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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.”

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.