The track was first revealed in 2016 when a recording of a live performance surfaced online. Last October, London played a version of the track while appearing on Beats 1’s Televised Episode with Virgil Abloh.
The two parties have now released the full song. Yesterday (January 29), London teased its arrival by tweeting: “Back applying pressure and ?things up with another smash feat. @tameimpala.” You can listen to ‘Whiplash’ below now.
— Theophilus London (@TheophilusL) January 29, 2019
‘Whiplash’ is not the first collaboration London and Parker have worked on together. Last year, they released a cover of Steve Monite’s 1984 song ‘Only You’.
Meanwhile, Parker recently gave an update on Tame Impala’s next album. The frontman revealed he hadn’t set himself a strict deadline by which to complete the record by, saying: “I wouldn’t want in 20 years to be listening to an album I made now and think that I finished it for any deadline or any particular reason. It was finished because it was finished.
“Anticipation is good… I want to be the kind of artist that feels empowered by people waiting to hear what I’ve got. This is the Gaga in me speaking.”
The Australian band are set to headline California’s Coachella festival in April, but Parker revealed that he initially forgot to tell the rest of the band about the major booking. “They would’ve woken up, seen the poster and thought it was a joke,” he said. “If they read this interview, they’ll know I forgot. We’re not much of a celebratory gang.”
Tame Impala last released an album with 2015’s ‘Currents’. The record featured tracks including ‘Let It Happen’, ‘Eventually’, and ‘New Person, Same Old Mistakes’, the latter of which was covered by Rihanna on her ‘Anti’ album.