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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #15: OLUGBENGA

Download Metronomy bassist Olugbenga's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape with influences from his Nigerian childhood and modern grime cuts.


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 SeyeM.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.

Stream and download AIYE #15: By Day I Am Nothing, By Night I Am Myself below! Huge props to Underdog for the incredible cover artwork! Catch Olugbenga on tour in the US & Canada with Metronomy.

TRACKLIST

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 MANNDJ UNDERDOGDJ OBAHSABINEBROTHA ONACIDJ AQBTJUST A BANDSTIMULUSQOOL DJ MARVSINKANECHIEF BOIMA.

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