Because of his heavy emphasis on sampling and tape loops, there will be those who try to compare Coates to artists like Beck or Cornelius. This would be inaccurate and misleading. The loops on “Clerkenwell Kid” are drawn almost exclusively from early bossa nova and scratchy big band, circa World War II.
While Cornelius and Beck sample across genres of music to create new sounds, Coates’ music is more reverent. Instead of transforming his scratchy records, he tries to retain the mood and passion of the bygone eras he pulls from.
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