Entertainment Weekly on The Maya Spectra / by candelaria alvarado

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The Maya Spectra brings jazzy trip-hop back with 'Music Box' -- exclusive

BY MILES RAYMER

Brothers Donald and Julian Peña were going to school for jazz before they met up with Janel Blanco and formed The Maya Spectra and took a deep dive into electronics-based pop. The result of their collision is a contemporary update on the smoothly chill, jazz-infused brand of trip-hop that dominated the genre during the late ’90s and ended up becoming one of the era’s defining sounds. Their new single “Music Box” sets Blanco’s cabaret vocals against a backdrop of paranoid funk decorated with flourishes of modern EDM and a wailing, fuzzed-out guitar solo worthy of Prince.