On top of winning numerous awards, 29-year-old British-Japanese DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles has amassed millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and can boast a staggering 3.2 million Soundcloud followers! 2017 sees Maya release her most substantial body of work to date; her sophomore album ‘Take Flight’ on her own label, I/AM/ME, that we are extatic to be collaborating with for this, her second album.
Much more than just a DJ Maya Jane Coles is a producer, engineer and label boss. Maya is an independent artist in complete control of her own music, from writing, producing and arranging to even creating her own artwork - something of a rarity in today’s culture of co-producers, ghostwriters and engineers.
After her debut album, ‘Comfort’, appeared on I/AM/ME; an eponymous bass music driven album under her “Nocturnal Sunshine” alias soon followed, both to much critical acclaim. Now, on the cusp of her eagerly awaited return to the LP, ‘Take Flight’, Maya offers ‘Won’t Let You Down’ EP; an exciting taster of just how strong her next full-length is set to be.
Swedish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alexander Sjödin doesn’t fit most of the archetypes associated with electronic music. Recording under the name Sailor & I he mines a territory that brings to mind the melancholic, ambitious and richly orchestrated songwriting of Sigur Ros or Bon Iver, as much as the deep Balearic techno class of DJ-producers such as Solomun and Dixon. And yet it’s all done in such a way that you’re liable to hear his music crop up in the sets of unashamed populists like Pete Tong and Eric Prydz. He is that rare creature, a serious, boundary-pushing producer who has the common touch.
With the support he’s gained and his billings at renown events such as Afterlife (Ibiza), Womb (Tokyo) and shows across the world; Alexander Sjoden now readies his debut album on Skint/BMG with support already from Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart, Pete Tong, Mixmag and tastemakers far & wide.Read More
‘To Reinvision’ is a collective interpretation of the duo’s catalogue to date and runs the gamut from Nick Cave’s balladry to Trentmoller’s drum and base tinted electronica.
TOYDRUM: "For ‘To Reinvision’ we let a lot of friends, peers and people we love to work with explore our songs,” explains James Griffith, one half of Toydrum. “Steve Mason, for instance, took an instrumental and, with Tom Gray from Gomez, turned it into a full song,” adds Pablo Clements. “Others took snippets and made whole new tracks from them. We also invited label mates Joel Wells and Abi Wade to cover a song of their choice. It was a green light to do what they wanted.