Brooklyn MC Theophilus London is a part of that rare breed of people born to be an entertainer – a performer & fashionista, with swag written from head to toe and a name you won’t forget.
Originally from Trinidad in the southern most point of the Caribbean, London’s international roots began with tours the Caribbean and Americas, drawing his inspiration from OG pop hipsters like Prince and Michael Jackson as well as the new wave of Elvis Costello and The Smiths. Theo burst onto the scene in ‘08 with a series of mixtapes beginning with his 2008 “I’m Not Like the Rest of Them” “JAM” release, followed shortly by the heavily Smiths influenced tape “This Charming Mixtape” in ’09 – a clear demonstration of TL’s cross-over potential and, well, charm. The result has been described as a “Bloc Party meets Kid Cudi light electronica remixtape,” with hits like,“CPU Love” – which boasted London’s lyrical swag on Kraftwerk’s “Computer Love” synths while “HumDrum Town” took the Smiths – “William, It Was Really Nothing” into an indie hiphop-soul anthem.
With the success of Charming, growing fan base and signing to Warner Music Group, TL continued to polish his electronica-indierock –Brooklyn-soul-hop party crossover sound with his 2011 debut full length album “Timez Are Weird These Days”. Hits like “All Around The World” and “Last Name London” shot through the blogosphere like wild fire, praised by Rolling Stone and Spin and catapulting the young artist into a light he was made for:
Over the past few years his fans have been privileged enough to see TL’s musical and celebrity hipster style grow and mature, staying true to his self-proclaimed freshness that “all starts with what’s comfortable” – as in that comfortable feeling when being featured in GQ, Esquire, Vogue, NY Times, Complex, Fader and NME.
In April 2012, Theophilus London let the sun set on Timez into the powerful EDM-infused remix album Timez Are Weird These Nights featuring flips from heavyweight dubstep producer Skream, Italian jumpstep duo Crookers remix of “Stop It” and nudisco champion Fred Falke flip on “Love is Real.”
This past summer Theo also hit a note at the ever growing Mad Decent Block Party, alongside Wintersalt performers Dillon Francis and Paper Diamond. On a scale from shy and frugal to loud and lavish, the Brooklyn-rapper turned international crossover debonair has a big spending, soundsystem-thumping live performance ready to bring to us at Wintersalt on Saturday Dec. 29th.
– Bobby Spinola