In celebration of their 8th year in Southampton, Junk have invited Maya Jane Coles along to play at their birthday party. Maya played at Junk for the first time back in 2011, it’s fitting that she — having risen so much in stature over the last couple of years — is now returning to celebrate the continued and accelerating success of Junk. In 2011 DJ Mag nominated Junk in their Best of British award series under the Best Small Club category. They also nominated Maya Jane Coles for Best Producer which she went on to win. The following year her DJ-KiCKS mixtape won Best Compilation in DJ Mag’s polls and she herself was voted into the top ten by Resident Advisor’s readers in their Top 100 DJs of 2012 poll. As far as 2013 goes, Maya has already performed in in clubs and at festivals across North America, Australia, and Europe and has dates confirmed for most of the UK’s major summer music festivals. The prospect of such a highly acclaimed international artist returning to Junk is an exciting one indeed!
Maya Jane Coles has been releasing music since 2008, starting on Dogmatik Records then adding to Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision‘s catalogues (as well as others) a couple of years down the line. Last year she released an EP on her own newly formed I/AM/ME imprint. It is on this imprint that she will be releasing her debut album ‘Comfort’ in early July. ‘Comfort’ was produced, mixed, engineered and performed by Coles herself, with additional guest vocal performances from the likes of Thomas Knights, who also directed the video for her lead single ‘Everything’ (featuring Karin Park):
Earlier this month Maya was invited to put together her second BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. It was broadcast on the 4th of May and contains a fantastic selection of well put-together music (including her lead single from the album), and should give you some idea of what to expect from her set at Junk. Have a listen below:
Finally, here’s another production from Maya Jane Coles but under a different alias, Nocturnal Sunshine: