house/ elec­tron­ica Com­fort Maya Jane Coles I/AM/ME/Kobalt ★★★★✩

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Tim McNa­mara

THE name will draw blank looks from many, but within un­der­ground house cir­cles there has been no hot­ter prop­erty dur­ing the past few years than Maya Jane Coles. The 25-year-old Bri­tishJa­panese Lon­doner is no Jenny-come-lately, but it’s since 2009, when her first house-based re­leases dropped on Lon­don im­prints Dog­matik and 1Trax, that she has hit her straps. A steady out­put of cred­i­ble deep house orig­i­nals and remixes on the la­bels that mat­ter have fol­lowed, lead­ing to ap­pear­ances at Coachella and Glas­ton­bury, two BBC Ra­dio 1 Es­sen­tial Mixes and mul­ti­ple awards, in­clud­ing a nod from Rolling

Stone as one of the 25 DJs ‘‘ who rule the earth’’. Her de­but al­bum is less club-driven than many of her EPs — oc­ca­sion­ally chan­nelling for­mer dub days and demon­strat­ing an in­trigu­ing pop tinge in parts — but what it may lack in tempo or dance­floor fare it makes up for with first-rate pro­duc­tion, ar­range­ment and mix­ing. Emo­tive lyrics are given ex­tra im­pact courtesy of vo­cal per­for­mances by Tricky, Her­cules & Love Af­fair’s Kim Ann Fox­man and Swede Karin Park, whose haunting per­for­mance on Ev­ery­thing, when com­bined with Coles’s dark, brood­ing beats, make it an ideal choice as the al­bum’s first sin­gle. The dubby When

I’m in Love has a hell of a hook in the form of Thomas Knight’s out­stand­ing vo­cal. Com­fort is a com­pelling, as­sured de­but, demon­strat­ing an im­pres­sive mu­si­cal ver­sa­til­ity of­ten too hard to show­case be­hind the decks.

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