Entries in I/AM/ME (2)


Maya Jane Coles 'Take Flight'

For an artist like Maya Jane Coles who writes, performs, and mixes her own music, even down to creating the artwork, it's tough predict what you'll find on her new releases.  With her second full length album Take Flight she's also released it on her own label I/AM/ME, and it's proven to be the perfect formula.  For an artist who began her career as part of She Is Danger, and later included the alterego Nocturnal Sunshine and been an innovative force in music from the very beginning, this album feels like a triumph.

Take Flight is comprised of 24 tracks, clocking in at nearly 2 hours.  That's not the only way in which it resembles Coles' legendary live sets and dj mixes.  The dark and moody elements are pervasive from the very beginning, and that should come as no surprise.  What might be a surprise is just how much Coles accomplishes in the course of this record. 

Your journey begins with 'Weak', one of the singles released prior to 'Take Flight'.  It's a beautifully written, extremely vulnerable song making it the perfect invitation into her world.  It's enchanting, thanks in part to starting off slow, something that you may not expect on the new album from an artist known for incredible house music.  'Weak' is complimented beautifully by 'Werk', another single found later in the album.  The pair show two sides of the music that Coles embraces on this project, and recently had a follow up release of incredible remixes on I/AM/ME.

'Bo Wint' and 'Old Jam' build on the emotional energy of 'Weak' and perfectly set up the title track.  It's at this point it feels like the album truly begins, that you can finally start to understand what you're experiencing.  'Take Flight' embraces the meditative side of house music, and uses that to draw you into the music.  As you delve further and further into the album, you start to realize that there is a delicate balance taking place.  Each track is almost like a chapter in a story, each is an essential piece of a much larger whole, but on their own there is so much to be admired about every one. 

There are so many tracks that will be perfect for dj sets all over the world.  'Trails' is a perfect example.  Just like 'Golden Days'.  From the darker beginnings of the record emerges an optimism in the sense that these aren't necessarily 'happy' songs, but they make you feel good.  'Pulse' feels a lot like a late night or early morning set from Coles as the album winds down and ends with 'Starlight'.  As you reach the conclusion of Take Flight it's pretty clear that there's a lot more going on here than you'd notice at first glance.

Maya Jane Coles has created one of the most incredible, and vitally unique albums by a dj/producer.  Take Flight is a glimpse at the evolution of an artist dedicated to every element of her craft.  It's significant in that it is a masterpiece from beginning to end where many artists known for djing release records that feel more like a collection of singles.  Take Flight is likely to help you do just that, albums like this can inspire you into embarking on something brand new.

You can listen below and buy/stream Take Flight here


Nocturnal Sunshine: 'Believe' Remix EP


How can a release that is so deeply rooted in darkness feel so light and so free?  Nocturnal Sunshine is the ominous alter ego of Maya Jane Coles, a household name to anyone who has a clue about dance music.  'Believe' might be a four song remix EP, but it plays like a cohesive, engaging journey from beginning to end. Pairing with like minded, similarly focused artists for the remixes doesn't hurt, but adds to the depth of the project without straying from it's roots.


The original version of 'Believe' features Chelu and is not what we'd normally expect from Maya Jane Coles, in fact it's quite the opposite.  'Believe' forces humans of the digital era to take a good long look in a very dark mirror, and those who do will learn so much if they are open to it.  The arrangement is a far cry from the techno we know and love from MJC, but instead slows things to a steady crawl, with an unmistakable groove.  Famed New Yorker Curses (aka Drop The Lime) takes the track towards an atmospheric techno sound, providing an epic arrangement for the ever-evolving track.  Hodgson leans away from the noisy creation of Curses, adding a synth that calls out with great longing, and leaves the bassline front and centre.


'Intergalactic' is the final track on 'Believe', where Nocturnal Sunshine sheds further light on unpredictable, unexpected, and previously unheard sounds.  Where some artists struggle to keep their fan base interested, Maya Jane Coles dives head first into new territory as Nocturnal Sunshine, and her devoted following is coming along as newcomers are drawn to the dark, mysterious sounds and reflective mood that the record creates.  Where some dance music feels inherently false and hollow, this record seems to be deeply rooted in the realities of our world, and yet remains hopeful, and introspective.  Nocturnal Sunshine's 'Believe' EP is simply more proof of what we already knew, this is one of the most vital artists of our time.



Buy 'Believe' here!