Review: Having first appeared in its original form earlier in the year, Maya-Jane Coles' deep and bumpin' "Get Away" single gets reinvented by occasional Crosstown Rebel Subb-An. He predictably goes deeper and dubbier, switching between rock solid grooves and short, vocal-laden breakdowns before introducing a sublime, rush inducing extended breakdown. When that's amply tingled spines, he then reintroduces the dubby deep house groove for a heads-down trot to the finish line.
Review: Given her current popularity, it's no surprise to see all-conquering house hero Maya Jane Coles mixing the latest instalment of !K7's long-running DJ Kicks series. The diminutive DJ/producer is in fine form, too, mixing up typically atmospheric house cuts and clandestine deepness with saucer-eyed late night faves and forgotten B-sides (see Bozzwell's surprisingly emotional "In My Cocoon"). As a mix it's as deep, melodic and groovy as you'd expect, with a strong vocal theme running throughout. As it progresses, it tiptoes further into bleary-eyed darkroom territory, via stand-out cuts from Marcel Dettmann, Caribou (his thrilling remix of Virgo Four), Gerry Read and T Williams. Available digitally as individual tracks or one continuous mix!
Review: A decade on from her breakthrough release, "What They Say", Maya Jane Coles is preparing to release what she says will be her most "club-focused" album to date. Here she offers up a taste of what's to come via a three-track teaser EP. Opener "Would You Kill (4 Me)" is one of her most bass-heavy musical moments to date, with Todd Edwards influenced cut-up vocal samples and undulating electronic melodies riding smooth tech-house drums and deep sub-bass. "Sweet Love" also includes plenty of vocal cut ups, though the sounds surrounding it are deeper, warmer and altogether hazier, as if it was made for weary late night/early morning moments. Rounding off the EP is "Piano Magic", a cheery chunk of ear-pleasing peak-time goodness which also boasts some suitably big, bold bass.
Review: Four years have passed since Maya Jane Coles' last full-length excursion (2015's set as Nocturnal Sunshine not included), so it's perhaps unsurprising that Take Flight is something of a long and undulating epic. Featuring 24 tracks stretched across three LPs and a string of eager collaborators (Chelou, Rachel Butt of GAPS fame and We Fell To Earth singer Wendy Rae Fowler being arguably the best known), Take Flight is little less than an extended showcase for the DJ/producer's particular bland of shuffling, tactile tech-house, tweaked to suit the demands of radio and home listeners. One reviewer recently described it "love letter to dance music", and Coles' many fans will no doubt agree.