty of this cover.