Back with vengeance after a landmark first year, We Are FSTVL returns as a two-day event to Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Upminster on August 25-26 with a jam-packed line-up of essential dance talents from across the globe. Whilst Saturday’s line-up is dominated by Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Chuckie and Cazzette, it is the likes of Fatboy Slim, Solomun and Duke Dumont that keep the momentum ticking for Sunday’s mainstage action. Stage hosting duties come from Defected In The House, Paradise, Cocoon, Circo Loco and RAM alike, making the seemingly impossible culmination of Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Camo & Krooked, Nina Kraviz, Andy C and Kryder a surefire landmark on the British festival circuit. Given last year’s triumphant sell-out stature, this bank holiday weekend extravaganza provides an early and eclectic reason to look forward to warmer times and an impressive summer soundtrack. Grab early bird tickets now and hit more to see the full line-up in all its glory.
With a plethora of remixes and a full length LP added to her already illustrious résumé in 2013, Maya Jane Coles has added another world class production to her stellar year. Much like she did on Tiga and Audion’s “Let’s Go Dancing,” Rudimental’s “Free,” and Alex Jones and My Favorite Robot’s “Wholegrain,” Maya Jane Coles lends her deep house touch to Bonobo’s “First Fires.” Placing a snare heavy groove under Grey Reverend’s vocals, the remix never loses steam and is another masterful production from one of dance music’s most unique talents.
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It’s no secret: anything Maya Jane Coles touches turns into pure deep house bliss. Her latest work is an absorbing take on Rudimental’s recent single “Free,” which features vocals from the lovely Emeli Sandé. In typical MJC fashion, her kick and bass are mixed to a tee, while her percussion is both unique and evolving throughout. Maya makes brilliant work of Sandé’s vocals, looping, chopping, and inserting them at just the right moments. There’s an unparalleled clarity to Maya’s work; it breathes like no other. Her remix of Rudimental’s “Free” will be released on November 18th on the official remix EP.Posted by
For the latest in her impressive arsenal of remixes, Maya Jane Coles this time lends her studio hand to a remix for Hypercolour label head Alex Jones’s collaboration with My Favorite Robot “Wholegrain.” The single is part of Jones’s latest EP due out on September 30th and in usual MJC style, the 2:45 preview boasts a deepened and sexed up take on the original. The amalgamation of these four talented brains has given us a remix and originals that should sit nicely in any house music lover’s collection.Posted by
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Here’s a taste — if you like what you hear, click past the break for the rest of this week’s SMM.
1. Whether it’s 10pm or 10am, you can never go wrong with Close’s “Beam Me Up.” With help from vocalist Charlene Soraia and Hotflush label boss Scuba, Saul and friends crafted one of the sexiest dance tracks of 2013.
With the rest of the country still nursing Independence Day hangovers, dance fans from all corners of the country flocked to Chicago’s Montrose Beach for the second year of Wavefront Music Festival. There are more stages, there’s a giant inflatable water slide and ferris wheel, and although there isn’t quite any direct access to the water from the festival, exploring the sights and sounds of a beach-front festival is an experience unlike many others right now in the crowded US festival market. The weather cooperated (holding at a very pleasant 80 degrees with a breeze and sun), and the crowds were thinner than what we’re expecting in the second two days. Click past the break for our highlights from day one of the festival.
Montreal-bred and London-based Anstascia and Vivie-Ann — who we’ve come to know professionally as the Blond:ish girls — offer up their remix abilities to Maya Jane Cole’s “Everything.” If you’ve listened to their past works, you know how much they love using those passionately crafted bass lines; in this case transforming a soulful deep house gem into a meticulously programmed progressive cut. Blond:ish are joined by Breach, Last Magpie, and Knox on the remix package.
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Although it is only about a week from the release of Maya Jane Coles’s debut LP release, Pitchfork is generously streaming Comfort in full for those hoping to get a sneak preview of the twelve new originals to expect from MJC. The first single “Everything” has already been making its way around the radio waves and blogosphere for months, and remixes from Breach, Blond:ish, Knox, and Last Magpie are springing up on Soundcloud as well. You may also recognize “Easier to Hide” from her EP of the same name from the end of 2012. The album is set for release July 2nd on her brand new I/AM/ME Recordings.
As the release of Maya Jane Coles’s Comfort LP approaches, the remixes begin to trickle out. Yesterday, Breach (responsible for the spring’s underground smash “Jack” off Dirtybird Records), released a stream of his remix for the first single and second track off the album “Everything.” But Breach didn’t just layer on some of his own jacking house flavor — he reoriented the track to the point of almost complete change. If he’s even using Karin Park’s vocals, they’re totally pitched down, and the rhythm and bass lines have also been totally reworked. There’s not even a hint of Maya’s groove in Breach’s remix.Posted by