Coral Bay spinner shares his thoughts from behind the decks
Time Out Bahrain staff
Coral Bay spinner Dave Hayes on what’s hot.
October looks like being a fantastic month for great music, infact so many good albums landed in my inbox it was a very difficult task deciding which ones to feature. However, I took my time (thanks ed) and whittled it down to these three.
First up and probably my favourite this month is this Californian trio Radical Something with their second album ‘Ride It Out’. Having never heard of this band until this landed I was intrigued to hear this when the accompanying info described them as ‘blending hip-hop with rock!’ To be fair, they do this extremely well, resulting in 13 very well-written songs about relationships and summer days! Standout tracks are hard to pick, but if you want to have a quick listen, check out ‘Cheap Drink’, ‘Pure & Nothing Lasts Forever’. Available on iTunes for a mere $8.
Next up this month, perhaps a bit more mainstream than I usually cover, but essential nevertheless. This is something that I (or anybody else for that matter) would not have predicted with Pete Doherty’s recent shenanigans, but amazingly Babyshambles have managed to put out what could be the album of their career. ‘Sequel to the Prequel’ is bursting at the seams with trademark Doherty lyrics and sung with his usual ‘little boy lost off his face’ delivery. Just going to prove however life-destroying a generous helping of narcotics is to the usual guy, it only seems to enhance this guy’s creativity! Incredible album and certainly worth revisiting for anybody who had given up hope this band would produce anything anytime soon. Available everywhere.
Last pick for this issue is another new band London Grammer with their astonishingly good debut album ‘If You Wait’. Vocalist Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman met during their first year at Nottingham University, recruiting Dot Reid at a later date. The trio caused a bit of a storm when their ‘Hey Now’ track was posted on You Tube and received over 800,000 views. After releasing a low key EP, the anticipation has been building for this release over the past year and they certainly have not disappointed. Described as a blend of ambient, ethereal and classical sounds, this is far from my usual rock tastes, but it honestly blew me away. Certainly a must for fans of Florence Welch, Judie Tzuke or Enya. Available on iTunes and Amazon, take a chance, it really is essential listening!
As usual just time to let you in on a few house tracks that have been doing the business by the pool at Coral Bay this month! Green Velvet are back with a stormer of a track and when you wonder why everybody is updating their Facebook with the words ‘Walk around like I’m ‘Bigger than Prince’’ you can thank Hot since 82 who have put out a remix that is going to have everybody dancing to this past Christmas! Another track that has been doing great things all over the festival circuit this past year is the MK mix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ which is finally getting a single release next month, expect this to be massive all over again. Other ones to keep an ear out for are Danisim’s first release on the new Mjuzieek Undergrond Label entilted ‘Organic’, The Conkrete Digital ‘Remixed Vol.2’ EP which has four of their best tracks freshened up for the dancefloor once more! Look out for a new DJ mix coming up on my Facebook page and see you by the pool for our Halloween Ministry of Sound on October 31.