Today, 16th October, Barcelona electronic production duo AKKAN drops Ananda featuring digital cumbia pioneer Chancha Via Circuito – STREAM ANANDA HERE – another glimpse into their upcoming debut full length album due for release via cult Barcelona imprint Foehn Records on 4th December PRE-ORDER AKKAN ALBUM HERE
Talking about the collaboration with Chancha Via Circuit the duo explains; after producing more club-oriented music, we felt the need to experiment with more analogue sounds. We started working on Ananda while touring in Colombia, we recorded some melodic patterns with the DSI Prophet 08 and the Walford Blofeld, before adding some grooves with real percussion through our beloved Line6 DL4 Delay. We felt the initial demo was missing something and at that time we just happened to meet our friend Chancha Via Circuito at the Ozora Festival in Budapest, we showed him the idea, he liked it and so we just asked him to add his own magic to the track, it all flowed very naturally. The final cut perfectly represents what we wanted to achieve with this album; producing music with an ear to the dance floor but using richly textured sonic landscapes of organic sounds.
The new single follows up on the recently released Star Sitar, ANIMA feat. Nicola Cruz–collaborator Huaira and lasts summer release, El Mutal EP, which have seen support from the likes of Resident Advisor, Pop Matters, DMC World, Indie Shuffle and Kane FM, to name a few. The duos 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 Polo & Pan, SONNS, Ivan Smagghe, Jennifer 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 FM, Worldwide 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.
With Ananda AKKAN prove they belong to the new generation of producers taking up Chancha Via Circuito blueprint, expanding the current global electronic music scene that has been redefining dance music