Nocturnal Sunshine: Nocturnal Sunshine review – fruitful creative wanderings


Now feels like an odd time for producer Maya Jane Coles to switch back to her Nocturnal Sunshine moniker, given that Nicki Minaj has just had a hit with a song heavily sampling Coles’ 2010 classic, What They Say. But there’s always been a restlessness about Coles, with the bubbling house of that debut single the flipside to Nocturnal Sunshine’s atmospheric dubstep. From the scratchy beats and murmured vocals of Intro, to the melancholic two-step of the closing Hotel, it’s an album to soundtrack the grey folds of early morning. Close and almost suffocating at times, it’s peppered with pockets of air, most notably on the lilting It’s Alright and skewed dancefloor-filler Skipper. Coles’ creative meandering once again pays dividends.


Michael Cragg

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