Coral Bay spinner Dave Hayes on Bahrain's best new music
Time Out Bahrain staff
My new residency dj’ing out by the pool at Coral bay has obviously done me the world of good, as unusually I have absolutely nothing to moan about this month! It’s been a great month with our full-to-capacity Hed Kandi, Shifting Gears and Fashion TV F1 parties, which resulted in Coral Bay being nominated alongside other worldwide venues at the 2013 Nightlife Awards to be announced during Cannes Film Festival, no less! Obviously I take 100 per cent of the credit for that! Ahem...
As usual it’s been a great month for music discovery with another two fantastic albums grabbing my attention and splitting my coveted ‘Album of the Month’ crown! It’s a bit of a Midlands coup this month, first up we have...
New Killer Shoes - I Ain’t Even Lyin’ (Gospel Oak)
This four-piece band from Redditch certainly tick all my boxes when it comes to fast-paced and energetic music. Blending elements of rock & roll with ska, punk, reggae and metal, this is certainly a very confident debut album. The 15 gems on offer here take you on a journey into the past. Meaning, you can’t pin this band down to one sound. Every track evokes a memory of previous musical genius! Album opener ‘Pretty reckless’ (the Buzzcocks), ‘Leave Me Alone’ (The Editors), ‘Circles’ (The Kooks), ‘I Know You Want It’ (the Sex Pistols), ‘Snakecharmer’ (The Specials) ‘Domestic’, ‘Popcorn’ (Hard-Fi) and so on. Usually I would say 15 tracks is too long for a perfect album, but there’s not a filler track among them. Seeing this band live is certainly near the top of my list for this year.
The second album that got me a bit excited this month is another debut, this time hailing from Leicester.
By the Rivers - By the Rivers (Kompyla Records)
These six young lads have been taking the live circuit by storm since their inception back in 2010, bagging support slots with Maxi Priest, The Buzzcocks, Fun Loving Criminals and a 15-date tour with the Specials.This is British reggae at its finest, well-crafted lyrics, a blazing brass section and laid-back melodies. Standout tracks include ‘Take Control’ which caused a little buzz during my stint in JJ’s with many people asking the name of the band! Rise Up and Don’t Say You Love Me also stand out hough they save their finest moment ‘Rocksteady’ till last.
A perfect soundtrack to Summer 2013! Check it out!
You can purchase both these albums via the links below and hopefully you will agree these are essential little purchases that you otherwise would not come across. As you know, this column is not about me reviewing ‘mainstream’ albums as there are plenty of places you can find those!
Talking of which, there is a slight lack of dance music reviews this month, partly due to the above and of course the only dance album on everybody’s lips at the moment is Random Access Memories by Daft Punk.