TUNE Athlete Whippet - Be Reborn (feat. Olugbenga)
"The track is a woozy, funk-drenched house trip that should help you ward off the winter darkness just that little bit longer" DJ Magazine
Athlete Whippet & Olugbenga (of Metronomy) today unveil new single, Be Reborn. An edgy house tune that builds into a cacophony of hugely danceable rhythms. The new single follows All At Once, a track lauded by Jack Saunders, Tom Ravenscroft, Amazing Radio and Worldwide FM as well as Dork and The Line Of Best Fit.
Olugbenga Adelekan, who is best known as the bassist in Metronomy, describes the new single:
"Be Reborn is an interesting one - a track that has itself been reborn a few times. Its emotional core concerns a question. Is there a better version of yourself to be found within? Is the person you see the same as the person other people see? Who can we look to for these answers? The lyrics to the original demo addressed these directly, but in the course of collaboration the track was distilled again and again until Robin and Avi hit on something like its essential form. But I listen to the final version and remain haunted by those original questions."
Athlete Whippet going on to say:
"Getting Benga on board for this one totally did the magic... we’d been sitting on it for a while as an instrumental in all sorts of different shapes but it was just not quite there yet. It lives off all these little fragments of live instruments that make it vivid and give it expression and emotional depth. So that’s how we treated Benga’s vocals as well, chopping it up and give it a role that’s kind of similar to the other instruments - almost like something that was played rather than sung."
Athlete Whippet are a South London House duo consisting of Aviram Barath and Robin Paul Braum. To date they have featured on the likes of Mixmag, Boiler Room, DJ Magazine as well as Radio 1 and 6 Music. They've also shared stages with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco as well as being remixed by an array of talent including Ross From Friends & Baltra. This EP is their first release collaborating with a guest vocalist. Hinting at new crossover paths - while losing none of their distinctive sound - which has seen them lauded for their warmth and playfulness and also the way in which they fuse genres.
Olugbenga has travelled the world working as a bass player and vocalist, performing and writing with groups such as Solange, Damon Albarn’s Africa Express, Paloma Faith and La Roux. He is best known for his long-standing association with Metronomy, but OLUGBENGA has also lent his talents as a remixer to the likes of Laura Marling, Janelle Monae, Mew, Alt-J, Depeche Mode and the Scissor Sisters.
The resulting EP is a rich and harmonious affair - 3 tracks displaying various elements of dance music - while incorporating traditional instruments, analogue hardware and the use of fragmented samples in the production. Athlete Whippet are set to DJ at Dalston Superstore on November 14th