It’s not often that Maya Jane Coles, Joris Voorn and Paul Woolford join company on a Sunday evening - in fact, this might be the first time - but that is exactly what they’ll be doing on Easter Sunday, as Canal Mills seeks to conjure up a religious experience to match the occasion.
Each a prolific producer in their own right, the three producers have long been active makers of house music, with a multitude of aliases between them. One of Leeds’ own, Paul Woolford took inspiration from cult club night Back To Basics and developed an acid and electro orientated sound that has evolved across successful projects under his own name and pirate radio tribute moniker Special Request. Spreading his influence, Woolford adopted a mentor-like status for other big names rising from Leeds dancefloors, before trading Call Lane for Ibiza in 2008, where he held a residency at We Love Space. Returning to Leeds, he’ll serve up a sample of the tunes he has unearthed through decades of digging.
Maya Jane Coles’ musical endeavors have taken her all over the world, with her en vogue brand of warm tech house proving popular across the globe. Accompanying well received mixes for BBC Essential Mix and K7’s DJ Kicks with releases for Hypercolour, 20:20 Vision, Dogmatik Records and Heidi’s Jackathon, Maya has been a prominent figure in the world’s increasing embrace of vocal tech house, much like another of the night’s headliners, Joris Voorn. Both advocates of deep, filtered house, the pair appeared in RA’s Top 100 DJs list, with Coles coming in at 75 and Voorn an even more impressive 31. Both have proved popular with audiences wherever they’ve gone, and that’s unlikely to change as they take to the stage at Canal Mills.
Completing the bill in room 1, local lad Denney will play out on the back of what has been a breakthrough year, following on from Mills resident Grainger. Room 2 will be hosted by Love Not Money Records, with label boss Luke Pompey bringing along Kreature, Jhonsson, Acid Skys, Rick Hirst and Campo to join in with the seasonal festivities.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Soundchannel