Maya Jane Coles closed another successful month at the Warehouse Project curating a night of house and techno accompanied by fierce female talents Heidi, Magda and Kim Anne Foxman as well as the likes of Ten Walls and Dense & Pika.
Since Ten Walls blew up in 2013 with the release of his ‘Gotham’ EP there was some degree of mystery behind the acclaimed new producer. Now the face behind those Ten Walls has been unveiled and Innervisions’ Mario Basanov has been received with the utmost respect. Yet, as with many other producers, Ten Walls has pursued the next step in dance music and adapted his productions into a live show. Others’ attempts to take part in this playground craze have been futile, losing many of the fundamental qualities that are expected in dance music. Fortunately, Basanov has eluded this common trap, providing to the Store Street community a studio quality live performance reassuring crowds that this Lithuanian isn’t just another guy who purchased a MacBook, pair of KRK’s and some turntables a year or so ago.
Stateside house is far too rare in the UK and Kim Ann Foxman is an irresistible sample of this absence. The producer is well established in Chicago and NYC and hopped the pond packing an abundance of the cities’ after dark soundtracks. Having just set up her own label (Firehouse) Foxman took the opportunity to exhibit to the Brits their debut release ‘Firehouse 001’. Her productions had us salivating as we were exposed to the iconic American drum loops, acidic bass and NY stomp. Foxman entwines her music with subtle vocal samples of her own voice that make dance floors ubiquitously dance.
Curator, Maya Jane Coles filled a heaving room one with those who had come to experience an undoubtedly eclectic showcase of house and techno. Judging by the release of her Fabric.75 compilation we were not to be disappointed. She epitomises the requirements of the Store Street headliner, presenting a humble set of underground records that have been both lost and found. Maya then presents to us her ‘From the Dark’ EP that dropped this month consisting of three tracks beautifully produced in her archetypal style. ‘I Would Fly’ has some of the best sampling work we’ve heard this year, the horn and vocals provoking abundant smiles, a theme consistent of the set.
Dense and Pika have been a driving force in the development of the Tech-House genre. It is so versatile in its ability to be spontaneous and deviate between the two genres and consequently, Dense and Pika are exceptionally refreshing. The double act take the stage baring boyish grins upon their faces and start to experiment, uniting the 2013 anthem ‘Colt’ with a particularly sexy vocal overlay. Dense and Pika continued to double drop The Junkies’ ‘Get Down’ and Egbert’s ‘Straktrekken’ receiving a phenomenal response from the crowd granted sixteen ominous bars to hear solitary bass lines escort their calls of delight. The evening was consistent in its delivery of Maya’s promised goods. Unfaultable and ever-growing with public appreciation its unquestionable that Maya Jane Coles is one of the most unparalleled selectors in the scene today.
Words : Charlie Fyfe