Between the solar eclipse and the release of new Maya Jane Coles music, it's been a week of cosmic proportions. Take Flight is the London-based producer's second album on her label I/AM/ME, and her most substantial body of work since her debut album Comfort in 2013. The LP includes 24 tracks, with guest appearances by Chelou, Wendy Raw Fowler and Rachel Butt. But like all of Coles' work, the real star of the show remains the young producer herself, who singlehandedly writes, engineers, arranges, mixes and performs every track — she even designed the artwork.
Her rising brilliance is hardly a surprise to anyone who has followed her career over the years. Tracks "Cherry Bomb" and "Won't Let You Down" gained worldwide support and momentum, the latter even nabbing Pete Tong's coveted "Essential New Tune."
On Take Flight, Coles provides a stunning journey of immersive and emotive house music. While most artists would buckle under the weight of 24 tracks, Maya pulls off the feat with ease. Her maturity as an artist is clearly demonstrated via the strength and consistency of her sound here; Take Flight is perfectly weighted and carefully put together, brimming with sexy, spatial beats that transport the listener to another realm. Whether it's "Take Flight," "Weak" or "Go On and Make it Through," Coles proves again and again — 24 times, to be exact — that she is a visionary worthy of our time and attention.
Take Flight is a must-hear album for anyone looking to experience the future of electronic music. (I/AM/ME / Skint Records)