Today 4th September, Barcelona electronic production duo AKKAN unveil ‘ANIMA’ featNicola Cruzcollaborator Huaira, the first single taken from their upcoming debut full length album due for release via cult Barcelona imprint Foehn Records on 30th October.
Recorded during a road trip to Iceland, “in a very strange place in the north of the island, during a road trip with some friends after playing at Icelandic Airwaves”, explains the band. “We were literally running out of fuel and there was no place to refill, it was getting dark and it didn’t seem like a good idea to sleep in the car at -10ºC, so we decided to spend the night in an odd guest house that we found by chance in the middle of nowhere. We took the equipment from the car and had a session next to the fire. That moment was so special and the result was also very cool, these two melodies were recorded with the Access Virus and the DSI Prophet but we had no tempo reference and that’s why the sound is so liquid”. Directed by Paul Mahon the visual accompanying the track, embodies the chromatic nuances of the track’s organic-electronic sound –
The new single follows up on the recently released ‘El Mutal’ EP, which has seen support from the likes of DMC WorldIndie Shuffle and Kane FM, to name a few. The duo’s early EPs, the DJ Mag-supported debut EP ‘Bananat’ and ‘Kai’, were released on trailblazer Parisian label La Belle Records, while ‘Regaliu’, their second EP – released on cult Barcelona imprint Foehn Records – already garnered the attention of some of the most respected DJs in the world, including SONNSIvan SmaggheJennifer Cardini and Ewan Pearson, the duo are known for their organic live shows, which Nialler9 included in their Best of Iceland Airwaves Festival, “no laptop in sight, one of them on controllers and the other on digital percussion – the recorded versions of their fruity, balmy electronics are brought up to a fever pitch making everyone dance”. Whilst their releases have been praised in the pages of credible dance music publications including, DJ Mag, Faze, Tsugi and DMC World, while their tracks travelled the world thanks to spins on Rinse FMWorldwide FM, RTE Pulse and Kane FM.
Born out of the collaboration between Barcelona producers BeGun and Ocellot, AKKAN came together after a shamanic and hallucinogenic journey in Southern Africa, during which the two Catalan musicians started working on what will become their signature sound; club-oriented organic electronica characterized by jungle sounds, shimmering analog synths, tribal percussions, exotic vocals, trippy melodies and folk instruments that flow in a stimulating and highly contagious array of beats.
‘ANIMA’ is set to establish AKKAN and their inventive ‘house music without borders’ as one of the most intriguing acts to come out of the current global electronic music scene that has been redefining dance music with the use of folkloristic grooves and organic sounds.