“He has hit his stride” – The Age / Sydney Morning Herald (Mikey Cahill)
“a wonderful introduction to the world of “Dream Funk””– AU Review
“The vintage disco-infused production sounds so effortless, which is quite funny because when you start to really listen it’s pretty apparent that a lot of work has gone into making it sound so breezy. That’s without doubt one of the marks of a great artist.” – Double J
“You’ll get lost in the music of Ex-Olympian” – Mixdown Mag
Afterlife Remixed is a fresh take on Ex-Olympian’s 2020 debut Afterlife, calling on some friends, favourite musicians & DJs to rework some of their favourite songs on the record – giving them an Afterlife of their own. Afterlife Remixed is out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
The original record itself was influenced by themes of starting again, trial & error, renewal and dialogue. Liam McGorry aka Ex-Olympian says: “In this way, I thought it would be interesting to extend that dialogue and ask those same friends to reinterpret the works they have helped inspire in the first place”.
Featuring reworks by the College of Knowledge, GL, Alice Ivy, Katarzyna Wiktorski, Penny Dub, Pepito and Mike Gurrieri, it slides across the musical spectrum from jazz to soul, acid house and funk from song to song.
Alice Ivy, on her rework of ‘Voices In My Head‘: “Afterlife was one of my favourite records of 2020, I’m honoured that I was asked to remix ‘Voices In My Head’. The original mix had so much emotion to it, I wanted to tap into that energy in a more dancier way. Liam and I have shared a studio for a couple of years and he has contributed to a whole bunch of Alice songs with his horn playing, so this one was extra special to me! Thank you Ex-Olympian for trusting me with it!”
The first single from the EP was a College of Knowledge rework of the stunning ‘Lilac Youth’. Channelling the spirit of David Axelrod himself, College flip the original in a long-form funky meditation, like only they can… featuring some lyrical Farfisa melodies, intricate guitar lines and soulful Hohner D6 clavinet.
The work’s second taste, Penny In The Well (feat. Sam Lawrence), gets the Jarrad Brown treatment as Penny Dub. Jarrad & Liam have shared a special bond as friends since meeting while recording for Jarrad’s band Eagle and the Worm, continuing as housemates, and collaborating together in Dorsal Fins. The rework itself is equal parts Sly & Robbie and Stereolab, taking the effervescent original and transforming it into a downtempo after-hours affair.
Jarrad says: “As with many of Liam’s projects- I’ve been at the intersection of enjoying Liam’s record as a fan + also watching & being part of the making of it. Afterlife captures Liam shifting between personal creative expression and the collaboration of his community around him. My remix meets Liam’s sounds as a fan, through the lens of the community within Afterlife.
Ex-Olympian is the new musical vessel for Liam McGorry – songwriter & musician for bands such as Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. Named after the neon sign that adorns ‘Borsari’s Corner’ in Melbourne’s Lygon St, Ex-Olympian reflects the times we all need to shift things forward into a new phase. His debut record Afterlife saw McGorry received additions across Double J and national community radio play from 2SER, RRR, FBi, PBS, 4ZZZ and RTR.