Nocturnal queen of deep, emotive sound Maya Jane Coles has delivered her first full-length album. Comfort, releasing on Coles’ own I/AM/ME label, hearkens back to the young producer’s Nocturnal Sunshine roots, but with a deeper maturity of life and emotion–a blissful, modest sonority from start to finish. To keep things even more personal, Maya also created the album’s artwork.
Maya reaches deep into her personal “comfort” zone. The 25-year-old engineered, produced, and mixed the album at her home studio, with every instrument at the mercy of her own hand as well as taking on vocal duties on tracks like the lo-fi Stranger and the hypnotic Dreamer. Look to the album title to understand that this is not a collection of club tracks. This is an album of songs. We still feel Maya’s ravenous drum production and bountiful bass-tones warmly weaved with self-engineered guitars and synth sounds well-suited for the esoteric palate.
Everything, the first single released from the album, features Scandinavian songstress and co-producer Karin Park on intoxicating vocal duty. Everything also marks the arrival of Maya’s debut music video, a onyx tale of ornithological obsession. Maya reunites with Catherine Pockson of Alpines for the R&B tone of Fall From Grace, a haunting vocal over a laden bassline that your ears just melt into. Another standout collaboration is Maya’s duet with legendary Bristol rapper/producer Tricky on Wait for You, a follow-up to Maya’s previous remix of Tricky’s Time To Dance.
The 12 tracks heard on Comfort reflect the many intricate sides of Maya Jane Coles with influences from electronic music and many other shades of sound from house, hip hop, and R&B to techno, dub, and indie. It’s an effortless and easy listen for those that appreciate the deep depths of dance music.
Purchase Maya Jane Coles’ Comfort on Beatport.