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Gaps – A World Away (Eekkoo Remix)

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Montreal-based producer Eekkoo unveiled his latest remix for UK duo GAPS, out April 1st on Maya Jane Coles’ imprint I/AM/ME.

Eekkoo’s rework of the track sees him adopting a similar ceaseless bass as the original, alongside a crunch of keys and filtered percussion. Eekkoo has reworked ‘A World Away’ into a minimalistic beauty in dark and haunting form, transforming the Folksy original into a beefed-up euphoric Techno stomper.

Eekkoo is a sound design teacher and sound engineer from Montreal, Canada who heavily favours sound exploration in his style with a focus on analogue and modular synthesizers. He’s released on labels like Natura Sonoris, Anjunadeep and Turbo Recordings with upcoming releases on Jeremy Olander’s Vivrant amongst others.

Gaps – In, Around The Moments LP

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Following a string of early single releases on London 7” label Sexbeat and a growing reputation for putting on one of the most magical live shows around, the debut album from GAPS is not out and available to buy. The album gets it’s release via Maya Jane Coles label, I/AM/ME. Available digitally at present, a CD and vinyl release is set to follow in the near future.

I/AM/ME is the label of Maya Jane Coles. The 25 year old multi talented DJ, producer, engineer and performer released her biggest body of work to date back in Summer 2013, her debut album “Comfort”, but it is here she turns her hand to creating a stable for some of the most exciting new artists around today.

Maya says of GAPS debut album being the first official non MJC material being released on I/AM/ME:

I’m really excited about being able to release the GAPS album. Until now I had solely used I/AM/ME to release my own material but after collaborating together on the “In Dark, In Day” EP and hearing how special their album was I really wanted to get involved further.

I want I/AM/ME to be a place where real artists can grow and keep their creative vision intact. I couldn’t think of a more perfect band and project that encapsulates that than GAPS for the label. Anyone who hasn’t seen them live should do so too as it’s just as magical as on the record, if not more.”

The story of GAPS is one that flows through every electrifying strand of the music, performance and personality that define Brighton duo Rachel Butt and Ed Critchley. A series of happy accidents brought the pair together for a creative match made in heaven – but the path that led two Coventry-born former school friends and drummers to make such a mould-breaking sound is as intriguing and inspiring as their music.

The duo struck gold with those first tracks, ripping a sonic curveball through the summer of 2013 – one that allied many disparate elements with total and utter cohesion. Their singular vision for what music can and should be begins with Rachel’s soulful, folk-tinged vocal and guitar which find a perfect resolution in the immaculately placed loops, repetitions and samples that recall Steve Reich as much as Four Tet and Jon Hopkins.

Few musical relationships in recent years fizz with the same levels of symbiosis and invention that the pair feed off. “I just love the space in music,” says Rachel. “The silence is as important as the rest of it.

There’s no way we could make this music if it wasn’t a two-way thing. It’s the product of the process rather than aiming towards something,” agrees Ed.

I couldn’t do what I do without him,” concludes Rachel, “and vice versa.”

Their sound found a fan in London-born house DJ and producer Maya Jane Coles. A collaborative EP followed and now GAPS are signed to I/AM/ME. GAPS debut album “In, Around The Moments” will be the first ever release on MJC’s own label.

I love the minimal darkness of what Maya does,” says Rachel, “and she just loves making music. Collaboratively, it’s been a lovely union too.”

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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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

Video: Nocturnal Sunshine (Maya Jane Coles) – Take Me There

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Multi-award winning British-Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles is greeting 2015 with the debut album of her dark and dubby, bass-driven alter ego Nocturnal Sunshine.

Maya is plumbing new artistic depths—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.

Accompanied by a hypnotic video directed by The Fashtons, the driving, shuffling “Take Me There” is the first taste of Nocturnal Sunshine with a digital release on March 2nd. A limited edition 12” version backed with the otherwise unavailable “Never Too Late” will be available on Record Store Day.

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.

Nocturnal Sunshine releases ‘Nocturnal Sunshine’ through her own label I/AM/ME via Kobalt Label Services on May 25th 2015.

Video: GAPS – All Me All You

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Here’s “All Me All You”, the new single from GAPS aka Rachel Butt and Ed Critchley, taken from their forthcoming album “In, Around The Moments”. Released on May 11th 2015 on Maya Jane Coles I/AM/ME label

After collaborating with GAPS on the In Dark, In Day EP and hearing how special their album was, I really wanted to get involved further,” says Coles. “I want I/AM/ME to be a place where real artists can grow and keep their creative vision intact. I couldn’t think of a more perfect band and project that encapsulates that than GAPS for the label. Anyone who hasn’t seen them live should do so too as it’s just as magical as on the record, if not more.”

Watch the video for “All Me All You” below. The track will be released as a single on the same day the album drops (May 11th).

Maya Jane Coles’ Nocturnal Sunshine LP

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Multi-award winning British-Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles is greeting 2015 with the debut album of her dark and dubby, bass-driven alter ego Nocturnal Sunshine.

Maya is plumbing new artistic depths—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.

Accompanied by a hypnotic video directed by The Fashtons, the driving, shuffling “Take Me There” will mark the first taste of Nocturnal Sunshine with a digital release on March 2nd.  A limited edition 12” version backed with the otherwise unavailable “Never Too Late” will be available on Record Store Day.

Vocal duties on the album include Maya herself on the chilling “It’s Alright”, whilst rising star Chelou features on the unsettling and addictive “Believe”. Argentina’s own Catnapp lends her vocal talents to the darkness of “The River”.

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.

Tracklist:
1. Intro (Holding On)
2. Believe ft. Chelou
3 It’s Alright
4. Take Me There
5. Drive
6. Footsteps
7. Down By The River
8. Bass Bin
9. Can’t Hide The Way I Feel
10. Intergalactic
11. Skipper
12. Hotel

Nocturnal Sunshine releases ‘Nocturnal Sunshine’ through her own label I/AM/ME via Kobalt Label Services on May 25th 2015. Pre-order here.

Maya Jane Coles & GAPS – In Dark, In Day EP

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Multi-award winning British-Japanese producer Maya Jane Coles, opens a new chapter in her remarkable career as she releases an EP in collaboration with British based duo GAPS; aka Rachel Butt and Ed Critchley. ”In Dark, In Day” EP is released on September 8th 2014 on Beatport and available from all other outlets from September 22nd 2014 via Maya’s own label; I/AM/ME.

All four tracks on the EP are produced by Maya with vocals delivered by Rachel. All the tracks on the EP were also co-written by the pair with the EP also featuring guitar work from both artists.

I love the minimal darkness of what Maya does,” says Rachel, “and she just loves making music. Collaboratively, it’s been a lovely union too.”

The collaboration originally arose when Rachel sent Maya some vocals after a chance meeting and a couple of emails. On hearing the richness of tone in Rachel’s voice, Maya was definitely sold on the partnership; the magic that followed wholly enshrined in this EP. Notably, this release marks Maya’s first full EP since the release of her hallowed debut album “Comfort” which included an array of guest vocalists from artists such as Tricky, Miss Kittin, Kim Ann Foxman, Karin Park, Thomas Knights, Alpines and Nadine Shah.

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In 2014, Maya also added Roskilde (Den), Tomorrowland (BEL), Future (AUS), Secret Garden (UK) and Awakenings (NED) to her list of festivals played; whilst returning to old favourites Glastonbury (UK) and Melt (GER). Other highlights for Maya this year include headlining Amnesia’s sold out opening party in Ibiza; her fabric 75 mix release, her own international Maya Jane Coles & Friends events, more magazine covers (almost 20 in all now!) as well as, fitting in remixes for the likes of Bookashade, Bonobo and Kwabs which has led to Maya amassing a 2.6 million Soundcloud followers and there are even rumblings of Maya visiting South America for the first time before the year is out…

As well as collaborating with Maya, the GAPS story is also unfolding at a rate of knots. The duo are winning over media and fans alike with both their music and creative eye following two single releases and a video collaboration with celebrated directors BISON. Rachel and Ed first cut their teeth drumming in different bands before these old school friends met again in Brighton. With rehearsals underway for an Autumn UK tour including a headline London Show at Servant Jazz Quarter (28th Oct) and an album being penned there is certainly far more of the GAPS story still to come…

Who knows maybe this might be the start of more collaboration to come between Maya Jane Coles & GAPS? If so, that’s more than fine by us!