I think I’m in love. Maya Jane Coles is uncategorizable, humble, highly talented, and on top of it all, sexy. What more could you want in a woman? The 23-year-old Londoner has exploded onto the scene of late, making her name synonymous with soulful, emotive music across numerous genres that include both house and dubstep. After her breakout track “What They Say,” made it to the top of RA and Beatport, getting charted and played by countless big names along the way, more than one publication slapped the “prodigy” label on her. Prominent features in Mixmag and XLR8R have elevated her to household-name status for those in the know. Given the consistent flow of quality coming through this modest, mysterious lady, the exposure is well-deserved.
Coles’ next official EP was released today on vinyl through England’s 2020Vision Records, and comes out to the analog-illiterate on Beatport at the end of the month. “When we discussed the project with her we agreed it was vital to put together a single that truly reflected her diverse tastes and skills,” said 2020Vision in regards to the release, and it’s the truth. The label has graciously put up full-length previews of the entire four song EP on their YouTube channel, check em out embedded below:
Focus Now is the title track, which 2020Vision paint as featuring “delicate synth sequences weaving in and out of intricate rhythms:”
Little One is a smooth, laid-back deep house groove featuring trippy, sensual vocal samples from Maya herself, something you’ve become accustomed to if you know her work.
Senseless is the poppiest of the quartet, and features more of Maya’s singing. Perhaps a taste of what we can expect on Maya’s forthcoming no-release-date-set artist album.
The High Life is another laid back, pleasantly glitchy, up-and-down offering to finish things up.
As alluded to before, MJC dabbles in dubstep as well under the oxymoronic moniker Nocturnal Sunshine. This is the kind of dubstep the snobs would call “real” dubstep. Far more Skream than Skrillex. It’s also some of the most voluptuous, emotional dubstep I’ve heard since Skream’s “Where You Should Be.” Listen and download Nocturnal Sunshine’s “Broke” below.
MP3 Download: Nocturnal Sunshine – Broke (right click save as)
And if you’re unfamilar with some of Coles’ earlier work, here’s “You Look Like” one of my favorites off her excellent compilation on 1trax from a few months ago.
MP3 Download: Maya Jane Coles – You Look Like (right click save as)