2019 was a point of new territory for Maya Jane Coles and her alter-ego, Nocturnal Sunshine. Unleashing the latest studio project in late 2018 with ‘Foundation’ and later ‘U&ME’ the storm began to stir in anticipation for the sophomore Nocturnal Sunshine album ‘Full Circle’, taking the alias in a new direction and delving deep into Maya’s hip-hop influences. Arriving with a plethora of collaborators in tow, Peaches, Catnapp, Three Six Mafia’s Gangsta Boo, Young M.A. and Rising London Rapper, CHA$EY JON£S to name a few, the album drew acclaimed support from all corners of the industry, from Resident Advisor and Mixmag to Q Magazine, FADER and Billboard. This stream only continued across the airwaves with support across Rinse FM and BBC Radio 1, rounding off with Maya appearing on BBC Radio 6 Music for a guestmix with Nemone’s Electric Ladyland.
Entering into a new year, Nocturnal Sunshine seeks to build on the path she has travelled so far, a journey that saw performances across the globe, gracing the stages of Coachella, Sonar Barcelona and London’s Field Day under the alias, along with a dual performance at esteemed London club, FOLD to launch her ‘Full Circle’ LP; Maya made a world first here by performing as both Maya Jane Coles and Nocturnal Sunshine in the same evening. As this story continues to unfold, Nocturnal Sunshine presents a link up with Australian singer-songwriter, Ry X on single ‘Gravity’.
Having travelled the world guided by his innate musical compass, Ry X is a musician whose talents know no bounds. From Costa Rica and Indonesia, to London, Berlin and even Hollywood, his excursions have born their fruits in the many collaborations Ry has sought out, linking up with Frank Wiedemann of German electronic duo, Âme under a new alias, Howling. This pairing found Ry aligned with Wiedemann’s, pioneering Innervisions brand, co-founded with Dixon and saw live performances for Ry at Amsterdam’s ADE Fesitval, along with London’s Albert Hall. Adding to this, Ry later caught the ear of R&B queen, Rihanna who invited him to remix single ‘Love on the Brain’.
Grabbing the attention of Maya with his ethereal vocals, they team up on ‘Gravity’ to create a bubbling and deeply emotive cut. Inclusive of the signature downtempo breakbeat nuances that lie at the foundations of the Nocturnal Sunshine universe, the haunting and mildly soulful vocals of Ry X strike a chord of their own on ‘Gravity’.
Nocturnal Sunshine ‘Gravity’ ft. Ry X is out now via I/AM/ME. Listen here