The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn't get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions. Beyond Creation - Earthborn Evolution Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea The Neighbourhood - #000000 & #FFFFFF Taylor Swift - 1989 Charli XCX - Sucker Blockhead - Bells and Whistles The Budos Band - Burnt Offering Savages & Bo Ningen - Words To The Blind Gazelle Twin - Unflesh MONO - Rays of Darkness / The Last Dawn Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies PRhyme - S/T Theophilus London - Vibes
Theophilus London drops a new single, and features A$AP Rocky on it. As many of you may know. I wasn't completely in love with London's full-length debut, but expected better days for this guy, for sure.
However, this new single has me on the fence. It seems Theophilus is heading down the road of swag rap, and he's holding A$AP's hand along the way. With reference to his team, Rolexes, and kush, I fear he's moving into territory where he'll lose what made him unique in the first place.
This video is a collaborative review with the good guys over at Dead End Hip Hop. Here's the text they popped in the description box: "We couldn't hook up with The Needle Drop and not do an album review. Brooklyn MC Theophilus London drops his debut album a few weeks back, "Timez Are Weird These Days". Dead End Hip Hop and The Needle Drop links and brings you this album review on an eccentric artist that crosses both hip hop and pop and electronic and so much more."
2. Metronomy- "The Bay" (Clock Opera Remix)
5. Mitzi- "Morning Light" (Softwar Remix)
6. Theophilus London ft. Sarah Quin- "Why Even Try" (RAC Remix)
From the LP Timez Are Weird These Days, here's "I Stand Alone," which serves as a closing track for the album. Timez Are Weird drops tomorrow, too!
It's a display of New York rapper Theophilus London's poppier sensibilities. How this guy combines hip hop and pop attracted me on first listen with Lover's Holiday, and I'm excited to hear it carried out in full force on this new album.
Stream the track above, dig on its lone wolf hook and electronic backdrop.
Believe it or not, this video actually reminds me of when I was in high school. At least once a week, I'd head over to a friend's place and we'd hang out and watch crude, offensive flash cartoons on newgrounds.com. I feel like I've already seen thirty cartoons like this one, hah!
Be looking out for Theo's new album, Timez Are Weird These Days. It's dropping July 19th.
Video for the track "Last Name London," which is coming off Theophilus London's forthcoming LP, Timez Are Weird These Days. That LP is getting a July 19th release via Warner Bros.
As you may already know, I dug the EP to drop earlier this year a lot.
Theophilus London's new EP, Lover's Holiday, is a piece of pop rap I can really get down with. Not only are some strong new wave influences tastefully shown on off this thing, but the songwriting is crafted for maximum enjoyability. With strong melodies, beats, and guest singers, Theo has set a serious bar for himself when his next full-length drops later this year. Outperforming singles like "Flying Overseas" is going to be a tough thing to do.
Overall, these songs are rich with hooks, melody, and personality. I kind of get the feeling the this guy might be bordering on being a little too "cool" for my ears, but it's nothing I can't handle.