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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.

Maya Jane Coles – Take Flight LP

2017 will see Maya Jane Coles release her second album, Take Flight, on her own label I/AM/ME via Skint Records/BMG. Take Flight is her most substantial body of work to date and is the long awaited follow up to her debut album “Comfort” (2013) and her “Nocturnal Sunshine” project (2015).

Danny Howard – filling in for Pete Tong on his BB1 Radio show while he’s away – premiered the latest single from the album, “Trails.” Listen to the single now via all platforms.

Take Flight has been preceded by the critically acclaimed EP Won’t Let You Down, which is receiving worldwide support from DJs in the clubs and on the radio – Pete Tong made the title track his “Essential New Tune”. Featuring remixes of “Won’t Let You Down” from Catz ’n Dogz and ParideSaranceni , album track “Cherry Bomb” plus “Round In Circles,” the EP’s various tracks saw premieres with Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, Grooveand Huffington Post. A further EP Weak/Werk will drop imminently!

Maya is an enigma in today’s music world. On this album – as with all her releases – she has written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every track, even designing the artwork herself.

Opening track “Weak” kicks off the album with sublime soundscapes and low-slung drums, title track ‘Take Flight’ offers a trip-hop inspired beat with a psychedelic twist.

The album sees guest appearances from enigmatic singer-songwriter and long time Maya collaborator Chelou on “Darkside,” which is slow, vivid and totally immersive, We Fell To Earth singer Wendy Rae Fowler on “A Chemical Affair” and “Misty Morning” before singer Rachel Butt from the band GAPS features on “Keep Me Warm.” Maya released GAPS debut album on I/AM/ME.

From the high octane ‘Passing Me by’ to the visceral ‘Trails’, ‘Take Flight’ offers an eclectic selection of immersive tracks that are certain to excite old and new fans alike, all over the world.

2017 will see Maya Jane Coles release her second album, Take Flight, on her own label I/AM/ME via Skint Records/BMG. Take Flight is her most substantial body of work to date and is the long awaited follow up to her debut album “Comfort” (2013) and her “Nocturnal Sunshine” project (2015).

Danny Howard – filling in for Pete Tong on his BB1 Radio show while he’s away – premiered the latest single from the album, “Trails.” Listen to the single now via all platforms.

Listen To Trails Here

Take Flight has been preceded by the critically acclaimed EP Won’t Let You Down, which is receiving worldwide support from DJs in the clubs and on the radio – Pete Tong made the title track his “Essential New Tune”. Featuring remixes of “Won’t Let You Down” from Catz ’n Dogz and ParideSaranceni , album track “Cherry Bomb” plus “Round In Circles,” the EP’s various tracks saw premieres with Wonderland, Mixmag, Complex, Grooveand Huffington Post. A further EP Weak/Werk will drop imminently!

Maya is an enigma in today’s music world. On this album – as with all her releases – she has written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every track, even designing the artwork herself.

Opening track “Weak” kicks off the album with sublime soundscapes and low-slung drums, title track ‘Take Flight’ offers a trip-hop inspired beat with a psychedelic twist.

The album sees guest appearances from enigmatic singer-songwriter and long time Maya collaborator Chelou on “Darkside,” which is slow, vivid and totally immersive, We Fell To Earth singer Wendy Rae Fowler on “A Chemical Affair” and “Misty Morning” before singer Rachel Butt from the band GAPS features on “Keep Me Warm.” Maya released GAPS debut album on I/AM/ME.

From the high octane ‘Passing Me by’ to the visceral ‘Trails’, ‘Take Flight’ offers an eclectic selection of immersive tracks that are certain to excite old and new fans alike, all over the world.

Take Flight will be released on Double CD / Heavy Weight 3 x Vinyl Box Set / Digital plus a limited Deluxe Hardback Book CD format will also be exclusively available via Maya’s artist store.

Maya Jane Coles – Take Flight
(Aug 25th – I/AM/ME)

Weak
Bo & Wing
Old Jam
Take Flight
Darkside feat Chelou
Lucky Charm
Blackout
Unholy
A Chemical Affair feat Wendy Rae Fowler
Misty Morning feat Wendy Rae Fowler
Keep Me Warm feat GAPS
Let You Go
Won’t Let You Down
On My Way
Go On And Make It Through
Cherry Bomb
Chasing Sunshine
Golden Days
Werk
Passing Me By
Trails
Stay
Pulse
Starlight

Take Flight is released August 25th through ‘I/AM/ME’ / Skint Records / BMG Records

Maya Jane Coles – Won’t Let You Down EP

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Maya Jane Coles returns with a new EP, ‘Won’t Let You Down’, taken from her forthcoming and highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Take Flight’ out later this year on her own I/AM/ME label.

Much more than just a DJ Maya Jane Coles is a producer, engineer and label boss. Maya is an independent artist in complete control of her own music, from writing, producing and arranging to even creating her own artwork – something of a rarity in today’s culture of co-producers, ghostwriters and engineers.

After her explosion onto the house scene back in 2010, Maya Jane Coles has blossomed into one of the industry’s most respected figures: picking up numerous awards including ‘Best producer’ and ‘Best DJ’ from the likes of Mixmag, DJ Mag and FACT!; making RA’s top 10 DJ Chart multiple times; amassing millions of plays online with a colossal 3.2 million Soundcloud followers, gracing over 20 magazine covers, and even taking the time to front Dr Martens AW16 campaign worldwide.

Maya’s credits also cover Drake & Nicki Minaj’s Grammy nominated ‘Truffle Butter’ – a song on the verge of Platinum in the US and that has already gone Silver in the UK, while her wider ventures into collaborations with disparate artists, like acoustic songwriter Chelou, has positioned Maya as totally unique – someone for whom genre never poses an obstacle.

As a DJ, Maya has played from Coachella to Glastonbury, headlined with her own event brands, and played in the Tate Modern, MOMA and even Brighton FC Stadium. An artist who’s seen it all in 40 + countries, Maya Jane Coles demonstrates unrivalled command of the best in electronic music, alongside a formidable work ethic.

Building from early releases on Dogmatik, Mobile and Hypercolour and remixing the likes of The XX, Bonobo, Little Dragon, Sia and Ella Fitzgerald along the way; Maya founded her own record label I/AM/ME, which has gone on to host Breach, Dense & Pika, and Wax Wings, as well as providing a liberated platform for Maya’s own music.

After her debut album, ‘Comfort’, appeared on I/AM/ME; an eponymous bass music driven album under her “Nocturnal Sunshine” alias soon followed, both to much critical acclaim. Now, on the cusp of her eagerly awaited return to the LP, ‘Take Flight’, Maya offers ‘Won’t Let You Down’ EP; an exciting taster of just how strong her next full-length is set to be.

Title track ‘Won’t Let You Down’ gets the EP underway, introducing psychic synth stabs surrounded by her ever endearing lucid atmospherics and impelling drums. ‘Cherry Bomb’ plays with vocal textures alongside immersive synths and heady drum programming, before ‘Round In Circles’ incorporates dub-inspired syncopated beats and intoxicating vocal atmospherics for a hypnotic track – sure to have a seismic impact on dance floors.

Pets Recording bosses Catz n Dogz provide a high-octane remix for ‘Won’t Let You Down’ whilst rising star Paride Saraceni, offers a darker prime-time techno alternative.

Proof that she is never one to rest on her laurels, ‘Won’t Let You Down’ occupies space where most producers cannot dare to dream of reaching – warming her ever growing fan base up for what is certain to be a momentous second album.

‘Won’t Let You Down’ is an exciting progression for Maya Jane Coles, acting as an appetizer for ‘Take Flight’ and the impact it will undoubtedly cause, not just in the electronic music world but beyond too.

Maya Jane Coles – Won’t Let You Down (Culoe De Song Remix)

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Ballantine’s and Boiler Room’s True Music platform celebrates and supports artists that do it their way. With Maya Jane Coles at the helm, the True Music platform is travelling across South Africa, Russia and Spain, to create a remix EP working with fantastic talents in each country, starting with Johannesburg’s favourite, Culoe de Song.

The debut track from the ‘True Music EP’ sees Culoe remix ‘Won’t Let You Down’, an unreleased track from Maya’s forthcoming double album. Taking his signature deep, rolling house style, Culoe’s version pushes the track in a completely new direction.

Bringing this remix to life is this beautifully animated music video. Shot in Culoe’s hometown Johannesburg, it’s packed with clips from his incredible set at the recent True Music show there. So, sit back, hit play and see what happens when two forces of electronic music come together…

Maya Jane Coles said of the remix: “Culoe’s remix is completely different to the original – it’s great to hear his take on it. He’s another independent artist who’s super passionate about making music his own way and this really comes through. Definitely looking forward to working on our future True Music releases!”

Be sure to check out truemusic.boilerroom.tv for more info around the project and further releases. The full True Music EP will be released for free download in February 2017.

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

Kim Ann Foxman – It’s You That Drives Me Wild EP

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Kim Ann Foxman realigns her vision as a producer in a welcome return to her own New York based Firehouse Recordings label with her ‘It’s You That Drives Me Wild EP’.

The title track spins an intoxicating groove over Kim Ann’s vocals full of desire and lust, while ‘Give It All You Got’ fuses raw energy and dextrous percussion through her confident, evocative words. Close ally and regular cohort Maya Jane Coles seamlessly remixes ‘It’s You That Drives Me Wild’ with her signature sound. The mood suddenly becomes much tougher during ‘Magic Window’ wrapping up the latest offering from New York’s finest lady of electronic music.

Since creating Firehouse Recordings in conjunction with The Vinyl Factory two years ago, Kim Ann has released sporadically on her label, resulting in only highly thought-out and credible music from the imprint. A long standing figure in the New York dance scene, Kim Ann has remixed The XX and collaborated with Anthony Simoncino´s alias Ron Jason. A regular at Panorama Bar, she continues to tour relentlessly with her high voltage signature style that is both remarkably original and infectious.

Tracklist:
It’s You That Drives Me Wild (Extended)
Give It All You Got (Original)
It’s You That Drives Me Wild (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Magic Window (Original)

Gorgon City – All Four Walls (Maya Jane Coles Remix) feat. Vaults

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Gorgon City return with another banger remix by DJ Maya Jane Coles for All Four Walls ft Vaults! A true club mix, with a pulsating four-to-the-floor heartbeat and infectious vibe. All Four Walls is taken from the bands new project ‘Kingdom’.

Gorgon City recently unveiled the video for All Four Walls, which is steeped in a rebellious carefree attitude, featuring a young guy and girl set against the backdrop of a night out! Watch the official video here.

Wanting a new, faster way to release all the music they’ve been working on. GC’s new KINGDOM project will allow MATT & KYE to regularly feed music out to their fans while supporting their biggest summer of touring yet, further cementing themselves as one of the leading forces in modern-day dance music.

Gorgon City have also been working closely with Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels), remixing Damian Lazarus’ own single for his official Vermillion Remix album alongside Jamie Jones & Dixon! The forthcoming tracks culminate in to 1 release ‘KINGDOM, VOLUME 1’ – end AUG. Before starting again with ‘VOLUME 2’

ALL FOUR WALLS REMIX EP, AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE DOWNLOAD & STREAMING – 6th MAY

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.

Nimmo – Dilute This (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

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Fresh from their sold out show at London’s Oslo venue, rising five-piece Nimmo have enlisted their old school friend Maya Jane Coles for a powerful, moody remix of their new single ‘Dilute This’ – out now on Columbia Records.

Fronted by harmonic co-vocalists (and best friends since childhood) Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, this idiosyncratic and visually-striking young band describe ‘Dilute This’ as “a song about the fear of love becoming mundane, and no longer unique. We didn’t discuss the subject before writing it but we always tend to go through the same sort of thing mentally at the same time, and often find ourselves writing about similar things we’re paranoid about.”

The pent-up frustration of ‘Dilute This’ follows Nimmo’s debut, Kitsuné-released EP ‘Others’, and last year’s ‘Jaded’ single. Inspired by the dark electronica of New Order or the heartfelt pop of Everything But The Girl and Fleetwood Mac, this tightknit five-piece have since picked up plaudits spanning Radio 1, 6Music, XFM and KCRW.

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.”