Room for one more Princess in the electro-pop palace? Yeah why not! Maya Jane Coles seems to be bringing something worthy of our attention to the table with her debut solo album 'Comfort'. Her credentials as both a DJ and producer underpin a collection of twelve tracks whose spirit wobbles along a continuum in which we catch glimpses of trip-hop, dub and stripped-down techno. She had recruited some incongrouous vocal collaborators to the project who add variety and interest to the mix. Ms Coles own voice is pleasant but insubstantial; a soft, breathy instrument which is nonetheless ideally suited to the job despite it's obvious limitations.
'Easier To Hide' is a splendid little groove, rattling along on a low-hung bass line (just a little bit dirty in the nicest possible way); Tricky joins the party on 'Wait For You', a ghostly presence muttering away in the heart of a dark machine; Nadine Shah, channeling Grace Jones, turns in a fruity performance on 'Blame', which, with its shuffling beats and jangly guitar might sound perfectly at home in a David Lynch movie and on the bouncy 'Take A Ride' Miss Kitten does what Miss Kitten is wont to do with her usual libidinous panache.
Along with Emika's new album 'DVA' one of the best outings in the genre this year.
What a purchase! So pleased I bought this. I might just have to start frequenting dance floors in anticipation of any one of several of these tracks being unleashed; I can only imagine the effects. The slower tracks don't disappoint. Deep - and original - throughout: no mean feat. Thank you Maya Jane Coles.
I'm very particular about electronic music, but this is an absolute masterpiece. The production is impressive; not "Bonobo - The North Borders" impressive but impressive. I think Maya Jane Coles' vocals are overshadowed by the guest appearances on the album as her voice is more than capable of holding it's own. I'd find it hard to sub-categorise this album into something more particular than electronic, but "genreless" albums are often the best. Play front to back without touching the mouse/keyboard/hi-fi/remote control.