The Rakes have roped in an unknown Asian rapper to help finish their second album.
Singer Alan Donohoe has teamed up with Raxstar, who he found on MySpace, and a singer called Laura Marling for ‘Ten New Messages’‘ standout track ‘Suspicious Eyes’.
He said: “It’s four different characters on a Tube, just trying to summarise their internal monologues. It was written after the 7/7 Tube bombings, but it’s more just about the thoughts that go through people’s heads.
“My character is just hungover on the way to work; there’s a woman with her kid, and a young Asian guy who everyone’s looking at. It’s a delicate subject matter so I wanted to get an authentic point of view from Raxstar.”
‘Ten New Messages’ is due out in March.