Artist: Various/ Maya Jane Coles
Album: Fabric 75
Maya Jane Coles, the multi-award-winning 26 year old British-Japanese producer/DJ, presents another new chapter in her remarkable career, following her critically-acclaimed debut album “Comfort” to provide the latest in fabric’s compilation series, fabric 75.
The meditative propulsive house and techno for which Maya is renowned spurred Rolling Stone to recently include the young star as one of their top 25 most influential DJs on the planet, and secured her place in the Resident Advisor Top 20 for a third successive year. It’s not hard to see why. Maya’s DJing highlights of the last year included a record breaking Boiler Room, a second much lauded Essential Mix for Radio 1, a guest mix for XLR8R’s hallowed 300th podcast, and live streamed mixes on Resident Advisor live from her residency at Richie Hawtin’s Enter at Space.
The Fabric Mix series has been for the last 13 years, a welcome edition to the CD compilation market. Keen not to sound too commercial, their choices for artist have pretty much always been excellent. We’ve come a long way from Craig Richards’ incredible Fabric 01 back in November 2001 but the vibe has remained constant – good quality underground beats. In this the 75th CD in the series, Maya Jane Coles takes the reigns. A regular at the club as both punter and DJ, she has undoubtedly a unique perspective of the club and the mix very clearly reflects her passion for house music and for London nightlife.
From the opening salvo, a speech from American Gangster proclaiming “You’re Somebody, or your Nobody”, you know your in for a treat. First track Trus’Me – Somebody heads straight into a deep heads down 4am vibe, bubbling acid and monotone repeated vocal phrases creating an hypnotic sense of calm. As we settle in for an hour of groovy deep house, gem after gem greet our ears with aplomb and its a welcome return for Paul Woolford’s epic electro house classic (yes there is such a thing!) when it chimes in around the 40 minute mark in its Dense & Pika guise. Other highlights for me were Mathew Jonson – Level 7 (Dixon Rmx), Baikal – Why Don’t Ya (Ripperton Rmx) and the closing track, Fran Von Vie ft. Cio May – Lonely nights. A track so densely emotive I genuinely felt drained afterwards.
Overall the mix exudes a confidence and patient build of a DJ well versed in the language of House music. This is MJC in full flow, careful to not over egg the pudding but determined to have as good a time as the delighted crowd in front of her. Maya describes her sound as “a raw house sound that is more mature and approachable than ever,” I’d concur. Theres enough melody for a prog head like me and the whole cd is a classy late night trip down memory lane for those familiar with the Clerkenwell institution. Those of a techno persuasion will be impressed by the vibe and hard as nails drum patterns which frequent this mix, what this isn’t is a paint by numbers deep house mix. Each track is carefully selected; the parts making a glorious whole.
Hats off to Maya, proving once again she is at the top of her game and a world force for the deeper end of House.
01// Trus’me – Somebody
02// Ksky – Madness (Volta Cab Remix – Maya Jane Coles Edit)
03// Dapayk & Padberg – Close Up (Exercise One Remix)
04// Mathew Jonson – Level 7 (Dixon Remix)
05// Heiko Laux & Alexander Lukat – Lucho Part 2
06// DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures – No One Gets Left Behind
07// Konstantin Siboid – Romin
08// Maya Jane Coles – Premonition
09// Baikal – Why Don’t Ya? (Ripperton Remix)
10// Paul Woolford – Erotic Discourse (Dense & Pika Remix)
11// Paride Saraceni – Dissolute
12// Negru – Concubinaj
13// Shall Ocin – Forgive Me (Edu Imbernon Remix)
14// Yenk – Bassment
15// Chesus feat. Kofi Tarris – Monster
16// NT89 – Purple Garden
17// Fran Von Vie feat. Cio May – Lonely Nights