Maya Jane Coles - Essential Mix (2013-05-04)
MAYA JANE COLES: Essential Mix Two Timer In Under Two Years
It is a great honor for a DJ to be invited to play a set for BBC’s world-renowned Essential Mix, and many great electronic music acts go through their entire careers without ever playing even a single one. Although some older and more experienced DJs have appeared on the program multiple times particularly in the late 90s/early 00s (read: Sasha appearing 28 times or Oakenfold appearing on 36 mixes), to take control of the Essential Mix decks on multiple occasions a DJ needs to be the crème de la crème, especiallyin this day and age of electronic music.
Maya Jane Coles has been producing music since 2008 and played her first Essential Mix at the age of 23 on July 9, 2011. After achieving critical acclaim with her infectious 2010 hit, “What They Say”, she gained international attention and quickly flew to the top ranks of world-class electronic music producers.
She is a highly talented individual with a hyperfocus on the deep and tech house scene and her second Essential Mix less than two years after her debut is undeniable proof that she is here to stay. The mix kicks off on a slower note but by the hour mark you’ll probably be jumping out of your chair if you’re like me. After another full hour of refined deep and dark house tunes, by the end of the mix you’ll be praying for her to play on. More MJC here.
01. The Poet - Rain On April (Yves Le Groove Mix) [OT RECORDS]
02. Joe Stawarz - Suite B [SOMA QUALITY RECORDINGS]
03. [a]pendics.shuffle - Heavy Burdens High feat. Blakkat (Safeword Remix) [ADJUNCT AUDIO]
04. Deep Guys - Roomba (Oceanic Mix) [OT RECORDS]
05. Francesco Rossi - Paper Aeroplane feat. JS & A [D:VISION]
06. Linus Quick - There Shall Be Light (Mike Maass Remix) [WAYWARD MUSIC]
07. [unknown] - Unknown
08. Anonym - I Can’t [VAKANT]
09. Jordan Lieb - Dreams From The Ghetto [SUPERFREQ]
10. P. Wiltshire - Closer [HYPERCOLOUR]
11. Nick Galemore - Pt. 1 [KINDISCH]
12. Maya Jane Coles - Everything feat. Karin Park [I/AM/ME]
13. Rodriguez Jr. - Satellite [MOBILEE]
14. Nana K. - Old’s Cool [RECOVERY TECH]
15. Weltenwandler - Departure [ELECTROPHIL RECORDS]
16. Mad_Us - Hypnoze (Luca Bear Remix) [ARMONIA]
17. Riva Starr & Rssll - Absence (Adam Port Remix) [SNATCH! RECORDS]
18. Marbert Rocel - Small Hours (Daniel Stefanik Remix) [COMPOST]
19. Juliano Silva - 1000 Miles [EON5]
20. LPZ - Council Fonk
21. Deetron - Out Of My Head feat. Ovasoul7 (KiNK Vocal Mix) [MUSIC MAN RECORDS]
22. Alex Piccini & Marka T - Suite Yourself [AMAZING RECORDS]
23. Gianni Amoroso - No Matter How Far [MORNING MOOD RECORDS]
24. Sivesgaard - In The Night (Blond:ish Remix) [EKLEKTISCH]
25. Frederick Alonso - 96 (Tech Mix) [STAB RECORDINGS]
26. Paul Mad - Undes (Alex Piccini remix) [DEEP BEEP RECORDS]
27. Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
28. Knox - Fault [LAST NIGHT ON EARTH]
DJ Snake - Bird Machine
As promised before, one more banger by DJ Snake. This trap-tastic jam is sure to get any hip-hop fan fiending for that bass to drop with the catchy bird whistle. Bump this one loud.
Caribou - Odessa
just a little bit of melancholic electronic for my [your] overcast day
Dan Snaith, aka Caribou makes some absolutely beautiful, dark and danceable electronica as evident by his 2010 album Swim, with the powerful dancefloor destructor “Odessa.” The lyrics describe a failed relationship and while the whole tone of the song is very moody, it is oh-so-dancefloor ready. Check out how this song was pieced together on Attack Magazine.
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo - Teardrop on the Fire [download]
Hailing from Birmingham, Hannah Wants is one of the multitude of rising electronic music talents from the UK today. I only discovered her music a few days ago, when listening to catz n dogz essential mix (which I highly recommend by the way…) and now I am stoked to have found her unique and irresistible beats. When I heard the “Teardrop on the Fire” vocal sample on the Essential Mix at around [50.05] followed up by some banging deep house with an even smoother passage into a slower, grooving rhythm, I had to pause and find the tracklist STAT and look into what artist made me get out of my chair and dance unrestrainedly with headphones on. Don’t forget to download the track for free in [320 kbps] above from the artist herself…More to come on Hannah Wants, keep an eye out for her!
James Blake - Live at Coachella 4/14/2013
A very decent and pretty high quality recording of UK’s legendary James Blake throwing it down at Coachella last weekend. I wasn’t able to make it there this year, so this is the next best thing for me, and his set is absolutely beautiful. This is now convincing me to find a way to buy tickets to one of his sold out shows in SF at Mezzanine coming up. Thanks to Evil Concussion on Soundcloud for posting his recording of the set.
☆ ☆ ☆ T R A C K L I S T I N G ☆ ☆ ☆
01.) James Blake - Air & Lack Thereof
02.) James Blake - I Never Learnt To Share
03.) James Blake - Overgrown
04.) James Blake - Limit To Your Love
05.) James Blake - CMYK
06.) James Blake - Voyeur
07.) James Blake - Digital Lion
08.) James Blake - To The Last
09.) James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
10.) James Blake - Retrograde
Disclosure - What’s In Your Head (Mak & Pasteman Remix)
The Nottingham based UK duo Mak & Pasteman take Disclosure’s silky smooth and groovy track “What’s In Your Head” and turn it into a club banger with the 808 bass treatment. Their deep and heavy basslines on this remix are very reminiscent of the Dirtybird or Night Slugs sound to me, and I think you’ll enjoy this one quite a bit if you’re a fan of that arena of electronica.
James Blake - Take a Fall For Me (feat. RZA)
This is the third track off James Blake’s latest album, Overgrown. I’ll do an album review later. “Take a Fall For Me” is melancholic and moody, and Blake’s high pitched manipulated vocals with RZA’s lyricism are beautifully mixed with hypnotic piano tones and deep bass lines. I haven’t given the entire album a thorough listen yet, but I’ve had this track on repeat about three times now and am definitely impressed so far.
Kerri Chandler - Oblivion
house music is all about love
First heard this ultra-deep, smooth and hypnotic track on Dusky’s Essential Mix last year. I was immediately put into that late night, deep house trance that commands your entire body to move. The bass lines on “Oblivion” are so low that you need serious headphones or good speakers to even hear them, and the spoken vocals are absolutely mesmerizing. A must-have tune for all serious fans of the deep house scene.
Ali Love - Emperor (Maceo Plex Last Disco Rework)
This track made the rounds over at Miami Music Week, and Maceo Plex’s disco rework is a killer jam to be vibing out to in the hot Miami sun. Crosstown Rebels always bring the fire.
DJ Snake - Together [free download in 320!]
I never thought I’d be listening to hardstyle in a non-ironic fashion in 2013, until I heard this mind blowing jam “Together” that my good friend Noel shared with me today. “Together” pays homage to the good ol’ days of that uplifting, “we-are-pirates” sort of rising synth combined with that sharp kick drum, resulting in a whole bunch of people from the Netherlands and Melbourne battling it out on the floor to see who has the superior shuffle.
According to his Soundcloud, DJ Snake is “Born & Raised in Motherfuckin’ Paris,” and I absolutely love that he reps his Parisian roots hard. This track is absolutely flooring to me. Hardstyle meets trap in a manner that is très fantastique. I have to admit, trap generally does not scratch the right itch for me, but this track is absolutely on point for everything that I do enjoy about the genre.
The first drop is masterful, with the requisite repeating “bounce” vocal / lasers and a bassline that would light up any dancefloor. The song once again tilts its head in the direction of that classic hardstyle sound and build, but the second drop is pretty unexpected and absolutely godly. The heady arabian sounding bass along with the repeated “work” vocal is guaranteed to get people slithering.
The best part? He’s giving the track away for free via his Soundcloud in 320kbps quality. Class act. Throw this track on repeat, because if you’re like me you were probably wishing that “Together” had another few minutes on it. Werk.
Kingdom - Bank Head (feat. Kelela)
Just listened to Kingdom’s first track off his forthcoming album, Vertical XL which drops on May 28th and I’m quite excited for its release. “Bank Head” has Kingdom’s signature cascading bass waterfalls, combined with claps and a warm synth to produce a very warm, summer-ready beat. You can hear the influence of his time with Night Slugs on this track with the echoing vocals that are reminiscent of Girl Unit’s dancefloor dominator “Wut.” Enjoy the smooth bass.
The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
I’ve been on quite the disco kick lately, and this late-2010 remix of The Chemical Brothers epic track “Swoon” has me on a psychedelic disco adventure. The Norwegian Lindstrom and Prins Thomas take this heady track on a ride on the Scandinavian space-age-disco train, a la Todd Terje, with synths that are pretty much out of this world. I would love to hear this jam with my feet in the sand somewhere. Can’t wait for summer.
Azari & III - Hungry for the Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix)
Woke up this morning remembering the Hot Creations showcase in Barcelona last year with Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed. I clearly remember going absolutely bonkers when Jamie Jones dropped this track, taking this original tune on a walk on the darker and deeper side of the spectrum. Not a new tune or anything but definitely on my list of favorites. Stay deep.
Roman Flügel - Thank You Jack
Been groovin’ all morning to this super heady track by Frankfurt based German DJ Roman Flügel, off his Cookie Dust EP. This song is absolutely beautiful. A swirl of ambient melodies converge upon a g-funk inspired, glitchy trip-hop beat. The intro reminds me a bit of the ambiance of Sasha’s Airdrawndagger album, and when beat drops I am elevated to a state of bliss. This track is masterfully crafted, and I highly recommend you check out his stellar EP.
Andre Crom - Hypnotizing (Homework NYC ‘82 Mix)
Amsterdam’s up and coming duo, Homework takes this track by Andre Crom back to NYC 90s house with warm vibes and classic samples. [4:04] is probably my favorite build, and when the beat comes back in I’m put into a hypnotic trance where my feet and head move with no direction from my brain. On repeat. Warm and fuzzy.