Originally from London, Oliver Coates is a cellist who has worked with a wide variety of artists from the classical, alternative, experimental, and electronic music worlds, in addition to composing his own innovative solo work. His debut album, 2013's Towards the Blessed Islands, included interpretations of pieces by composers ranging from Iannis Xenakis to Squarepusher. His subsequent works have further blended his contemporary classical and electronic influences, with 2016's Upstepping and 2018's Shelley's on Zenn-La creatively incorporating elements of British techno and garage. Aside from his solo work, Coates has worked extensively with Mica Levi, in addition to appearing on albums by Radiohead, Actress, Laurel Halo, and others.
In 2012, Coates collaborated with composer Leo Abrahams on an album of electro-acoustic experiments titled Crystals Are Always Forming. He released his debut solo album, Towards the Blessed Islands, in 2013. The following year, he released Another Fantasy, an EP featuring his interpretation of the title track, composed by house producer Bryce Hackford, as well as two remixes by Hackford himself. He also played on Mica Levi's award-winning soundtrack to the science fiction film Under the Skin, which was released in 2014. Coates contributed to Radiohead's 2016 full-length, A Moon Shaped Pool, and according to the group's leader, Thom Yorke, the cellist played a major role in shaping the album's sound. During the same year, Coates released his second solo album, Upstepping, which was heavily inspired by British dance music (particularly '90s techno groups like Orbital as well as U.K. garage) but created almost entirely with cello and electronic processing. He also collaborated with Levi on an album titled Remain Calm.