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Shelley's On Zenn-La

For Shelley’s on Zenn-La, Oliver Coates designs a complex of bending truths and reverse walkways to vernal states. Open ears can peer down hidden aux channel corridors, while melodic patterns present two-way mirrors to rooms of other retinal colors. An endless euphoria is just beneath the dance floorboards of Shelley’s, and an inquisitiveness unencumbered by the institution of knowledge surrounding its frame and inhabitants. Shelley’s on Zenn-La was made between the Elephant and Castle neighborhood of London and a future dreamscape. In this realm out of time and space, Shelley’s (Laserdome) – a once-legendary late 80s / early 90s nightclub in the industrial town of Stoke-on-Trent in the north of England – can simultaneously exist on the fictional planet of Zenn-La, and can house a devotional, alien ritual of early UK rave culture, pioneering IDM, and deep minimalism. Much of the album’s construction extends from specific, self-imposed ambitions; particular palettes applied to individual creative ideas. These limitations become limitless manifestations of theme: two bass lines running in parallel (one cello, one synth), synthesized waveforms phasing with bowed acoustic drones and chords, synth sequences in nonstandard tuning sitting against folk melody in standard tuning. Coates made a lot of the music for Shelley’s in Renoise, composing drum sequences in hexadecimal numbers and pencil drawn waveforms and cementing specificity in the intricate, intelligent dance machinations. Cellist, composer, and producer Oliver Coates has studied at the Royal Academy of Music, been an artist in residency at London’s Southbank Centre, and received the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award. Coates has contributed to the recordings of Radiohead, and collaborated with Laurie Spiegel and John Luther Adams. 

Recorded at JD Twitch's Glasgow studio especially for NY's Rvng, Justine Delaney of New York's club Motherfucker presents the fifth CD in this compelling series. The eclecticism and trainspotter appeal of these DIY mixes makes them 100 times more vital than any officially licensed mix could ever hope to be. At over 74+ minutes of extreme noise pleasure, Justine D offers a quick-change glimpse of her varied musical knowledge and influences, providing us with a proper journey through eras and genres. The tracklist pays tribute to UK Balearic / rave era maestros (The Orb, My Bloody Valentine, Andrew Weatherall) and pioneers (Fripp, Eno, Bowie, Goblin, Arthur Russell), as well as taking in minimal wave, industrial and psych (Nitzer Ebb, Human League, Malaria, Ministry, The Zombies, Syd Barrett, Shocking Blue), disco, pop and new age disciples (Chic, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Hot Chip, Daniel Wang) and sonic terrorists (Malaria, Crass, Death In June) in an unexpurgated frenzy of musical pleasures.


CD Info: Limited run CD in superbly designed fold-out sleeve.

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