‘A’kes El Shi’
The Bahraini-Palestinian singer-songwriter is back with another single blending influences and sounds from East and West. “A’kes El Shi” (The Opposite of That) is about someone who discovers their partner fails to back up their words with actions. “I liked the fact that although she is sad, she is also empowered — in a way — by knowing the truth,” Banah said in a statement.
The Lebanese indie group dropped a new video for this track from their most-recent EP, “Studies of an Unknown Lover,” early in March. Directed by Adam Jammal, it’s an appropriate visual accompaniment for this elegiac, cinematic track about someone haunted by a missing lover.
An album of experimental soundscapes created 2011 but only released last month. “Fake Sounds” won’t be getting any airtime on commercial radio, but as a creative record of a period of unrest in Bahrain, it’s an interesting listen. “I began recording… things. I didn’t ask questions, I didn’t overthink, I just did,” the artist, Ali Al-Saeed, wrote on Facebook. “Make of it what you will, but it reflects the state we were in back then.”
The Lebanese DJ and producer dropped this “high-energy anthem” (the press release’s words, not ours) on Valentine’s Day. It’s a collaboration with Hungarian singer Mardoll and Nigerian rapper Skales on which Sleiman sings for the first time. “It’s a track that gets you up and excited for a workout,” Sleiman says. “It’s uplifting, a bit disruptive, and aimed at hyping up listeners.”