So then, it comes as no suprise to see yet another event failure during the Eid period, the heavily promoted Gangnam style PSY tribute failed to materalise for one reason or another, I mean come on, it’s not like it was even the real one! Meaning Bahrain’s events scene hitting a new low and barring a couple of invite-only affairs, there was pretty much nothing on offer for our social scene. Truly a sad state of affairs.
One piece of good news though is the launch of the newly founded Bahrain Music Conference taking place at the end of October in Adliya’s 338 district, that will showcase many of the fantastic acts Bahrain itself has to offer. More info regarding this, I’m sure will feature in next month’s edition (it most certainly will).
Anyway, music time. An album I meant to feature in last month’s column, but didn’t reach me in time is the new offering by White Lies with their third album ‘Big TV’. Making a bit of a change to the death-related themes of their past two albums, this is a more melodic affair, although still in keeping with the definitive White Lies sound, the recurring theme this time around follows a story of a couple leaving village life for the big city with the lyrics exploring the ideas of equality in that relationship. Pretty deep stuff as usual, but incredibly well executed. Stand out tracks for me are ‘Getting Even’, ‘Big TV’ and ‘Goldmine’. Expect this to sit in the higher reaches of the UK charts as you read this. Availble from Amazon, 7digital and iTunes.
Another band worthy of a mention this month are The Rebel Beats who I had the pleasure of seeing last month in Birmingham, supporting one of my favourite bands at present New Killer Shoes. Certainly refreshing to see a new band tackle and bring up to date the rockabilly sound. They’re finally getting round to releasing their first EP ‘Turned Bad’ this month, featuring five tracks of incredible passion and power. Not a bad track among them, title track ‘Turned Bad’ is a radio-friendly anthem in waiting with its catchy guitar riff and jolly lyrics, ‘Love Tycoon’ takes you back to the days of The Stray Cats with its gritty vocals and my favourite, ‘Wanted Man’, takes you right back to the sixties with its laid back Bluesy vibe. Essential and available on iTunes for a mere BD2.
Lots of great house music releases about at the moment and tracks you will have heard on heavy rotation in my sets this month include new releases from Paul Sherriff with his ‘Preach It’ track, an uplifting bouncy organ with its spoken break, out now on MuSol. Kerri Louis with ‘I Feel’ a seriously deep groover with an infectious melody and sultry lyrics out on Rezonation. There’s a new release from Cupcakes with a disco sampling Captin Obvious track and a great release from Joeski called ‘Natty Dread’ which has been going down a storm poolside all month! Finally my biggest track this month is by the lovely Lizzie Curious with her new release on Robbie Rivera’s label entitled ‘Surrender’.