Introducing: Theophilus London's Debut Record

Introducing: Theophilus London's Debut Record

Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, New York City say hello to hip-hop renaissance man Theophilus London. We first heard of him through YouTube and his track "Humdrum Town" (listen further down) and we've been watching him closely ever since. He just released his debut record in July 2011 titled "Timez Are Weird These Days", but he's been putting out EP's and mixtapes since 2009.

The 23-year-old fuses retro grooves with hip-hop rhythms, mashes it up with TV on the Radio-esque vocals, throws in some old-school break beats and occasionally tops it off with than a passing nod to the melancholy melodies of the Smiths. He's also one of the few artists that actually sings the choruses to his songs (unlike many contemporary hip-hop artists with their auto-tune soaked vocals....)

Imagine Kanye West shaking hands with KiD CuDi whilst Marvin Gaye looks on and nods with approval. Here's our personal fav track of his "Humdrum Town" which we mentioned earlier.

Theophilus London - Humdrum Town [soundcloud url="" comments="true" auto_play="false" color="ff7700" width="97%" height="81"]

"Last Name London" is the latest - a fresh slice of new wave beats and tight rhymes.

His debut record _'Timez Are Weird These Days" _ is out now. It was produced with John Hill (Santigold, Amanda Blank), Jocko (Robyn), Foreign Born's Ariel Rechtshaid (We Are Scientists), and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek - so that should give you a good idea as to what to expect. It even features Sarah Quin of Tegan and Sara on the track "Why Even Try".

"London creates massive scenes of glitzy spaciousness, full of enough style and finesse to fill three more albums." -

" pleasurable, largely upbeat, and bouncy. A rock-rap hybrid inspired by the pop appeal of new wave and occasionally sweetened with flashes of early-‘80s funk" -!/THEOPHILUSL

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