Bahrain DJ Dave Hayes tells us what's hot and what's not
Time Out Bahrain staff
Greetings readers and best wishes for 2014, hopefully you will have noticed my absence from these pages for the past couple of months due mostly to a cheeky extended vacation and a well-deserved break from DJ’ing. Refreshed and back on the island, it’s great to be back in the hot seat of Bahrain’s ultimate guide to fresh new music.
As the first few months of the year are always pretty quiet for new releases, most reviewers use this time to list their top ten of the previous year, now I’m not gonna do exactly that, but I feel I should give a few honourable mentions to some of my favourites from the past 12 months, which could be helpful, especially if, like most people, you have an excess of iTunes vouchers to use up!
Reviewed a couple of months back, the debut album from London Grammar is definitely at the top of my list. ‘If You Wait’ is quite simply stunning, understated lo-fi beats with Hannah Reid’s emotionally charged vocals make this the perfect soundtrack to an evening on the sofa with a glass of your favourite beverage. Imagine dragons were my tip for 2013 way back in my first column at the beginning of last year and it’s been great to see their album ‘Night Visions’ do well, most will have heard them, if only for the track ‘Radioactive’ that has been a staple of many radio playlists. The Virginmarys debut ‘King of Conflict’ didn’t really take off as predicted in the UK, but the band have been making a huge impact on the US music scene and were named the Best Breakthrough Act at the 2013 Classic Rock Awards. I’m still hedging my bets for this being a big success this year. Unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll. Others that I didn’t get a chance to mention before, but have become essentials on my stereo include the second album by US Indi pop band Fitz & the Tantrums entitled ‘More Than Just a Dream’, Bastille’s debut ‘Bad Blood’, Irish rock band Kodaline’s ‘In a Perfect World’ and the debut album from UK garage duo Disclosure entitled ‘Settle’. That’s me done for last year, hope you find something there that you enjoy as much as I did.
So then, let’s get back to the present and some things to look forward to this month. My featured album is the second by the UK garage/dubstep songstress Katy B, having been nominated for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize with her first album ‘On a Mission’ , she is set to release ‘Little Red’ on the tenth of this month. Moving away from her underground roots, she definitely has her sights firmly set on the mainstream with this album of 12 tracks including her last single ‘5am’, the big club track ‘Aaliyah’ featuring Jessie Ware and next single ‘Crying For No Reason’, take a much more commercial and radio-friendly approach that should see her established as one of the UK’s biggest artists of 2014. A great start to the year and good marketing by her record company.
Another album to get excited about this month is ‘Glow’, Tensnake’s first full-length album after a string of club hits over the past few years including the anthem ‘Coma Cat’, ‘Can you feel it’ and ‘58BPM’. Latest single ‘Love Sublime’ featuring the very on form Nile Rodgers is already blowing up clubland. The album’s set to be released towards the end of this month from the usual outlets.
Purchase and listening links for all the mentioned releases can be found by heading to my Facebook page along with information as to where you can hear me playing this month and of course a selection of my monthly DJ mixes for you to download for your car and home listening pleasure. Happy listening and thanks for reading, see you out and about on one of Bahrain’s cooler dance-floors this month and be sure to say hi. Laterz.