My frequent collaborator, 35mmBeats, introduced me to this mix-tape maestro way back (at least 6 months ago), though I must admit, it wasn’t until the last month or so that I really gave this artist the listening time he deserves. But for the past week, i’ve listened (almost exclusively) to Mr. London and i’m quite impressed/obsessed.
It’s hard to describe Theophilus London’s sound. Yes. He’s a Brooklyn rapper, but his electro, dark synth, 80’s hip hop, indie influences, and songwriting skills (not to mention his keen fashion sense), set him apart from the typical hip hopper. I should also note, he’s reached critical acclaim without ever releasing a full length.
Some of my favorite Theophilus tracks are below, but be sure to pick up the Lovers Holiday EP on February 8 (preorder) and keep an eye out for his debut full length, which is set for a Spring release. Also, be sure to bookmark This Charming Blog to maintain your Theophilus fix.
[UPDATE] You can stream the entire Lovers Holiday EP courtesy of Spin Magazine.
Theophilus London – GREY X SAGE (Sabali Remix)
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (Theophilus London Remix)
The xx – You’ve Got The Love (Theophilus London Remix)
Theophilus London – Flying Overseas (feat Devonté Hynes & Solange Knowles)
Theophilus London – Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin) [free download here]