Maya Jane Coles, one of the great rising powers in house music, will be joining the Electric Zoo Festival for the first time this year. She will be playing at the Sunday School Grove on Saturday, September 1.
Called “the one to watch” by DJ Mag, Maya has experienced a meteoric rise to the top since her new-classic anthem What They Say broke during the fall of 2010, followed by the EPs “Humming Bird”, “Focus Now” and “Beat Faster”. 2011 accordingly saw numerous high achievements: she was named Best Breakthrough DJ by Mixmag, debuted at #9 in Resident Advisor’s DJ Poll, won Best Newcomer at the Ibiza DJ Awards, and was voted Producer of the Year in DJ Mag.
Recently Maya crafted the latest installment of the renowned DJ-Kicks mix series, released on !K7 Records in April. “I wanted this mix to showcase my diversity,” says Coles. “I don’t just do one thing and I wanted it to reflect that. Most of the mixes I’ve put out there so far have been house based, but I also produce stuff under the Nocturnal Sunshine moniker, which is more two-step/bass influenced stuff. This mix evolved into something that wasn’t just four-to-the-floor.”
The mix opens with muted synth chords and broken post-garage beats of Loquz & Past by Deft, gradually acquiring more rhythmic weight care of tracks like In My Cocoon by Bozwell, a moody throb of glassy-sounding electronics, and Coles’ own Not Listening, a driving cut built on a pounding yet melodic groove and exclusive to the mix. Another exclusive is Meant To Be, released under her Nocturnal Sunshine guise, which marks the mix’s transition to a more shuffley, two-step-influenced section. The word journey is often used to describe DJ sets, too often, perhaps – but it applies in the case, on a grand scale.
Don’t miss Maya’s highly anticipated debut performance at Electric Zoo on Saturday, September 1.