The Rakes reunite with singer

And their Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds supergroup track is featured on our amazing free CD

The Rakes have reunited with singer Alan Donohoe – but a track the rest of the band recorded while he was away with Bloc Party, Maximo Park and Towers Of London features on a free CD with NME this week.

With Donohoe fighting fit after beating an illness that meant he couldn’t appear at last month’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals, the band filmed a video for forthcoming single ’22 Grand Job’ last week (September 17) in London.

“I’m good – I just needed a bit of time off which was what the doctors ordered,” explained the singer of his absence which saw Bloc Party, Towers Of London and Maximo Park replace him at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals for the same song – the results of which can be heard on this week’s NME CD.

“I was checking NME.COM to see if there was any news and I was really pleased that it worked out really well, I’m really grateful to the guys who helped us out,” Donohoe explained. “I was actually a bit nervous, especially about Kele doing it because I’m really impressed with his voice. I was like ‘Oh shit, I hope I’m not out of a job!’ I’m a bit scared to listen to it (the recordings) just in case it’s better than me.”

Also featured on the ‘Soundtrack Of Your Summer’ CD are tracks from Arcade Fire, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Editors and Maximo Park, amongst others.

The tracklisting runs:

Arcade Fire – ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’’

Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Take My Temperature’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’

The Little Flames – ‘Put Your Dukes Up, John’

Editors – ‘Lights’

The Cribs – ‘You Were Always The One’

Maximo Park – ‘Graffiti (live)’

Boy Kill Boy – ‘Last Of The Great’

Juliette And The Licks – ‘American Boy Vol 2’

BRMC – ‘Howl’

The Longcut – ‘Dead Man’

Art Brut – ‘Formed A Band’

British Sea Power – ‘Please Stand Up’

The Rakes ft Bloc Party, Maximo Park and Towers Of London – ’22 Grand Job’

The new issue of NME is out now nationwide.