After unveiling the track “Chapters” two months ago, Rakoon announces the release of his album “Something Precious” with a new single entitled “Hoi An”. This ballad has a very special place in the album as it symbolises for the artist the (re)discovery of something precious. A reunion with a kind of ecstasy, of spontaneity from the beginnings, which eventually became the main inspiration of the whole album. Through the song “Hoi An”, Rakoon softly shares this feeling of peace and serenity that he himself experienced while composing it.
Rakoon, a free spirit from the French electro-dub scene, known for his heavy weighted basslines in concert, comes back this year with his new album “Something Precious”.
Since his first hit “Healing Dub” viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube, the producer has pursued his quest for an ever more hybrid and unique sound, combining synths and samples from travels, within pop structures with electronic features. “Something Precious” is a true synthesis of the eagerness of his first works and the power of his previous album, and confirms an even more electronic turn in the artist’s career. It’s a bundle of energy carried by bewitching melodies; the travel journal of an enthusiastic musician, strewn with samples collected on the road.
“The musical guideline of this album first came one day when I got out of my studio after working on a track, feeling some kind of ecstasy that I hadn’t felt for years. Something that I used to feel almost every time I made music back when it wasn’t my job, but that had changed afterwards. It was like finding something really precious you thought you had lost forever…” says Rakoon about the genesis of this new album.
Whether it be with the intoxicating sample of “Hoi An” brought back from a trip to Vietnam or the galvanizing synths of “Chapters”, a hit cut for the dancefloor, Rakoon treats his early fans to new gems true to his carefully refined recipe. But he also doesn’t hesitate to venture into more electronic territories, like on the devastating “The Great Big Elephant”, with its catchy sample and its synth’s nods to trance. Or even to surprise, with the use of vocoder on “Rituals” for instance.
“Something Precious” is the result of a significant sound research and an in-depth work on emotions. Its magnificent cover is signed by the English illustrator Miles Tewson, and it can be listened to like a diary that Rakoon shares with generosity and dedication with those who follow him, on and off the stage.