Remember Desert Heat? The UAE hip-hop duo, comprising Emirati brothers Salim Dahman (‘Illmiyah’) and Abdullah (‘Arableak’), burst onto the scene with debut album When the Desert Speaks in 2008. Now Illmiyah is going it alone with a solo album, Stereotyped, which launched last week on National Day. Check next week’s issue for a full interview.
In terms of new openings, we’ve got fresh news on Beirut institution MusicHall, whose Dubai opening has been mooted for a while. A little birdie says it’s set to open on January 17. Expect a lively cabaret feel.
Hip members club Blue Marlin Ibiza has unveiled a hot international guest for next week on Friday December 14, with Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones stopping by. We think his chilled beats will go down a storm on the beach. And if you like your house but want something closer to home, check out Germany’s Daniel Solar at 360° on the same night.
If you’re wondering where US rapper Keith Murray is, never fear – his planned gig at Sublime this week has been moved back a week to Saturday December 15.
It’s the biggest party of the year, and details are already starting to filter through about this year’s New Years’ Eve bashes. In case you’ve been on another planet, the two big ’uns are Sandance NYE – which has taken a surprisingly female-focused turn, with Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora headlining alongside Dubai staples Paul van Dyke and Roger Sanchez – and Atelier NYE, which is hosting a Gorillaz soundsystem set (ie minus Damon) and a DJ set from Faithless alongside Snoop Dogg/Lion live.
But before you go for the big guys on NYE, we’ve heard house-heads Audio Tonic are going head to head with stalwarts Infusion for one night only at 360°, hosting a Crazy P DJ set upstairs and Inland Knights down below. Elsewhere, Yves Larock is preparing to rock XL Beach Club and Barasti is bringing in clubbing brand Hed Kandi. Movida is hosting a black-tie bash, while we’ve heard top club Trilogy – oddly – is planning to host resident DJs rather than shelling out on international talent.
That’s all, party people – now it’s time to get out and play.