Lagos raised, London based Olugbenga plays bass in UK electro-pop outfit Metronomy and crafts his own experimental solo concoctions. For our fifteenth installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, he integrates influences from a Nigerian childhood with modern grime cuts from his global contemporaries.
In AIYE #15: By Day I Am Nothing, By Night I Am Myself Olugbenga streamlines through a club floor-meets-cave lounge mix that pairs some of our favorite Nigerian artists — eLDee, D’banj, Zara Gretti, Seun Kuti — with the likes of Seye, M.I.A., and Clams Casino. In his words:
This mix is meant to come from a dozy 1 AM place. Songs run into one another, people you know intimately rub shoulders with people like MIA, time feels elastic and it’s perhaps a little eerie.
Without really intending it when I set out, the second half of the mix has a definite political dimension to it too. It’s the first thing I’ve done post-Occupy Nigeria, so I guess it’s not that surprising. No surprise too that Seun Kuti puts it all in a much more compelling fashion than I can.
Seye – White Noise [OLUGBENGA OKAY RE-EDIT]
Uppers International – Dankasa
eLDee – Wash Wash
D’Banj – Suddenly
Zara Gretti – Teno
MIA – XR2
Metronomy – Loving Arm (Soul Clap’s Shake A Leg Mix)
D’Banj – Pastor (Interlude)
Plastician feat. Skepta – Intensive Snare
Clams Casino – Real Sh*t From A Real N*gga [OLUGBENGA OKAY RE-EDIT]
Orezi feat. DJ Jam Jam – Jamilaya
OLUGBENGA – UNTITLED REMIX
Seun Kuti – Rise (Swizz Beats Remix)
Seun Kuti – Rise [OLUGBENGA OKAY RE-EDIT]
Niyi – Great Britain
Previously on Africa In Your Earbuds: RICH MEDINA, VOICES OF BLACK, LAMIN FOFANA, CHICO MANN, DJ UNDERDOG, DJ OBAH, SABINE, BROTHA ONACI, DJ AQBT, JUST A BAND, STIMULUS, QOOL DJ MARV, SINKANE, CHIEF BOIMA.