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Timez Are Weird These Days

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Last Name London
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Love Is Real
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Wine And Chocolates
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All Around The World
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She's Great
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Why Even Try
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Stop It
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One Last Time
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Lighthouse
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I Stand Alone
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Nate Patrin’s writing has appeared in several far-flung corners of music critic circles, ranging from Pitchfork to SPIN to the Seattle Weekly and the Minneapoli...more »

07.19.11
Positioned to bring London's indie-pop-inflected sound to a breakout audience
2011 | Label: Warner Bros.

An odd splinter faction of independent hip hop has arisen in the last half-decade or so, resulting in a wave of acts — Spank Rock, Plastic Little, Kirb and Chris, Ninjasonik — that have heads knitting their brows over the looming specter of “hipster rap.” Brooklyn’s Theophilus London is the latest in that line, and his cosigns — including Solange Knowles, TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek, and Sara Quin… read more »

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Dude brings the funk and rocks it well

neofightclub1013

To surprise when I showed up at Terminal Five in NY to catch Friendly Fires perform, Theophilus London was opening up for them and my friend had already been introduced to his music over in Georgia (not the city, the country by Russia) I had no idea what to expect but sure enough, Theophilus rocked the stage and had me jumping the whole time. He has a very sassy but classy way about his style and approach to the hip hp scene, one that I feel has begun to take a new shift because of people like him and Kid Cudi and Gym Class Heros amongst a few. Don't sleep on Theophilus, this man and his group are definitely gonna make some serious noise in the next few years.

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One of the mixtapes from this Brooklyn MC/singer, I Want You, featured a title track that took almost as many liberties with Marvin Gaye as a Hennessy ad campaign. Here, with his debut for Reprise, Theophilus London playfully swipes imagery from the man who wrote “I Want You,” Leon Ware; the cover of Timez Are Weird These Days mirrors that of Ware’s self-titled album from 1982, just as his other releases referenced older album covers. It indicates that Timez might not be that much different from those releases, rather than the crossover-aiming overhaul one might expect from major-label involvement. Sure enough, Timez is no shake-up, rooted in impish party-soundtrack material. While this is the most concentrated and focused London release, boasting a relatively tight set of productions from John Hill (Santigold, Amanda Blank), Jocko (Robyn), Foreign Born’s Ariel Rechtshaid (We Are Scientists), and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, most of the tracks have the same effect provided by the mixtape material. On the surface, the album is pleasurable, largely upbeat and bouncy — a rock-rap hybrid inspired by the pop appeal of new wave, occasionally sweetened with flashes of early ‘80s funk. London is most charming when he’s given some space and sings, as he does very sweetly in the chorus of “Why Even Try,” featuring Tegan & Sara’s Sara Quin. – Andy Kellman

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