In Case You Missed It: Maya Jane Coles Remixes Ella Fitzgerald on “Blue Skies”

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For those of you who don’t get down with Deep House, chances are you haven’t heard of the UK-based producer/DJ Maya Jane Coles. The 20-something, of Japanese and British decent, has been doing her thing for years and this past May had the honor of recording a set for BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix for the second time. During her Essential Mix, Maya Jane Coles debuted her remix of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies”. This song, originally written by Irving Berlin in 1926, has a long history that puts Ella Fitzgerald’s version right in the middle, released in 1958. Fitzgerald was a well-known jazz vocalist who was known for her scat singing, but Maya Jane Coles certainly puts her mark on “Blue Skies” with this deep 2013 take. I absolutely love the use of Fitzgerald’s vocals combined with the original 1950s jazz horn samples. Adding some House drums, at a relatively slow 120 bpm, and an eerie bass line really ties this all together. Maya Jane, via Facebook, announced that she was finally able to put this on her SoundCloud today, though it dropped on Beatport last month. The track is part of a compilation album called Verve Remixed: The First Ladies and features remix work of some classic female vocalists by some of today’s hottest dance music producers. I think all music fans will appreciate this “Blue Skies” remix and if you do, make sure you show Maya some love!

Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix) | Purchase at Beatport

Tracklist after the jump

Maya’s second Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1: originally broadcast 4th May 2013

Track Listing…

The Poet – “Rain On April” (Yves Le Groove Mix) [OT Records]
Joe Stawarz – “Suiteb” [Soma Quality Recordings]
[A]pendics Shuffle ft. Blakkat – “Heavy Burdens High” (Safeword Remix) 6.32 version [Adjunct Audio]
Deep Guys – “Roomba” (Oceanic Mix)
Francesco Rossi – “Paper Aeroplane” (Original Mix) 7.18 version [D:vision]
Linus Quick – “There shall be light” (Mike Mass Remix) [Wayward Music]
Black Dynamite – “Mother’s Love” [Fear Of Flying]
Anonym – “I Can’t” [Vakant]
Jordan Lieb – “Dreams From The Ghetto” [Superfreq]
J. Wiltshire – Closer [Hypercolour]
Nick Galemore – “Pt. I” [Kindisch]
Maya Jane Coles – “Everything” ft. Karin Park (I/AM/ME)
Rodriguez Jr. – “Satellite” [Mobilee]
Nana K. – “Old’s Cool” [Red Eleven Recordings]
Weltenwandler – “Departure” [Electrophil Records]
Mad Us – “Hypnoze” (Luca Bear Remix) [Armonia]
Riva Starr & Rssll – “Absence” (Adam Port Remix) [Snatch! Records]
Marbert Rocel – “Small Hours” (Daniel Stefanik Remix) [Black Label 88]
Paul Ritch – Asteroid (Original Mix) [Quartz Rec]
Juliano Silva – 1000 Miles (Original Mix) [EON5]
LPZ – Council Fonk
Deetron – “Out Of My Head” ft. Ovasoul7 (KiNK Vocal Mix) [Music Man Records]
Alex Piccini & Marka – “Suite Yourself” (Original Mix) [Amazing Records]
Gianni Amoroso – No Matter How Far” (Original Mix) [Morning Mood Records]
Sivesgaard – “In The Night” (BLOND:ISH Remix) [Eklektisch]
Frederick Alonso – “96” (Tech mix) [Stab Recordings]
Paul Mad – “Undes” (Alex Piccini remix) [Deep Beep Records]
Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Skies” (Maya Jane Coles Remix) [Verve]
Knox – “Fault” [Last Night On Earth]