Om Unit

Om Unit, aka Londoner Jim Coles, is a producer of bleeps and bass who views genres as something to mess with. Over ten years of music making has seen him record as 2tall and Philip K Dick as well as his current guise and produce electronics which zorb recklessly across the sphere of underground beats. His collaborators include everyone from Goldie to Machine Drum while his debut album as Om Unit is out via Civil Music on 28 October.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 23 Oct 2013
  • min read
Musical journeys don’t come more eclectic than that of Om Unit, aka Jim Coles.

This London producer has been at the raw coal face of beats for over ten years recording across a variety of styles, guises and musical experiments.

2tall, his first moniker, specialised in straight up hip hop bangers before he delivered some footwork grooves under the name Philip K Dick. He finally settled on Om Unit, jumping headfirst into the blueprint of d’n’b, jungle and dubstep to concoct an output that is as varied as it’s exciting.

After a schooling at Red Bull Music Academy Madrid, Jim has continued to immerse himself in bleeps and bass with DJ sets and appearances at festivals as far flung as Sonar Tokyo and festivals in New Zealand.

He’s gone on to collaborate with the likes of Ninja Tune producer Machinedrum, released a joint EP with fellow jungle music maker Sam Binga on dBridge’s Exit Records and a solo EP on the legendary Metalheadz label. His forthcoming album Threads is his debut set as Om Unit and first for Civil Music. It’s an eclectic and innovative outing which shows you just where his head is at and possibly where it’s heading next. Although, as his past form shows, he’s a tricky man to predict…

I first started writing music because…
I wanted to learn how it was done, at the time (1993). All most people had access to was cheap software, so I was lucky enough to have a cheap PC and some free stuff and it enabled me to get going.

I have been making music since…

My music is…
Exploratory, electronic music production. It’s generally an exploration of synthesising different tropes from here and there.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Machinedrum, dBridge, Mark Pritchard or anything from Ninja Tunes or Warp.

My favourite venue is…
Corsica Studios in London. It's got the right balance of decent sound and lack of pretentious decor, but caters for people that like something a bit different.

Music is important because…
Music is as important to human beings as food and air.

My biggest inspiration is…
Always coming from stepping outside the comfort zone to source unexpected surprises.

My dream collaboration would be…
A full length Saul Williams collaboration.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Dark Sunrise (feat. Tamara Blessa).

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
An IT geek or some sort of manual work.

In 10 years time I want to be..
A homeowner with a cat please.

Full tour dates are below:

25 October - London Threads launch party
26 October - Leeds
31 October - Manchester, UK
1 November - Stockholm, Sweden
8 November – Metalheadz, Fabric, London,
23 November - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
26 November - Whistler, Canada
27 November - Calgary, Canada
28 November - Edmonton, Canada
29 November - Vancouver, Canada
30 November - Portland, US
5 December - Boston, US
7 December - New York, US
9 December - Orlando, US
10 December - Denver, US
20 December - Leipzig, Germany
17 January - Lyon, France

Find out more about how to get tickets for the tour and the album from the links below: