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Maya Jane Coles – Darkside feat. Chelou (MJC V2 Mix)

Maya Jane Coles releases a club mix of ‘Darkside’, the third EP to be taken from the independent artist’s highly praised new double LP ‘Take Flight’ – called by DJ Mag her “landmark album”. The package sees Maya add her own dancefloor-ready twist to the melancholic original that features London folk-electronica artist and regular collaborator Chelou.

‘Darkside’ is one in a string of releases to surface from the celebrated ‘Take Flight’ album and the latest to receive the remix treatment. This fresh new club edit is a testament to Maya’s unbreakable work ethic and prolific nature. Previous EPs such as ‘Won’t Let You Down’ and ‘Weak/Werk’ received global acclaim from FADER, Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, as well as support from Pete Tong.

Maya’s ‘MJC V2 MIX’ prepares the dark and dubby original into a club ready weapon complete with earth-shattering kick drums which jostle through jittering percussion and shimmering, eerie vocals provided by Chelou.

Video: Chelou – Halfway to Nowhere

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Here’s the new Chelou and Maya Jane Coles’ production collaboration ‘Halfway To Knowhere’.

The video exhibits the talents of London-based illustrator Polly Nor. Polly’s works have turned heads in the art world with her ‘real version of the 21st century’ illustrations. Polly’s iconic drawings are brought to life for the first time by Animator / Director Andy Baker for the video of Chelou’s, ‘Halfway To Nowhere’.

“One woman’s anxieties and insecurities lead her on a surreal journey of self discovery trapped in a grotesque and devilish manifestation of her subconscious. Lost in this dark and lonely world she is lead to confront her demons and finally make peace with herself. “Polly Nor

Video: Nocturnal Sunshine – Believe feat. Chelou

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Maya Jane Coles shares the video for “Believe” ft. Chelou, the latest single off her self-titled debut as Nocturnal Sunshine, out this week on her own label I/AM/ME.

Origianlly premiereing on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, the video was directed by a duo Coles has collaborated with numerous times before – the husband-wife team of Fiona Garden and Ben Ashton, known as the Fashtons. “Fiona and Ben are both true artists in their own right and really understand my music,” says Coles. When it comes to the gritty vibe of the Nocturnal sunshine project I couldn’t think of anyone better to work with.”

With their deep understanding of Nocturnal Sunshine, the pair fully grasp the dichotomous elements of her music and thus were able to acheiceve “the perfect balance of darkness and innocence” with the video for “Believe.”

Maya is ascending to new artistic heights—Nocturnal Sunshine exemplifying a deep commitment to her own expansive vision. From featuring her own vocals to being clad in artwork Maya created herself, Nocturnal Sunshine is something more of a cohesive artistic project than simply a record; it seems only too appropriate that the completely self-produced album be released on her own label, I/AM/ME.

Though eminently dark and—at times—menacing, Nocturnal Sunshine is a heady journey steeped in dancefloor tradition; it is a fully realized undertaking that portrays another side of an artist who never shies away from progression.
The eponymously named album Nocturnal Sunshine is available on all formats now.

Nocturnal Sunshine (Maya Jane Coles) – Believe feat. Chelou

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photo by Fiona Garden

After the success of “Take Me There” Multi-award winning British-Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles returns with her dark and dubby, bass-driven alter ego Nocturnal Sunshine and the second single “Believe” feat. Chelou.

Not much is known of the elusive newcomer Chelou whose delicate vocals feature on the second installment of singles, even the origin of the name is uncertain. Essentially, it’s French slang for mysterious or unknown – a child-like, pig-Latin inversion of ‘louche.

Earlier this year, the rising songwriter placed a preview of his track ‘The Quiet’ online. Remarkably, it quickly went viral with fans swooning at his emotively veiled, sparse and often quite moving artistry. Amongst the army of newfound fans was of course Maya Jane Coles who is also working on Chelou’s own debut album. Since then mysterious singer/songwriter has been supporting the likes of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Nathalie Prass.

Maya is ascending to new artistic heights—Nocturnal Sunshine exemplifying a deep commitment to her own expansive vision. From featuring her own vocals to being clad in artwork Maya created herself, Nocturnal Sunshine is something more of a cohesive artistic project than simply a record; it seems only too appropriate that the completely self-produced album be released on Maya’s own label, I/AM/ME.

Though eminently dark and—at times—menacing, Nocturnal Sunshine is a heady journey steeped in dancefloor tradition; it is a fully realized undertaking that portrays another side of an artist who never shies away from progression.

The eponymously named album “Nocturnal Sunshine” is available on all formats from 25th May through her own label I/AM/ME via Kobalt Label Services. PREORDER HERE: http://smarturl.it/nocturnalsunshine