Since the debut of his second mixtape “This Charming Man” Theophilus London has had much of the music world intrigued. The mixtape captured the right blend of hip hop, electronica, soul, alternative rock….and damn near everything that could fit into his “HumDrum Town”. This Brooklyn MC has become a breath of fresh air, delivering a quality sound and style. And like any great artist he didn’t bring us a sound we already loved, but a sound we didn’t even know we liked.
“This Charming Man” placed London center stage; the guy with the quirky style and an even quirkier name was hard not to notice. He’s landed on numerous Top Album/Artist list for 2009, gained a respectable fan base, toured around the globe, Snagged a few magazine features (Fader & Complex to name a few) and lets not forget mentionable collaborations with Mark Ronson and Gucci.
Whether intentional or not, Theo pushed the envelope with This Charming Man. It was a project that did not fit into any bold boundaries or genre. London’s remakes to such tracks as Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” and Amadou & Miriam’s “Sabali”, allowed him incorporate his cool and eclectic sound to classic and somewhat staple records. These remakes merged and blurred genre lines. It was a mixture, a blend of audio pleasure. It was a look into Theo’s diverse musical inspirations, ranging from Morrissey to Marvin Gaye. It was the perfect embodiment of the today’s youth. It was, dare I say…. CLASSIC!
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