Mysteryland Artist Spotlight: Maya Jane Coles

May 11, 2015 -

Milli Encarnacion

She's been steadily burning her star bright ever since she turned heads with her 2010 EP, What They Say. Within the last five years, Maya Jane Coles has won a WMC Award (2012), released a debut album (Comfort, 2013), recorded two BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixes, and won numerous awards and recognitions from publications that include Rolling Stone and Mixmag. It's easy to understand why: her compositions are as complex as her grooves are acidic, an evident aspect in "Burning Bright (feat. Kim Ann Foxman)". Resident Advisor praises Coles' ability to maneuver such fine lines in their review of Comfort: "Coles has a way of making her tracks sound massive and intimate at the same time, using reverb in a way that evokes both the expanse of an arena and the introspection of a bedroom." Indeed, her tracks often feature familiar-sounding four-on-the-floor beats that converge with minimal, all of which allow an intoxicating melody or lulling vocals to slide right through. (And let's not forget that some of those vocals are hers.) Give her "10 to Know" playlist on Soundcloud a listen, and you'll soon understand why she's a resident DJ of Williamsburg's techno hub, Verboten.

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Coles is a staple when it comes to New York nightlife. Her Verboten performances continue to fill the club to capacity, as with her most recent show earlier this month. She's a gem to say the least, and while we're proud to have her at home between these three video walls, we're eager to experience her sounds within the lush landscapes of Mysteryland.

Catch her on Saturday at the Subversions stage, presented by fellow Verboten resident, Matthew Dear.


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