NOCTURNAL SUNSHINE – NOCTURNAL SUNSHINE
Electronic // soundcloud.com/nocturnalsunshinemusic
MAYA JANE COLES IS NOTHING SHORT OF PRODIGIOUS, with dozens of releases and remixes, as well as a well received album to her name. She’s also inadvertantly entered a new phase of popularity after Nicky Minaj sampled ‘ What They Say’ on new single ‘ Truffle Butter,’ opening her up to a totally new audience.
Maybe as a way of cleansing her musical soul ( Google Truffle Butter, we dare you!), she’s concentrated on her Nocturnal Sunshine alter ego recently, which deals exclusively in darker, dubbier music. Spanning dubstep, house and garage, Nocturnal Sunshine isn’t an album solely designed for the dancefloor – its 12 tracks are seeped in sepia, a head nodding album of after party vibes. There are pockets of sunshine amidst the swampy vibes, with the helium vocals of ‘ Take Me There’ dovetailing nicely with the shuffling deep house of ‘ It’s Alright,’ while ‘ Can’t Hide The Way I Feel’ is a garage- influenced house joint you could imagine Four Tet ( or Jamie xx) dropping.
But generally the album is downtempo and introspective, with the dubstep womp of ‘ Footsteps’ and ‘ Bass Bin’ her tributes to the original Croydon sound.