Adelekan, Olugbenga


Born in Lagos to a Kenyan mother and Nigerian father, Olugbenga now resides by the sea in Brighton. His childhood was split between Nigeria and the Netherlands, before moving to the UK where he studied at King's College, Cambridge. These cultures and experiences are a never-ending inspiration for Olugbenga and feed his unique ‘epic & blues’ sound.

He has travelled the world working as a bass player and vocalist, lending his talents to groups such as 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.  

Whitley, Kate


Kate Whitley (b. 1989) is composer and pianist based in South London. She runs The Multi-Story Orchestra with Christopher Stark, which is based in a car park in Peckham as part of Bold Tendencies. She won a 2014 Borletti- Buitoni Trust Special Award and a 2013 Sky Academy Futures Fund Bursary. Her 2014 piece Alive to words by Holly McNish won a British Composers Award and was described as ‘a remarkable feat, with a genuine emotional gravity’ (The Telegraph). She has been hailed as a ‘remarkable and innovative young musician’ (Seen and Heard International), and her music described as ‘uniquely sensitive’ (Bachtrack) and ‘powerfully moving’ (Edinburgh Fringe Review). She was 2013 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company and 2015 New Music Programmer at Kettles Yard Art Gallery. Her music for Flight by choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon for Rambert toured the UK in 2016. Her opera Paws and Padlocks with librettist Sabrina Mahfouz was commissioned by Blackheath Opera for their community opera programme and is about two children who get trapped in a zoo overnight. Her piece Speak out, using words taken from Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 UN speech, was commissioned by the BBC for International Women’s Day 2017.

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Thom, Eloisa-Fleur


Eloisa-Fleur Thom is a prize-winning violinist, director and curator. Highlights of her career so far have included performing J.S Bach's Concerto for two violins with the celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov, and chamber music with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (LCO soloists). In the past few years Eloisa-Fleur has given performances at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Ashmolean Museum's 'Stradivarius' exhibition, Leeds International Concert Series, St George’s Bristol, been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and collaborated with Rambert Dance Company & composer Kate Whitley. Eloisa-Fleur is the Artistic Director and Leader of 12 ensemble, a virtuosic un-conducted string orchestra of a dozen young elite musicians who are currently taking the London music scene by storm. They recently performed at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2016 alongside Max Richter. Eloisa-Fleur held a 2015/16 creative residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

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Using fragments of Kate Whitley's 3 Pieces for Violin and Piano as a starting point, this specially devised re-mix by Olugbenga Adelekan, of Mercury Prize nominated band Metronomy has been created to accompany NMC's GCSE resource, R:STRNG, a remix app for music students. Designed to meet the KS3 and KS4 curriculum, the app provides the remix software for students to create their own re-mixes of Kate's piece using the same techniques as Adelekan. To read more about our Education projects click here.


'I heard a great deal of optimism in ‘3 Pieces’ as well as a very stark beauty. I wanted to retain that whilst also creating a remix that stood very much as its own thing. It was only my second time remixing something with no vocal track or big melodic top line to hang things around. I had a lot of fun trying to get my head around that! I treated all the audio parts from Kate’s piece like a new sample library – I took some bits to create a piano pad and others to build a new string section. So the only sounds that came from elsewhere were the drums. The sun was shining through a little window into my studio while I was working on the remix and I think some of that light made its way into the music.' Olugbenga Adelekan


3 Pieces for Violin and Piano features on Kate Whitley's Debut Disc I am I say, available on NMC here.



With thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in
NMC’s Debut Discs series, including this remix project.

The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Foundation
Colwinston Charitable Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
RVW Trust

The Richard Thomas Foundation
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate


Remix by Olugbenga Adelekan

Ian Carter Mastering

Catalogue number:
NMC DL3031
Release Date:
24 March 2017