Live Music: Maya Jane Coles & Tensnake at The Hoxton, Toronto
On Friday, we returned to the Hoxton, less than 24 hours after Disclosure’s great live set. This time, we were psyched to catch Maya Jane Coles and Tensnake. It’s pretty rare to get 2 top-notch deep house djs on the same lineup in Toronto, but the promoters seem to be responding to the genre taking flight again amongst clubgoers – which is great news for us!
We arrived just as Tensnake was getting going on and the German DJ showed us why he was selected for a BBC Essential Mix earlier this year. He kept the crowd moving with a nice range of deeper, disco-oriented deep house and the crowd was loving it, cheering loudest when he dropped Him Self Her’s ‘Gone too long’, one of our favourite tracks from 2012! While their styles are fairly different, Tensnake really got the crowd ready for the headliner, London’s Maya Jane Coles.
Like many others, we couldn’t get into the club the last time Maya played in Toronto on a long-weekend in the fall of 2012. So the anticipation was high for this set – and Maya delivered. She just oozes cool, even if it’s in a subdued sense and is focused and collected when mixing. She played the kind of new tracks that had basslines you could feel behind your knees and in your chest. Our only quibble was that for the majority of her set, many in the crowd weren’t entirely focused on the danceable music. We weren’t sure who was there for the buzz that Maya Jane Coles creates and who was actually there for the music.
The transient nature of the crowd made it feel like people always had someplace to be. Despite the minor annoyance, the music Maya played was great and showed why she’s been booked into a late slot in the new Yuma dance tent at Coachella later this weekend. We can’t wait for either of these talents to return to a club near us! Check out our favourite track from Maya Jane Coles’ most recent EP, ‘Easier to Hide’ below.